In school, history can be deadly boring: all those lists of dates, battles, inaugurations, names. Meaningless-looking timelines that stretch across the pages ticking off events that altered the very course of human history, which were condemned to repeat if we fail to remember it. Well, dual exhibits coming to the Boca Raton Museum of Art (501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) will put that seemingly dry history and meaningless human experience on the canvas and bring to vibrant life the reality of the people who lived through it (finally!). Robert Vickrey: The Magic of Realism and Art for the People: 20th Century Social Realism both open Tuesday and run through June 19 and September 11, respectively. Realism is about the depiction of everyday life through art. But more particular, Art for the People aims to follow the progress of American social evolution from the 1920s through the 1960s: from the Great Depression, through two world wars, and culminating in the social upheaval of the civil rights era. Call 561-392-2500, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit bocamuseum.org.
Tuesdays-Fridays, Sundays. Starts: April 26. Continues through Sept. 11, 2011