May 26, 2007 - January 6, 2008 - New York
Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson and John Smith all recorded sightings of mermaids. Sea monsters populated the old ships' logs, too. "The eye sees a fragment and the mind fills the rest," explains a placard near the entrance to Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street. The exhibit pulls together drawings, maps and other renderings of mythological beings famous (Loch Ness monster) and obscure (hippocampus, bunyip and kappa). A 1585 map of Iceland shows a volcano-pocked land surrounded by creatures with fishlike bodies and heads like cows and horses.
September 23, 2007 - January 6, 2008 - Chicago
The Chicago History Museum's (1601 N. Clark St.) exhibition, Chicago in Maps will explore why we create and how we use maps--what they tell us about how we live and what we value; and how they reflect our understanding of the city at different points in history. The exhibit will feature maps from Chicago History Museum's collections that document the city in a variety of ways, such as population density, building types, transit systems, and infrastructure. The exhibit will also include maps that employ different techniques to visualize a place, such as bird's eye views, plans, renderings, or satellite maps. In addition to a rich display of extraordinary historic maps of the city, a large schematic map of Chicagoland will serve as a platform onto which maps and map-related artwork, generated through family programs during the summer, will be attached. Our hope is to reinforce the message that the maps we make reflect what we value and how we live. This exhibition is part of the city-wide Festival of Maps.
October 11, 2007 - January 6, 2008 - Seattle
This fall, the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue, showcases the splendid exhibition Japan Envisions the West: 16th -19th Century Japanese Art from Kobe City Museum, which will be presented in two parts, Part I: Oct. 11 through Nov. 25, 2007 and Part II: Dec. 1, 2007 through Jan. 6, 2008. Organized by the Seattle Art Museum in collaboration with Kobe City Museum, the exhibition provides an intriguing window on the early interaction between Japan and the West during the period of the 16th to 19th centuries. Japan Envisions the West will include 142 cultural treasures from the Kobe City Museum, many of which have never traveled outside of Japan before. The exhibition features rare and exquisite paintings, prints, maps, ceramics, lacquer ware, metal ware, glass ware, leather ware and textiles. Demonstrating not only how Japanese and Westerners comprehended and appreciated each others' cultures, the exhibition also raises important contemporary questions about how we perceive people and cultures different from our own. Included is Depiction of the Island of Japan, (1595) by Luis Teixeira (Portuguese, 1564-1604), which is the first map of Japan published in Europe. Halfway through the exhibition there will be a changeover in works on paper which includes all the prints and maps. Exhibited works in part I and II can be checked in the website. Accompanying the exhibition will be a handsome 224 page scholarly catalogue published by the University of Washington Press and devoted to the influence of Western art and culture in Japan.
October 19, 2007 - January 6, 2008 - Amsterdam
After Rome and Venice, no city has been as frequently pictured as Amsterdam. Het Aanzien van Amsterdam: panorama's, plattegronden en profielen uit de Gouden Eeuw exhibits images of the city - panoramas, plans and profiles. Thousands of such images of the city were made in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. The exhibit can be seen at the Stadsarchief Amsterdam, Vijzelstraat 32; open Tuesday till Saturday 10.00-17.00 and Sunday 11.00-17.00. A book with the exhibition title has been published and is available in the museum bookshop.
November 10, 2007 - January 6, 2008 - Joliet, Illinois
The Canal and Regional History Special Collection at Lewis University, as part of the Chicago Map Festival, will have an exhibition, Communicating Connections: Canals in Great Britain and the United States, at the Joliet Area Historical Museum, 204 Ottawa Street, Phone: 815-723-5201.
November 16, 2007 - January 6, 2008 - Chicago
The Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, as part of the Chicago-wide 2007 Festival of Maps, has an exhibit that will provide families with an exciting opportunity to immerse themselves in the thrilling world of maps - National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure! Dynamic exhibit elements invite families to become explorers, chart new territory and plan their own adventures. Guests will be introduced to well-known land, air, sea and space explorers such as Zahi Hawass, Phil Masters, Amelia Earhart and Nainoa Thompsom. This exhibit was developed by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with the National Geographic Society.
September 7, 2007 - January 7, 2008 - Oak Ridge, Tennessee
The American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Avenue, is housing Places & Spaces: Mapping Science. The exhibit explores the potential for greater understanding of developments in science when they are traced and charted on maps, diagrams, and globes. Places & Spaces has previously been on display at the New York Public Library, New York Hall of Science, and American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Chicago.
December 5, 2007 - January 9, 2008 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Communicating with Geography: The Siegfried Feller Collection of Map Postcards features highlights from a recent gift to the Harvard Map Collection of more than 10,000 map postcards. The collection, a gift from Siegfried Feller, includes both new and used postcards and is international in scope. Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. For details contact David Cobb at 617-495-2417.
October 20, 2007 - January 13, 2008 - Raleigh
Mysteries of the Lost Colony and A New World: England's First View of America is on display at North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton St. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition comes from the British Museum, and is presented through the collaboration of the N.C. Museum of History and the British Museum in London. Mysteries of the Lost Colony will examine England's first attempts at a permanent settlement in America and what may have happened to the colonists at Roanoke Island. At its heart is A New World: England's First View of America, a traveling exhibition from the British Museum. This exhibition focuses on more than 70 watercolors made by John White on the voyages to Virginia (now North Carolina) in the 1580s. This is the first time in over 40 years that the complete collection of White's original watercolors will be shown outside of England.
November 19, 2007 - January 14, 2008 - Smyrna, Tennessee
The Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, will play host to Hoofbeats in the Heartland: Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee, a traveling exhibition from the Tennessee State Museum and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. Hoofbeats in the Heartland tells a unique story about the Civil War Cavalry in Tennessee and how it affected those who lived and occupied regions of Middle Tennessee. Maps, photographs, graphics, as well as original and reproduction artifacts are used in this exhibit to show the impact of the mounted warfare on the state. For more information contact the Sam Davis Home at (615) 459-2341.
September 17, 2008 - January 25, 2008 - Chicago
The busy State of Illinois building seems like an unlikely place for a museum, but The Grammar of Landscape: 11 Photographic Visions in Illinois offers a delightful respite from the bustling business district. The exhibit, one of several shows during the Festival of Maps, presents images by 11 photographers with distinct perspectives. The exhibit brings together imagery of industrial landscapes, nature, and cityscapes in a cleanly executed presentation. The photographs offer, as the curator's explanation says "the land around us in terms of building blocks." But the compelling photographs are just one element of the show. It is, after all, part of the Festival of Maps. Next to each set of photographs, the viewer will find a map showing exactly where in Illinois the photographs were taken. The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery is at 100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 2-100, Phone: 312 814 5322. Open Mon. - Fri. 9:00am - 5:00pm.
November 2, 2007 - January 27, 2008 - Chicago
The Field Museum, in partnership with the Newberry Library, and as part of the city-wide Festival of Maps, will offer an unprecedented exhibition of some of the most rare and historically valuable maps ever created. Visitors will see, assembled for the first time, maps and artifacts drawn from collections around the world. Maps: Finding Our Place in the World will challenge our views of the world by emphasizing that maps tell us not just where we are, but who we are. Any map, no matter what else it shows, also communicates how the people, nation, government, or organization that made it viewed their worlds. Each section will feature a wide variety of map types, formats, and functions. The exhibition will also utilize a variety of media to explain to visitors how maps were made in the past and are being made today. Curators Dr. James R. Akerman and Dr. Robert W. Karrow, Jr., from The Newberry Library, will publish an exhibition catalog (ISBN 0-226-01075-9). For more information, please contact: Todd J. Tubutis, Senior Project Manager, Exhibitions, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605-2496. Many of the maps will go to an exhibition at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore when the exhibit closes.
November 2, 2007 - January 27, 2008 - Glencoe (Chicago)
The Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, will host on exhibition as part of the Chicago Map Festival that will allow visitors to enter the age of plant exploration through the pages of beautiful botanic drawings, illustrations, and maps found in the Lenhardt Library's rare book collection. Maps from the Rare Book Collection of the Lenhardt Library will present maps reflecting the global travels of plant explorers.
November 9, 2007 - January 27, 2008 - Chicago
What are maps? Why chart the stars, planets, and universe? How are these maps used in science and everyday life? Exploring Our Universe through Maps at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, raises these questions through historic and contemporary views of constellations, the moon, Mars and Saturn, and the larger Universe. Combining science, philosophy, religion, and art, each map reveals the perspective and practical purpose of those who created it. Celestial charts and objects from the Adler's collections, innovative visual interpretations of the latest scientific data, and interactives comparing ideas and information will guide each visitor to a richer understanding of the place of maps in the exploration of the Universe. This is part of the city-wide Festival of Maps.
January 19-27, 2008 - Halifax
This year is the 250th anniversary of the Siege of Louisbourg. For almost forty years, Fortress Louisbourg loomed out of the mists and fog to defy British interests in North America. Briefly in English hands after a New England force mounted a successful assault in 1745, the fortress was restored to the French by the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748. Louisbourg once again became the focus for French resistance to the British presence in North America, but the strongest fortress in North America capitulated totally on 26 July 1758. When Wolfe led his men along the path to victory at the second siege of Louisbourg in 1758, the nation rejoiced. On his return to London, popular songs celebrated his military genius and courage, but the Hero of Louisbourg would be forgotten in little more than a year, lost in the greater glory that surrounded the dead hero on the Plains of Abraham. The exhibit, The Path to Glory General James Wolfe and Louisbourg at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street; includes prints and maps describing the assaults on Louisbourg in 1745 and 1758, the mop-up operations during the summer of 1758, and the attack on Quebec in 1759.
October 13, 2007 - January 28, 2008 - Berlin
Die Vermessung der ibero-amerikanischen Welt - Karten als kulturelles Erbe [The measurement of the ibero American world - maps as a cultural inheritance] is an exhibition at Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Potsdamer Str. 37.
October 18, 2007 - January 31, 2008 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sir Walter Raleigh's legacy in North Carolina lives on in more places than just the state capital. A Knight to Remember: The Life and Legacy of Sir Walter Raleigh is the title of a new exhibition at The North Carolina Collection Gallery, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Books, maps, and manuscripts relating to Raleigh's life and times will be on display. Items in the exhibition will include sixteenth-century travel accounts and maps; a 1570 letter signed by Queen Elizabeth I; and a first edition of Raleigh's History of the World, published in 1614. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
November 1, 2007 - January 31, 2008 - Chicago
Maps can show so much more than topography and political boundaries, and Encyclopaedia Britannica is at the forefront of today's creative cartography. Maps for All Seasons: the Encyclopaedia Britannica Collection across Four Centuries, from the Island of California to the 9/11 Flight Paths will show scores of eye-opening topical maps, such as worldwide CO2 emissions, the Niger-Congo languages, the population density of Brazil, the reach of North Korean ballistic missiles, the crumbling Larsen ice shelf in Antarctica, the locations of major australopith fossil finds, the changing coastline of the Aral Sea, the geographic distribution of tornadoes and cyclones, and the flight paths of the ill-fated airliners on September 11. It will also show the changing understanding of different parts of the world as shown in Britannica's maps in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Maps used by Britannica's researchers through the centuries, some of them rare, will also be on display. Exhibition is at Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 331 North La Salle Street, Phone: 312-347-7159; and is part of Chicago's Festival of Maps.
January 24, 2007 - January 31, 2008 - Spain
Mapes en la Guerra Civil espanyola (1936-1939) [The maps in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)] is a traveling exhibition organized by Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya and the Direcció General de la Memòria Democràtica both from the Generalitat de Catalunya [autonomic government of Catalonia in Spain]. Curators are Carme Montaner; Francesc Nadal, and Luis Urteaga. The exhibition will be in:
Barcelona - 24/1 to 30/3, 2007
Sevilla - 31/5 to 8/7, 2007
Zaragoza - 6 to 28/9, 2007
Huesca - 5 to 21/10, 2007
Teruel - 26/10 to 16/11, 2007
Granada - 29/11 to 21/12, 2007
Málaga - 14 to 31/1, 2008
The Spanish Civil War gave rise to the production of a huge amount of military cartography. During the almost three years the war lasted, cartographic services from both sides plotted millions of maps. Despite the similarity to some other wars that devastated Europe in the first half of the 20th century, production of cartography in Spain was special because it was related to civil war circumstances and to the exceptional situation of the Spanish military cartography in middle 30's. In any case, cartographic production made during the Civil War was an unprecedented fact in the history of the Spanish cartography. A Catalogue has been published in two versions: Catalan and Spanish: Los mapas en la Guerra civil española (1936-1939), Barcelona: Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, 2007, ISBN: 84-393-7296-3.
December 13, 2007 - February 2, 2008 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
The Ideology of Nation in the Graphic Design of Personal Documents: Slovenia and Some European States is an exhibit about the iconography of nationalism in personal documents (personal IDs and passports). Veselin Miškovic, the exhibit curator, states that this exhibition stems from his reflections about the iconography of nationalism in cartography and from the term cartifact - a geographical map which may appear anywhere in or on the document. In some cases, maps are combined with other visual motifs. The exhibit is in the National and University Library, Turjaška street 1; open Monday - Friday 10 AM - 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM -1 PM. Guided visits can be arranged by appointment with the curator Veselin Miškovic at (+386 1) 586 1321. The exhibition is bilingual, Slovenian and English. The accompanying catalogue by Veselin Miškovic appears in Slovenian and English versions: "Ideologija nacije v oblikovanju novih osebnih dokumentov: Slovenija in nekatere evropske drave," Ljubljana: Narodna in univerzitetna knjiznica, 2007, ISBN 978-961-6551-21-2; and "Ideology of nation in the graphic design of personal documents: Slovenia and some European states," Ljubljana: Narodna in univerzitetna knjiznica, 2007, ISBN 978-961-6551-22-9.
October 26, 2007 - February 3, 2008 - Brussels
Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and the 17th Centuries is at Centre for Fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23. No fewer than 180 artistic treasures show the unity and diversity of the cultures that formed part of the Portuguese trading empire. Separate sections take us along the different routes: from Africa to Brazil and via the Indian Ocean to China and Japan. The cultural exchanges between the Portuguese and these "discovered" territories produced extraordinary objects: ivory salt cellars from West Africa, crucifixes from the converted kingdom of Kongo, Namban screens that show European seamen, traders, and priests as seen through Japanese eyes... Maps, navigational instruments, manuscripts, and early printed books take the visitor on a journey in the wake of the great voyages of discovery. Step by step, the world then taking shape is charted. A contemporary section takes a look at the sequel to the great discoveries: today's globalisation. This exhibit is part of a cultural festival - Europalia.europa which will present the culture of Europe and its 27 Member States.
November 3, 2007 - February 3, 2008 - Chicago
The exhibition, Mapping the Self at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Avenue, is part of the city-wide Festival of Maps; and is joined by more than 25 cultural and scientific institutions in a unique collaboration that features maps, globes, artifacts, and artworks from ancient to contemporary times. Coordinated by a committee of leading experts and collectors of historical maps, globes and atlases, the Festival of Maps explores how societies discover, interpret and record their physical, political, psychological, and virtual worlds. Mapping the Self draws primarily from the MCA's extensive holdings of artists' books and the collection to explore how artists use mapmaking to understand and explain themselves and the world around them. With the explosion of high tech information systems, geographical data and its analysis, the map - an image associated with information - is increasingly becoming a means of expression for artists to organize and disseminate information. This exhibition surveys the recent resurgence in map making and includes a variety of media including photography, drawing, video, and sound.
November 16, 2007 - February 8, 2008 - Brussels
Formatting Europe - Mapping a Continent at Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, Salle Houyoux, as part of a cultural festival - Europalia.europa which will present the culture of Europe and its 27 Member States. The European cartographers have depicted Europe throughout the centuries in several ways: allegorically, physically, politically,... Voluntarily or not, they sometimes took liberties with the reality. But this also was changing during the periods, specially relating to state borders. The exhibition shows maps from the Middle Ages till the 20th century. The maps vary in aspect, aim and scale and have only one common feature: their subject. Grouped chronologically, they show the fascinating evolution of the continent and of its cartography. There will be a catalogue in Dutch and French, ISBN 2-87093-163-8. Additional information from Wouter Bracke, Curator of the Exhibition, Head of the Map Room at the Royal Library, at +00-32(0)2-519.57.43.
June 29, 2007 - February 10, 2008 - Berne
The exhibition Building mountains : The art of relief models. Following the traces of Xaver Imfeld at the Swiss Alpine Museum, Helvetiaplatz 4, recounts the adventures of surveying the Alps and their representation, suitable for adults and children. Graphic explanations and educational methods illustrate the passage from the two-dimensional map to the 3D relief model. Discover a handicraft where natural science meets art. Using original maps, panoramas, relief models and letters, a part of the exhibition focuses on the life and work of Xaver Imfeld (1853-1909), Switzerlands most renown maker of panoramas, builder of relief models, cartographer and engineer of his time. He produced more than 20 sheets of the Siegfried Atlas, drew more than 40 Alpine panoramas and constructed 13 relief models of the Alps.
November 6, 2007 - February 10, 2008 - Los Angeles
China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century is on display at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive. Illustrated books, prints, and maps from the special collections of the Research Library tell the fascinating story of mutual interest and collaborative works produced by Chinese and Europeans from the late sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. Highlights include a rare series of prints of the European Pavilions of the Yuanmingyuan, called the Garden of Perfect Clarity, designed in the mid-eighteenth century by the Milanese architect Giuseppe Castiglione for the Qianlong emperor. Related works explore Anglo-Chinese gardens, the interaction of Chinese philosophy and Christianity, and the cartography and astronomy of the Belgian Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest, who redesigned the astronomical instruments at the imperial observatory in Beijing.
September 27, 2007 - February 10, 2008 - Washington
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Eighth and F Streets, NW, features Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848. The portraits, maps, documents, and treaties in this exhibition illustrate moments of significant political and economic intersection between Spain and the United States. Legacy highlights the crucial Spanish contributions to the American cause during the Revolutionary War; details the subsequent diplomatic relationships focused on territorial rights and boundaries; and reveals the presence and influence of Hispanic culture in Florida, Louisiana, California, and the Southwest in the formative and early years of the American republic.
September 14, 2007 - February 11, 2008 - Chicago
In 1540 Antonio Lafreri, a native of Besançon transplanted to Rome, began publishing maps and other printed images that depicted major monuments and antiquities in Rome. These images were calculated to appeal to the taste for classical antiquity that fueled the cultural event we call the Renaissance. After Lafreri published a title page in the mid-1570s, collections of these prints came to be known as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae, the "Mirror of Roman Magnificence." Though its prints were usually bound into albums that later libraries catalogued as books, there was never a single original edition of the Speculum. Rather, tourists and other collectors who bought prints from Lafreri made their own selections and had them individually bound. Over time, Lafreri's title page served as starting point for large and eclectic compilations, expanded and rearranged by generations of collectors. This exhibition, The Virtual Tourist in Renaissance Rome: Printing and Collecting the Speculum Romanae Magnificentae, examines the publishing history of Lafreri's Speculum through several generations of printmakers and print publishers (who often re-published earlier images with slight changes). It also looks at Lafreri's models, competitors, and imitators, and at the collectors who, over several centuries, revisited and reinvented the Renaissance image of Rome. Along with the history of print collecting, themes include Renaissance city planning, the idea of the picturesque in landscape, Renaissance ideas of history, religious pilgrimage and tourism. The exhibition, part of the city-wide Festival of Maps. is at The University of Chicago Library Special Collections, 1100 East 57th Street.
November 3, 2007 - February 16, 2008 - Chicago
The Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, has two concurrent exhibitions as its contribution to the Chicago Maps Festival. Ptolemy's Geography in the Renaissance features the Newberry's extensive holdings of editions of Ptolemy's Geographia. Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West examines the role of maps in European competition to colonize North America, the struggle for the United States mastery of the continent, and Chicago's rise as an innovative and ultimately dominant commercial cartographic center crucial in envisioning the spatial order of the American West.
January 19, 2008 - February 23, 2008 - Oxford
A beautiful Elizabethan tapestry map missing for centuries will go on display at the Bodleian Library, Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle. The tapestry map completes an extraordinary picture of the Midlands in the time of William Shakespeare. The long-lost map was discovered last year and bought by the Bodleian at auction. The tapestry, measuring 6ft by 4ft (1.82 by 1.22 metres), is the remnant from one of four huge tapestry maps woven from wool and silk in the late 16th century and depicting Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. The Bodleian already has two of these maps and a third is in the Warwickshire Museum, but the fourth map was thought to have been lost for ever. The tapestry map looks east, rather than north, and shows southern Gloucestershire in about 1590, as well as parts of Somerset, Wiltshire and Monmouthshire. It depicts hunting grounds, forests, hills and castles, but no roads. Geographically, the map extends from what are now the northern suburbs of Bristol in the south west, or bottom right-hand corner, to just beyond Stroud in the north east, or top left. The Forest of Dean, the Severn Estuary and Chepstow appear in the foreground.
January 12, 2008 - February 24, 2008 - Nottingham
To coincide with this year's Chinese New Year celebrations Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, University of Nottingham, will be showing a selection of 15 maps recently acquired for the Manuscript Department's Special Collection from The First Western Atlas of China. Compiled by Father Martino Martin, an Italian Jesuit who went to China as a young man, the folio was published by cartographer John Blaeu shortly after his return in 1655. Hand coloured and highlighted with gold the maps are a fascinating record of the provinces of China in the seventeenth century. The exhibit is in the Wallner Gallery and admission is free.
June 30, 2007 - February 28, 2008 - Astoria, Oregon
Some of the earliest known charts of the Pacific Northwest will be on exhibit at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive. Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark, the Quivira Collection, features rare maps, books and illustrations that document the mapping of the West Coast of North America from 1544 to 1802. The exhibition covers dangerous ocean voyages by Spanish, French, English and Russian explorers, the race to discover the Northwest Passage, sightings of "sea monsters," and the very first contacts between Native Americans and Europeans. These histories are told through original maps and illustrations - the earliest being woodcuts and the majority being copperplate engravings. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, phone (503) 325-2323.
November 1, 2007 - February 28, 2008 - Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library, Special Collections & University Archives, Room 3-330, 801 S. Morgan Street, as its contribution to Chicago's Festival of Maps will exhibit Under Study: Maps and Photographs of Chicago's Near West Side.
December 3, 2007 - February 28, 2008 - Muncie, Indiana
Mapping the Literary World, a special exhibit featuring maps and atlases related to literature, will be on display in the cases on the east side of the first floor of Bracken Library, Ball State University, 2000 W. University Avenue. Students and faculty often use maps and atlases for research and learning or in the classroom for studying geography or even history. Maps can also be used for literary purposes. The University Libraries' Geospatial Resources & Map Collection and the Atlas Collection include many maps and atlases that can be used in the study of English and literature. Some of the maps on display feature famous authors from various states and countries or the poets and authors popular during a specific era of history like the Harlem Renaissance. Other maps depict the actual settings of popular works of literature like the Shakespeare's Britain map. Still other maps and atlases display of maps fictional places, like the maps of Narnia, Atlas of Middle Earth, Tolkien's Beleriand, or Pooh Bear's Hundred Aker Wood from the Atlas of Fantasy.
April 2007 - February 2008 - Valley Center, California
Today people travel to Valley Center on a daily basis, usually making the trip from Escondido in 20 to 25 minutes. But more than a 100 years ago, it was a day's ride from Valley Center to Escondido by stagecoach. To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Overland Mail Company into the San Diego area, the Valley Center History Museum, 29200 Cole Grade Rd, has opened a new exhibit, Stagecoach Days. The display features rare photos of coaches that once served the area, maps showing old wagon routes and artifacts taken from an excavation of a way-station site.
September 28, 2007 - February 29, 2008 - Venice
Sfere Del Cielo, Sfere Della Terra - Globi celesti e terrestri dal XVI al XX secolo [Spheres of the Heavens Spheres of Earth - Celestial and Terrestrial Globes 16th-20th century] is at the Musei Civici Veneziani, Museo Correr. This exhibition is the first in Italy to be dedicated exclusively to this theme. The exhibit offers a fascinating insight into both the history of art and the history of science. Curated by Marica Milanesi and Rudolf Schmidt, the exhibition includes some 142 works from the Museo Correr, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana and various prestigious private collections; one of these latter is the important collection put together by Rudolf Schmidt himself, a member of the Internationale Coronelli - Gesellschaft fuer Globen- und Instrumentenkunde [International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes and Scientific Instruments]. Edited by Marica Milanesi and Rudolf Schmidt, an exhibition catalogue is published by Electa and has texts by Gianndomenico Romanelli, Marica Milanesi, Rudolf Schmidt and Camillo Tonini.
November 12, 2007 - February 29, 2008 - Auckland
The exhibition Real Gold: Treasures of Auckland City Libraries is on the second floor at Central City Library, 44 - 46 Lorne Street. Items for this free exhibition are selected from thousands of rare, valuable and wonderful items cared for by the Special Collections unit at Auckland City Libraries. Among the treasures are a First Folio of Shakespeare, a six-page catechism which is the first work printed in New Zealand, medieval illuminated manuscripts, maps and sketches of early Auckland, avant-garde private press productions, Maori language manuscripts, Isaac Newton's Optiks, letters from Florence Nighingale to Sir George Grey, the records of Limbs Dance Company and Mercury Theatre. The exhibit is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for admission. Guided tours are available. A virtual exhibition is also available online. A beautifully illustrated book complements the exhibition, also titled "Real Gold: Treasures of Auckland City Libraries," by Iain Sharp with photographs by Haruhiko Sameshima, and published by Auckland University Press.
February 6-29, 2008 - London
The Geological Society of London at Burlington House, Piccadilly will have a Mapping Mountains exhibition in celebration of the geological fieldwork in the 1880's - that led to the 1907 'Peach and Horne' Memoir to the Geological Structure of the NW Highlands of Scotland. The exhibition will be open on weekdays from 9.30a.m.-5.30p.m., except on meeting days. To check that the exhibition will be accessible on a particular day, if you are making a special journey, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2, 2007 - March 2, 2008 - Chicago
European Cartographers and the Ottoman World 1500-1750: Maps from the Collection of O.J. Sopranos, an exhibit of maps, sea-charts, and atlases explores how mapmakers came to know and map the Ottoman world between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries at The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1155 East 58th Street. It begins with the intellectual and geographical discoveries of the fifteenth century that undermined the mediaeval view of the cosmos, and illustrates how cartographers sought to produce and map a new geography of the world, one that reconciled classical ideas and theories with the information collected and brought back by travelers and voyagers. To illustrate these developments, the exhibit is organized around such themes as the rediscovery of Ptolemy's Geographia and its impact on geographic thought and mapping practices; the practical tradition of sea charting that developed in the Mediterranean; the new cartographies of Giacomo Gastaldi and Abraham Ortelius who in their maps and atlases sought to hold up a mirror to the known world; the production of Ottoman geographies; and the ways in which Enlightened French cartography impacted the relationship between the Ottoman Empire and the rest of Europe. The exhibit, part of the city-wide Festival of Maps, is comprised of thirty-two sheet maps and a variety of atlases and travel narratives. Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago A lavishly illustrated catalogue "European Cartographers and the Ottoman World 1500-1750: Maps from the Collection of O. J. Sopranos" by Ian Manners with a contribution by M. Pinar Emiralioglu, has been published by the Oriental Institute.
December 16, 2007 - March 2, 2008 - Dinslaken, Germany
"Wege - Grenzen - Schätze" Dinslaken und die Landkarten ["ways - borders - treasures" Dinslaken and the maps] at Museum Voswinckelshof, Elmar- Sierp- Platz 6.
February 11, 2008 - March 2, 2008 - London
The Crypt at St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road (entrance to crypt from Duke's Road) is the site of The Island: London Series by Stephen Walter - an intricate drawing mapping the city of London. The map is geographically accurate and includes many of London's main roads, railway lines, historical landmarks and green spaces. However, The Island has its own unique identity fashioned by the artist's idiosyncratic semiotics, which are wittily juxtaposed with the familiar everyday signage used in maps and public spaces. This synthesis adumbrates Walter's primary concern - the continually shifting cultural identity of the city; he finds 'its constant energy to reinvent itself, building on top of what was before', a source of enduring fascination.
January 28, 2008 - March 14, 2008 - Fort Collins, Colorado
View an impressive collection of prints from the Renaissance through the 20th century as well as the work of cartographers who pictured the world on engraved historic maps in the exhibit Impressions of Place: Prints and Cartography from the Dave and Lily Cole Collection. The Coles have built a collection, one that continues to grow, including multiple printmaking processes and subjects, from intaglio prints to lithography, and from landscape to genre images. Included are examples of works by acclaimed artists such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt Van Rijn, and William Blake, and lesser known practitioners of the printmaking arts. The Coles expanded their collection to include an under-recognized but extraordinary print format: the work of cartographers who pictured the world on engraved historic maps. The exhibition will be on display at the Clara Hatton Gallery, Visual Arts Building, Colorado State University. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
October 28, 2007 - March 16, 2008 - St. Louis
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings, at the Missouri Historical Society, utilizes rare surviving Native and European artifacts, maps, documents, and ceremonial objects from museums and royal collections on both sides of the Atlantic. The result is a path-breaking exhibition. A 1622 broadside advises English settlers on what to pack for their journey to the Virginia. A wampum belt from the French royal collection illustrates how gift-giving became an important tactic as the French sought alliances with the Huron people. Spanish armor engraved with Christian symbols exemplifies the religious dimension of the Spanish conquest of New Mexico. After this showing the exhibition travels to the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Québec (May 9-September 7, 2008), the Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico (October 25, 2008-March 29, 2009), and the International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (May 18-October 31, 2009).
February 20, 2008 - March 16, 2008 - Rome
Secret documents from the archives of the Holy Inquisition are on public show for the first time - though not the instruments of torture used to extract confessions from heretics. The archive was opened to scholars a decade ago by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the successor to the Inquisition, also known as the Holy Office. The decision to allow access for academics was made by the then head of the Congregation, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.. Marco Pizzo, co-curator of the exhibition with Monsignor Alejandro Cifres, head of the Congregation's archives, said the sixty documents on display at the Vittoriano Museum on Piazza Venezia in the centre of Rome included a collection of maps of Jewish settlements across Italy, "the oldest evidence we have of the ghettos''.
February 6, 2008 - March 17, 2008 - Syracuse
The success of the Erie Canal was based in large part to meticulous planning and preparation of surveys, maps, and geologic studies of the proposed route. The Art of the Draftsman, at the Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East , will explore the intended routes of the canal and the surveyors conducting the studies.The primary theme of the exhibition will be a chronological exploration of the changes in the canal route as the system was expanded and modernized over a period of 100 years. Maps will include early pre-1800 Inland Lock Navigation Canals, Benjamin Wright's Survey Journal, NYS engineering, bird's eye, and various local and town examples from throughout the 1800s. The museum is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
February 15, 2008 - March 20,2008 - Windhoek, Namibia
An exhibition of Early Maps of Namibia is to be held at the National Art Gallery of Namibia. This will display the maps and other materials (some of which contain valuable ethnographic detail) produced by Charles John Andersson in 1851-67. The two maps he compiled were 'sent to the Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden. The second map showed what is today northern Botswana and southern Zimbabwe with the Zambezi River. The waterfall Mosi-oa-Tunya is featured on the map which was made three years before Dr David Livingstone visited the Falls for the first time (1855). The Namibian map is the first map ever made of central and northern Namibia. The unpublished maps were found only recently in Sweden. In addition to displaying the two unique maps, the exhibitors intend to bring forward and discuss the fact that the African people participated to a great extent with information and sketches in the production of the early maps, as well as guiding and leading the European, American and Asian explorers.
September 24, 2007 - March 24, 2008 - Ottawa
Visitors to Ottawa will not want to miss the new temporary exhibition at Library and Archives Canada, Spirit and Intent: Understanding Aboriginal Treaties. Open to the public at 395 Wellington Street, the exhibition features a large selection of treaty documents and artifacts dating from the 1600s to the 1990s. Discover some of our country's most important heritage records and gain insight into the voices, values and visions behind these agreements. Treaty documents and artifacts are among our most precious Canadian heritage records. Wampum, parchments, manuscripts and maps, totems, seals, signatures and stamps - all are evidence of decisions that have shaped our country and its peoples. Included is a map of New France from the 17th century drawn by Jesuit priest Francesco Giuseppe Bressani. It is recognized as one of the most significant maps of the time. Also on display is a Terrestrial Globe dating around 1695. Inspired by the works of Matthaus Greuter (c. 1566-1638), this globe was a production from Domenico de Rossi (fl. c. 1691 - c. 1720). The globe itself is a living monument to the aboriginal people's land as it was perceived by the Europeans in the 17th century. It is quite exceptional to see this globe, as it is Library and Archives Canada's earliest globe.
November 14, 2007 - March 2008 - Middletown, Connecticut
At Wesleyan, geographic information systems, or GIS, have helped students and faculty map environmental geology on Damariscove Island, Maine and take a forest inventory of the vegetation thriving in the Davis Mountains in Texas. To celebrate the important role maps have played in our histories, and how GIS technology is allowing scientists to conduct cutting-edge research, Olin Library is hosting a two-part exhibition titled From Ptolemy to GIS: Exploring the World through Maps. The GIS section of the exhibit, which closes December 10, is located in Olin Library's lobby and features several posters highlighting Wesleyan research conducted using GIS technology. The maps and atlases section of the exhibit, open until the beginning of the spring semester, is located in the east hallway on the first floor of Olin Library. It features a series of maps, atlases and exploration-based material from around the world. Many of the maps and atlases on display were the gifts of Albert W. Johnston, Class of 1893. The exhibit begins with an Italian edition (1548) of "La Geografia." The exhibit continues with a map of the Gold Regions of California by James Wyld (1849); a U.S. Geographical Survey west of the 100th meridian by the U.S. Army Chief of Engineers (1875); a county atlas of Middlesex, Connecticut featuring the Wesleyan University properties by Frederick Beers (1874), an 18th century French maritime atlas, which documents coastlines and harbors, by George-Louis Le Rouge; and the Manual of topographic drawing, aimed at instructing engineers in mapping projects, by R.S. Smith (1854), just to name a few.
January 8, 2008 - April 1, 2008 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Henry F. Walling and the Elevation of American Mapmaking will use maps, atlases and other material to document the prolific career of mapmaker Henry Frances Walling (1825-1888). Co-curated by David Cobb of the Harvard Map Collection and Michael Buehler of Boston Rare Maps, it will be on display at Harvard's Pusey Library. For more information contact David Cobb at 617-495-2417.
March 31, 2007 - April 6, 2008 - La Porte (Houston), Texas
The map exhibit entitled Drawn from Experience: Landmark Maps of Texas is at the San Jacinto Museum of History, located in the San Jacinto Monument, One Monument Circle. The exhibit features more than fifty important maps depicting Texas and the Gulf Coast region that date from the 16th century to the present. The exhibit originally was displayed at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin - and proved to be one of its most popular. These beautiful maps - some hand drawn, many produced from copper engraving and lithographic processes - will appear alongside their modern counterparts that include geologic maps of the Houston Ship Channel and views of the state from space.
December 12, 2007 - April 6, 2008 - Philadelphia
The drama of human migration plays out in William Kentridge's monumental Tapestries now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. and the Pkwy. Eleven large works in all showcase a march of dark, silhouetted figures carrying bundles and belongings as they move forward. The backgrounds of the beautiful woven and embroidered images are maps from the 1830s, and the juxtaposition of static, elegant maps with dynamic, hulking figures couldn't be more direct. The exhibit is in Galleries 172, 173, and 176, first floor.
January 12, 2008 - April 6, 2008 - Chicago
HereThereEverywhere, this contemporary art exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, will explore a broad range of issues related to mapping and place, and the attendant politics of today's art world in a globalized culture. Artists from across the United States and abroad, including several from Chicago, who utilize map imagery, mapping systems or address issues of geography or landscape, will be featured. This exhibition is part of the city-wide Festival of Maps.
February 10, 2008 - April 6, 2008 - West Nyack, New York
The Map Show, an exhibition, at Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 South Greenbush Road, explores maps as a chart, timeline, treasure map, family tree, blueprint, traveling from the realm of information into the subjective areas of truth and identity. Maps can show you the way. The way to the subway, to your heart, or to victory, depending on the map. Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
February 1, 2008 - April 19, 2008 - Salem, Oregon
Mapping the Northwest: Maps from the Collection of Robert L. Hamm at Mission Mill Museum, 1313 Mill St SE, examines the science, history and art of cartography, using original maps to trace the development of geographic representations of North America, specifically the Pacific Northwest. Robert Hamm has been collecting historic maps for nearly twenty years. This exhibition highlights some of the best examples from Hamm's extensive collection to illustrate how the political, social and cultural context of the times influences the mapmaker's art and science.
February 7, 2008 - April 27, 2008 - New Haven
The Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, has an exhibit Pearls to Pyramids: British Visual Culture and the Levant, 1600-1830. This exhibition, on the museum's second floor, explores the history of British connections to the Levant - a term which describes all the countries of the eastern Mediterranean - through the trade of "exotic" commodities, tourism, military interests and archaeological explorations. On view are about 90 works - including paintings, maps, manuscripts, textiles and ceramics - from several Yale University sources, including its British museum, Yale Art Gallery and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The exhibit notes that the Levant became a favorite destination with antiquarians, architects and classical scholars in the 18th century; they in turn sparked the Greek Revival and "Egyptomania" movements that swept through Europe, influencing art, architecture and the decorative arts.
March 7, 2008 - April 29, 2008 - Leiden
A small exhibition is taking place in the University Library of Leiden. Bodel Nijenhuis was a pioneer in research on the history of Dutch cartography. For his carto-bibliographical publications he made use of his extensive map collection. But besides maps, Bodel collected also portraits, history prints and books. Most of the maps in the exhibition, Tentoonstelling: De verzamelingen van Bodel Nijenhuis, are selected by master students Book and Digital Media Studies as part of the History of the Book course. You can order the exhibition catalogue 'De verzamelingen van Bodel Nijenhuis' via the website.
March 11, 2008 - April 29, 2008 - Missoula, Montana
Thirty-five rare prints and forty original maps printed from wood and steel engravings will be on view at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana. Miracles and Myths: Mapping the World from 1572 to 1921," a survey of maps from the collection of Missoulian Bill Caras, will be in the museum's Paxson Gallery. The 40 original maps in Miracles and Myths chronicle Western culture's attempts to chart the geography of North America and the globe. The rich display reveals stunning accuracies, persistent fantasies and historical developments in cartography and world politics. Featured is a double hemisphere map from 1587 by Rumold Mercator (Flemish) depicting the long-dreamed-about Northwest Passage through the Arctic Sea, a myth repeated by mapmakers for several hundred years. Other maps include a 1722 Delisle (French) that shows Quivera, the Spanish explorer Coronado's City of Gold; Teguayo, the land of the Aztec creation myth; and Mer de l' Quest, the purported but nonexistent Great Sea of the West extending to present-day Montana. Several maps of the American West depict California as an island. Throughout the wide array of maps spanning 450 years, shifting geographical boundaries tell tales of territorial disputes and imperial interests, as well as new developments in cartography.
November 2007 - April 2008 - Chicago
Geographic Information System (GIS) are now essential to the complex task of wildlife conservation. GIS integrates geographically referenced information from a myriad of pre-existing sources. From newly acquired information referenced through Global Positioning System (GPS), complex multi-dimensional "maps" are created that allow rigorous scientific evaluation of the relationships between wildlife populations and physical aspects of a landscape. As part of the Chicago Festival of Maps, the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark Street, will display a series of GPS "layered" maps used in its African and South American wildlife conservation programs.
January 27, 2008 - May 4, 2008 - New York
A much loved road map is going indoors - and then underground. New Yorkers will have the chance to view the famous paved Texaco Map from the 1964 World's Fair as portions of it are deconstructed and preserved before their eyes. Conservationists have combined their technical efforts with an exhibition exploring the history of the map, the World's Fair and the pop art movement at the Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The exhibit also includes photographs comparing the map's condition in 1964, the '90s and the present day, as well as a photo mosaic of the map in its current state by artist Anthony Auerbach, who documented the entire surface of the terrazzo map from a height of seven feet. As the photographs and the tiles themselves show, decades of neglect, weather and vandalism have taken their toll. Preserving the tiles is a complicated process that involves removing the 600-pound tiles, taking out all the old, rusting iron supports, filling in missing spaces on the face, and replacing the support with a honeycomb matrix. Ten of the tiles (covering Long Island) will be conserved and exhibited. For the rest, fund-raising will be needed.
March 27, 2008 - May 5, 2008 - Cortland, New York
An Atlas is a traveling exhibition of artists working with "radical cartography," a practice that uses maps and mapping to promote social change and that is part of a cultural movement that links art, geography and activism. The participating artists, architects and collectives in the exhibition play with cartographic convention - geographic shapes, way-finding symbols and aerial views - in order to take on issues from globalization to garbage, explained Gallery Director Andrew Mount. The exhibit is in the Dowd Fine Arts Gallery on the SUNY Cortland campus. The Gallery is located in the Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 162, at the corner of Graham Avenue and Prospect Terrace. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 4p.m.
April 8, 2008 - May 5, 2008 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ukraine under Western Eyes: European Maps of Ukraine from the Renaissance to the 20th Century will be on display in the Map Gallery Hall outside Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Harvard University. For more information contact David Cobb at 617-495-2417.
April 7, 2008 - May 9, 2008 - London
Mapping could be seen as the most important metaphor and device in the work of Simeon Nelson. The exhibit Cryptosphere, Mapping Paradise is a culmination of 15 months by Nelson as artist in residence with the Royal Geographical Society investigating their map collection. The exhibit maps the interaction of cultural and natural systems within the landscape; physical/mental processes and patterns on macro and micro scales including the carbon chemistry of neurotransmitters, the outer suburban street patterns of western cities and the anatomy of animals and plants. By combining these disparate mappings into multi-layered objects and installations, Simeon Nelson attempts to question the underlying conventions of such representations and propose a synthesis that amongst other things attempts to map knowledge itself. The exhibit is in Royal Geographical Society Exhibition Pavilion, Exhibition Road (near the corner of Kensington Gore). There is an accompanying publication (ISBN 987-0-9558721-0-5)
February 2, 2008 - May 11, 2008 - Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has partnered with the world's foremost maps expert, the National Geographic Society, and the most advanced producer of new mapping technology, the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), to create a compelling international traveling exhibit, National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure. This extraordinary 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) exhibit provides children and families with the exciting opportunity to immerse themselves in the thrilling world of maps.Families can see historical and contemporary maps of different shapes and sizes and try their hand at using and making maps. They'll also learn how different tools helped explorers like Lewis and Clark map North America. The exhibit can be seen at Van Andel Museum Center, 272 Pearl Street NW.
April 10, 2008 - May 18, 2008 - Emden
Sea charts of the North and Baltic Sea from the collection of Michael Recke are on display at Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Kirchstr. 22.
January 29, 2008 - May 23, 2008 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
From Soundings to Sidescan Sonar: Mapping the Ocean Floor is an exhibit in the Cabot Science Library Exhibition Case, main floor. Scientists began systematically studying the ocean floor in the late 19th century. Their initial technique involved a longer version of the plumb line that boaters had been using for millennia. They began to develop an outline of the deep sea bottom, but the advent of sonar in the early part of the 20th century facilitated the creation of a more accurate picture of the ridges, valleys and canyons on the ocean floor. The first detailed map of the ocean floor was made by cartographers Bruce Heezen and Marie Tharp in 1957 and was a tipping point in the eventual triumph of plate tectonics theory. The exhibit traces the advance of ocean floor mapping and contains examples of some of Heezen and Tharp's maps as well as other maps and items from the HCL collections. For details contact Reed Lowrie at 617-496-5534.
January 18, 2008 - May 27, 2008 - Honolulu
The nine artists in Mapped, an exhibition at The Contemporary Museum's First Hawaiian Center, 9999 Bishop Street, examine the seeming banal ways that atlases, which were meant to clarify our location and our rootedness to a sense of place, now so often confuse and control us. Maps are used to inspire their work, While the show's theme is described as simply "coming to terms with one's place in the world," the actual art usefully complicates this notion of laying claim to a plot of earth.
March 13, 2008 - May 31, 2008 - Boston
Visitors to the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., can glimpse a rarely seen manuscript by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who made 29 journeys across the Atlantic, explored the east coast of North America from Cape Cod to the St. Lawrence River and founded Quebec City in 1608. The Library will display the manuscript as part of an exhibit Before New England: Champlain's America. The exhibit also includes early maps, drawings and engravings from the John Carter Brown Library archives.
April 27, 2007 - May 2008 - Jamestown, Virginia
Jamestown's observance of its 400th anniversary includes a changing exhibit, The World of 1607 in Jamestown Settlement's state-of-the-art theater and special exhibition building. Its current incarnation (changes are scheduled for July and October 2007 and January 2008) includes, in addition to items from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation's own collection, unusual cartographic artifacts on loan from the Hispanic Society of America, and the Archbishop of Canterbury and Trustees of Lambeth Palace Library. Notable are a small 1621 Blaeu terrestrial globe, a 1585 portolan style chart of the Eastern Caribbean from the school of Luis Teixeria, and, also associated with Teixeria, a View of Potosi and the Mine. The exhibit notes a parallel between England's earlier effort to settle northern Ireland and its 1607 effort to settle Virginia. There is a large, perhaps two feet by three feet, somewhat naïve multicolored ms. plan of The Province of Mounster, ca. 1589, by Francis Jobson, and an exquisite 1601 sepia pen and ink Description of the Fort of [Duncannon], County of Wexford, attributed to Richard Bartlett. It brings to mind Leonardo's plans of fortifications.
June 2007 - June 1, 2008 - Raleigh
It's one thing to read about North Carolina's role in the American Revolution, but it's quite another to see artifacts directly linked to North Carolinians, both patriots and loyalists, who struggled for or against independence from Great Britain. Visitors to the North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, will have this opportunity in the traveling exhibit North Carolina in the American Revolution. The exhibit, organized by the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington, D.C., focuses on North Carolina's contributions to the American Revolution and highlights the distinct path the state took during the war. North Carolina's involvement includes events such as the Edenton Tea Party, one of the earliest actions by American women in support of the Revolution; the Halifax Resolves, the first official recommendation for independence from Great Britain by an American Colony; and the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, one of the war's first battles. North Carolina in the American Revolution tells these stories through 49 artifacts, such as weapons, rare maps, manuscripts and works of art. An included map is a rare and colorful map of the Colony on the eve of the war, titled "A Compleat Map of North-Carolina from an actual Survey" by John Abraham Collet (1770).
October 3, 2007 - June 1, 2008 - London
Mapping the Imagination in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Julie and Robert Breckman Prints and Drawings Gallery, Room 90 and Paintings, Room 88a. Historic and contemporary works showing imaginative use of the codified language of maps, or exploring ideas about mapping
March 6, 2008 - June 1, 2008 - New Haven
The Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, is pleased to present A New World: England's First View of America, an exhibition of nearly one hundred watercolors by the Elizabethan artist John White that constitute the only surviving visual record of England's first settlement in North America. The exhibit is organized by the British Museum, London. In 1585 White sailed with the earliest expedition to "Virginia" and produced a series of beautiful watercolors that documented his voyage. The exhibition includes all of White's drawings of the region's Algonquian Indians, as well rare maps and charts, and associated works by his contemporaries. The exhibition presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to glimpse the land and people of North America at the moment when Europeans encountered them for the first time. The drawings of John White are seldom on display and travel less than once a generation. Exclusive to the Center's presentation of the exhibition will be key works from Yale collections, including rare maps and other printed works related to early European voyages of exploration to America.. Maps and globes on display include the Center's Terrestrial globe (ca. 1522) by Johann Schöner, the Sir Francis Drake Manuscript Map (ca. 1587), and Atlases by Ptolemy (1482), Abraham Ortelius (1570) and Gerhard Mercator (1595). The exhibition will also present important loans of rarely seen manuscripts and prints from the Pierpont Morgan Library, the New York Public Library, and private collections. An accompanying catalog, with the same title as the exhibit, is edited by Kim Sloan, Curator of British Drawings and Watercolors before 1800 at the British Museum, and published by The University of North Carolina Press (ISBN 978-0-8078-3125-0 cloth, 978-0-8078-5825-7 paper). The exhibit travels to Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg on July 15, 2008.
April 24, 2008 - June 1, 2008 - Singapore
The Singapore Land Authority and the National Archives Board have co-organised their first-ever historical map exhibition. Themed From Emporium to Singapore City: Mapping the Journey, the exhibition revisits 135 years of Singapore's history (1819-1959) through maps. Together with historical photographs and documents, the iconic maps on display tell compelling stories on different facets of Singapore's transformation from an unknown fishing village to a bustling British Emporium of the Far East and a World City in 1951, awakened from the turmoil of the Japanese Occupation. The archival maps over the centuries and decades also touched on Singapore Land Authority's mapping journey from paper to digital. If you are one who's interested to understand the layers of Singapore's urban morphology, these cartographic treasures will definitely help you along. The public can visit the map exhibition which will tour three regional libraries and Atrium@Orchard for a few weeks. Details of the map tour are:
MOE (Level 1): 24 April (12pm-6pm), 25 April - 1 May (9am-6pm)
Ang Mo Kio Community Library (Level 1): 2 May (12pm-9pm), 3 May -12 May (10am-9pm)
Jurong Regional Library (Level 1): 13 May (12pm-9pm), 14 May - 25 May (10am-9pm)
The Atrium@Orchard: 26 May (12pm-9pm), 27 May - 1 June (9am-9pm)
May 14, 2008 - June 1, 2008 - Austin
Priceless Texas historical documents from the Spanish colonial era through the Revolution of 1836 will be featured in a new exhibit at the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2. The exhibit, Lone Star Treasures: From Colony to Republic, Early Texas Ephemera, contains a wide variety of documents from the vast collection at the Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin. The exhibit will consist of examples of early maps, including the first large scale map of Texas created by David H. Burr in 1834 and the official battle map of the Alamo fortification drawn by the commander of engineers for Santa Anna's army. In addition, documents on display will feature the official letter from the Spanish governor to Moses Austin allowing for settlement of Americans in Texas, and the diary of William Barret Travis, Texas' commander at the Battle of the Alamo, recounting his daily activities and Sam Houston's call for volunteers for the revolution. Other items of interest are a first-hand account of Davy Crockett's execution by José Enrique de la Peña, an officer in Santa Anna's army and Sam Houston's hatchet, which, according to Peña, "literally blazed the way of American 'civilization' in Texas."
February 21, 2008 - June 2, 2008 - Washington
How can we look at maps, which are often considered to be a reflection of history and objectivity, as lenses through which we can interpret the social milieu of Israel? Do people define and draw borders, or do borders define and create a "people" (or a peoplehood?) How can boundaries be examined in a way that is not staunch and constrictive, but rather open to other ways of knowing a specific landscape? The exhibition L(A)ttitudes can be seen at the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW. The exhibit raises more questions than it provides answers. The exhibition does attempt to create an inclusive conversation by focusing on explorations by contemporary artists, of various viewpoints, working in a variety of forms and styles. L(A)ttitudes includes work by 10 artists from five different countries. Highlights include Alban Biaussat's 55 photographs interpreting the Green Line; frescos of historic maps by Joyce Kozloff; manipulated atlas works by Doug Beube; two installations: one a 25-foot "Orange Map" floor installation by Avner Bar Hama, and a commissioned wall installation by Simonetta Moro; Yoav Galai's black and white photographs of the separation wall in Israel; two works from local artists: Nikolas Schiller's digital manipulation of a CIA map, and Anna Fine Foer's collage remembering Biblical Israel; and pieces from Karey Kessler and Mel Watkin who are working with psychogeography, interpreting and creating maps, and taking a new approach to boundaries and borders in and around Israel. The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Note that the gallery is closed for Jewish holidays.) Admission is free.
April 28, 2007 - June 6, 2008 - Gothenburg
The Swedish Ship "Götheborg" has aroused great commotion in the last few years. Göt(h)eborg in the World's starting point is the Swedish East India Company of 1731-1813. The Gothenburg Maritime Museum, Karl Johansgatan 1-3, has rummaged among porcelain, spices, maps, cranes and containers. With man in focus, this is about technology, commerce and research. Through personal stories and different writings of history, the Gothenburg Maritime Museum presents a different picture of East Indian seafaring in the past and to the present day.
April 22, 2008 - June 7, 2008 - Oldenburg
Atlanten und historische Karten Nordwestdeutschlands [Atlases and historical maps of Northwest Germany], in cooperation with Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kartographie, is on exhibit at Landesbibliothek Oldenburg, Pferdemarkt 15.
January 11, 2008 - June 8, 2008 - Boise, Idaho
The Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 W Myrtle Street, features an new exhibition titled Mapping. The goal of Mapping is to put mapping tools, from sextants to software, in the hands of visitors and let them explore the science and technology of mapping. From compasses to Google Earth, Mapping will show the developments in map making and the diversity of data that can be incorporated. Mapping will showcase a myriad of maps, such as; digital, printed, relief, overlays, topographical and many others. It will also explore the tools and techniques associated with mapping spanning from surveying to satellite. Ultimately, this exhibition will enable visitors to develop a deeper insight of how multifaceted the science of mapping is. Mapping is designed to be hands-on, encouraging engagement from our visitors and enabling them to experience the thrill of making discoveries.
March 1, 2008 - June 8, 2008 - Baltimore
Working with Baltimore community organizations, schools, and artists, Art on Purpose participants will use a selection of maps from the Walters Art Museum to inspire mapping projects in Baltimore city neighborhoods. The product of the Art on Purpose project will be an exhibit entitled Maps on Purpose. This exhibit will run concurrently with Maps: Finding Our Place in the World in the Special Exhibition Gallery of the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street. This is part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps.
March 16, 2008 - June 8, 2008 - Baltimore
A special exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, titled Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, will display some of the rarest and most historically valuable maps from many periods, in many media, from across the globe. This exhibit is the highlight of the Baltimore Festival of Maps. Included will be maps of historic importance and may include the Plan of Nippur from approximately 1500 b.c., a papyrus itinerary map from a.d.100, the Ptolemy world map in a Greek manuscript from the 13th century a.d., the 1492 Behaim globe (the oldest terrestrial globe in existence), and Mercator's original projection from 1569. Also included will be modern maps that changed the world, such as those made during Lewis and Clark's expedition and the chart used by Lindbergh on his historic transcontinental flight, as well as maps created using contemporary techniques, such as GIS, GPS, and satellite imagery. Also included will be maps from non-European cultures-including Native Americans and those of Africa, China, Australia, and the Marshall Islands-and recreations of maps that cannot be transported, such as maps painted on the walls of Renaissance palaces or prehistoric maps carved onto boulders. There will also be an interactive component. The exhibit is organized by The Field Museum, Chicago, and will feature many maps exhibited earlier in the year at the Field Museum.
March 16, 2008 - June 8, 2008 - Port Arthur, Texas
As southeast Texans begin to make plans for their summer vacations, the Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Procter Street, will host a special temporary exhibition exploring travel from the turn-of-the-century to the present. Destination Anywhere: How We Travel will be on view in the Museum's Dunn Gallery. The exhibition will appeal to children and adults alike with a wide variety of objects from the Museum's permanent collection such as steamer trunks, postcards, maps, tickets and travel souvenirs as well as loans from the southeast Texas community including luggage, movie cameras and a 1957 Ford Fairlane. The exhibition will focus on three aspects of travel: Getting There, Being There and Remembering Where You've Been.
May 21, 2008 - June 13, 2008 - London
The Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1 Northumberland Avenue, has an exhibition Antique Korean Maps, Since 1600. Old Korean maps embody the principles of natural topography pursued by the Koreans of the time, which perceived mankind and nature as an organic whole. The exhibition offers an exotic opportunity to imagine how the Koreans drew maps with the driving passions behind the work of compiling maps.
December 15, 2007 - June 15, 2008 - Roosendaal, The Netherlands
West-Brabant à la Carte, drie generaties Adan is an exhibit of 18th and 19th century regional maps done by the land-surveyor family Adan at the Museum Tongerlohuys, Molenstraat 2. There is a catalogue written by Martijn Storms titled "Drie Generaties Adan."
January, 19, 2008 - June 15, 2008 - Sheffield
In 1935 Phyllis Pearsall walked 3000 miles around London's streets to design the London A-Z map. This remains one of the most ingenious examples of 20th Century mapping and one of the most common uses associated with the technique. On the Map examines through craft and design, the concept of mapping, exploring what a map is, what can be mapped and how it can be used and manipulated. It challenges the perceptions of the conventional notion of mapping and demonstrates the extent to which it can be stretched and utilised. Exhibit is at Millennium Galleries, Arundel Gate.
May 2008 - June 15, 2008 - Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Italy
The Image of the City, a collection of maps, drawings, photographs and paintings from the XVII to the XIX century is at Fondazione Cicogna Rampana. Open Monday 20.30-22.00, Tuesday and Thursday 14.30-17.00, on holidays 10.00-12.00 and 16.00-19.00. Conducted tours on May 3 and June 3 at 20.30. Additional information from phone 0307405511.
March 14, 2008 - June 17, 2008 - Baltimore
Beautiful first editions of rare architectural treatises, hand-colored maps and original prints from the 15th through the 19th centuries are displayed in the exhibition Harmony to the Eyes: Charting Palladio's Architecture from Rome to Baltimore at the George Peabody Library Exhibition Gallery, 17 East Mt. Vernon Place. The exhibit commemorates Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio's birth in 1508. The exhibition, part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps celebration, may be viewed Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, Noon-5pm.
April 23, 2008 - June 19, 2008 - New York
In honor New York City's Central Park sesquicentennial, the original plan is being exhibited publicly for what may be only the third time in its history. The enormous map depicts "Greensward," the plan by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux that won the park-design competition in 1858. Besides the painstaking craftsmanship of it, with hundreds of thousands of stipple points for vegetation the map is astonishing because it is simultaneously so modern and so antique. The map is the centerpiece of Celebrating Greensward: The Plan for Central Park, 1858-2008, which will be on view in the old Arsenal at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street.
February 21, 2008 - June 20, 2008 - Newark, Delaware
The University of Delaware Library announces the opening of Little Known Histories of Newark, Delaware, 1758-2008, an exhibition on display in the Special Collections Gallery of the Morris Library. Exhibition gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, with evening hours to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays. The exhibition commemorates the 250th anniversary of Newark's charter. Little Known Histories of Newark highlights the richly varied sources from manuscript and archival collections documenting local history, as well as print sources from the Delaware Collection in Special Collections. The exhibit includes maps, correspondence, photographs, account books, postcards, business ephemera, yearbooks, brochures and other unique items.
March 2008 - June 20, 2008 - Chicago
Mapping Dystopia, at the Spertus Museum, 618 S. Michigan, features the work of contemporary Israeli- and Palestinian-born women artists whose work explores national borders and calls for a rethinking of the very idea of national identity through the terms of exile. These works will be placed against the backdrop of antique maps of the Holy Land from the Spertus collection.
March 25, 2008 - June 29, 2008 - Baltimore
Borders and Boundaries: The Mason-Dixon Line exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street will show the Society's original Mason-Dixon Map along with historic documents from the eighty-year Maryland-Pennsylvania colonial boundary dispute, and surveying instruments from the time of Mason and Dixon. This is part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps.
April 27, 2008 - June 29, 2008 - Frankfurt
An exhibit of maps by Friedrich Wilhelm Carl von Schmettau, pioneer of modern cartography, is at Kleist museum, Faberstraße 7.
January 8, 2008 - June 30, 2008 - Boston
The third gallery exhibit of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, will be Boston and Beyond, A Bird's Eye View of New England. This will mark the public debut of one of the world's pre-eminent collections of bird's eye views. The story of the exhibit, so vividly dramatized through these fascinating maps, is of the growing economic vitality and urbanization of Boston and the New England region during the last half of the 19th century, when industrialization and immigration were the primary engines of urban growth. These maps are also arresting works of popular art, all devised by the Boston craftsman who were leaders in the field. The public will be reintroduced to these talented, forgotten artists and experience a genre of graphic art not often seen today. To illustrate the process and intentions of the mapmakers for creating these unusual perspectives, the exhibit will include their diaries, field sketch notes, and manuscript drawings.
March 15, 2008 - June 30, 2008 - Baltimore
The Central Library of Enoch Pratt Library system, 400 Cathedral Street, is participating in Baltimore's Festival of Maps with a wonderful new exhibit called: Mapping Maryland and the World. This exhibition gives our patrons a rare opportunity to enjoy the Pratt's extensive map collection. The items on display will include maps from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, as well as maps relating to the history of Maryland and Baltimore City.
April 14, 2008 - end of June, 2008 - Charleston
Educational Turkish Maps are on exhibit at Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 68 Spring Street. On the discovery of the New World, Spain began a major effort to learn the geography of the entire world. Other countries also began such efforts. One such county, Turkey, stands out as notable. The Turkish (Ottoman) sultan Bayazid II wanted to expand of the Ottoman Empire to include much of Europe. To do so he needed as much military information and maps as possible - especially those of recent explorations. One appointment to that end was Kermal Reis , with wide experience of Mediterranean waters, as Admiral. His nephew, Piri Reis, was also invited to join also as admiral. Throughout his naval career Piri Reis collected charts, made notes, and sketched maps of the islands and coastlines he visited. After his uncle's death, he created a map including the New World (1513), claiming to use a map drawn by Columbus himself. Reis also claims to have used many other scholarly sources. His inclusion of highly accurate details of Antarctica, as it would look without the ice cover (?), is most amazing and puzzling, and has encouraged stories of space alien visitors. His map, called the Piri Reis map, is the key map in a magnificent collection assembled by the Turks. With this background, the Turks proceeded to issue handwritten textbooks including map drawing, similar to those in the royal collection, & also illustrating historical events & geographical facts. The maps in this exhibit are mostly such textbook map illustrations. On many, you will notice the exquisitely executed hand drawings/paintings of the characters representing various areas, along with flags, castles, and even galleons, ships and fish in the seas and oceans.
May 29, 2008 - July 10, 2008 - Leuven
In honor of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gemma Frisius, the Central Library, University of Leuven, will have an exhibit Gemma Frisius Cartograaf (1508-2008).
February 2, 2008 - July 27, 2008 - Baltimore
Mapping the Cosmos is scheduled to coincide with Maps: Finding Our Place in the World in the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street. This exhibit will present images of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble images have been instrumental in discovering new facts about the cosmos and in tracking its evolutionary history over billions of years. These panoramas of time and space are "maps" of scientific data, but they are also aesthetic objects of striking power and beauty. This is part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps.
May 14, 2008 - July 31, 2008 - Rochester, New York
Mapping the University is an exhibit that features depictions of the University of Rochester as viewed on maps, including birds-eye views and aerial photographs, over time. Can be viewed at Rush Rhees Library, Great Hall, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
May 23, 2008 - August 1, 2008 - Kampen, Netherlands
Meten = Weten. Kampen en omgeving op weg naar het kadaster 1832 shows the background materials required to set-up the land register for several municipalities. On display are documents related to land registration including cadastral maps. Exhibit is at Gemeentearchief Kampen, Molenstraat 28.
June 6, 2008 - August 10, 2008 - Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
Historical atlases and maps, including an atlas of Oldenzaal, from the collection of Willy Ahlers are on display at two locations - Historisch Museum "Het Palthehuis" (Marktstraat 13), and in Openbare Bibliotheek (Ganzenmarkt 11).
Until August 11, 2008 - Arlington, Texas
University of Texas at Arlington's Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place, exhibits Mapping the Red Menace: British and American news maps in the early Cold War period, 1945 to 1955 The exhibit looks at foreign affairs with a geographic perspective. Free. 817-272-3393.
May 2008 - mid-August, 2008 - Corona del Mar, California
A collection of old maps showing California as an Island is on display at Sherman Library & Gardens, 2647 East Coast Highway.
May 8, 2008 - August 16, 2008 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Lands of the Sophi: Iran in Early Modern European Maps (1550-1700) will be on display in the Map Gallery Hall outside Harvard Map Collection, Pusey Library, Harvard University. For more information contact David Cobb at 617-495-2417.
May 17, 2008 - August 17, 2008 - Cincinnati
If we equate maps with truth, what power does the mapmaker possess? Maps have a remarkable effect on our view of the world. At the root of their power is our frequently unquestioning acceptance of cartographic messages. Though we equate maps with truth, it is crucial to be conscious of the omissions and limitations of the map making process in order to create a readable map. Thus in turn, maps and their makers have the ability to manipulate their audience with the information chosen to include. Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art addresses the subjective nature of mapping, how we locate ourselves in consideration of changing boundaries and territories, and how we give visual form to boundaries, territories and land masses. Artists in this exhibition confront the politics of naming of places, cartographic attacks on ethnic sensitivity, maps as evidence in boundary disputes, extension of terrestrial boundaries into nautical masses, and maps as scientific and political voice. The war in Iraq and the Middle east, the changing scape of New Orleans, the shifting boundaries in Africa, expanding cities, suburbs, dwindling country and rezoning in our local communities- all of these issues are materials for artists in the exhibition. Exhibit can be seen at Contemporary Arts Center, Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, 44 E. 6th Street.
March 26, 2008 - August 18, 2008 - Baltimore
Baltimore City's straight-line boundaries, vertical orientation and variety of water features are the perfect elements for great graphical presentation. Baltimore: A Cartographer's Delight features maps from the Sheridan Libraries' extensive collection of more than 215,000 maps. Part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps, the exhibit is in the M-Level of Homewood's Milton S. Eisenhower Library, 3400 North Charles Street. On display are maps dating from the mid-19th to the 20th century, highlighting the city's growth and development and its rail and trolley systems. Also featured are early design plans for Johns Hopkins University's East Baltimore and Homewood campuses.
February 26, 2008 - August 24, 2008 - Montreal
In honor of the 400th anniversary of Québec City, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) will exhibit Ils ont cartographié l'Amérique at the Grande Bibliothèque, 475, boul. De Maisonneuve Est. This exhibit is a reminder of the vital role played by Québec in transmitting geographic knowledge. The BAnQ has published a book supporting the exhibit in two versions: in English ("Mapping a Continent: Historical Atlas of North America, 1492-1814") and in French ("La mesure d'un continent : atlas historique de l'Amérique du Nord, 1492-1814").
June 11, 2008 - August 24, 2008 - Auckland
Antarctica: "a tale to tell" is an intriguing exhibition of books, maps, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera at the Central City Library, 46 Lorne Street, heritage floor, level 2. The title is from Captain Scott's last message to the public: "What a tale we would have to tell … that would stir the heart of every Englishman." Items exhibited have been chosen from the library's special collections and cover a wide period, from early exploration through to the Erebus disaster, and more recent environmental concerns.
July 29, 2008 - August 24, 2008 - Muncie, Indiana
A new exhibit in the Geospatial Resources & Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library, Ball State University, features maps of Beijing and China in honor of the Beijing Olympic Games. Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
July 14, 2008 - August 28, 2008 - Williamstown, Massachusetts
The Travelogues: Narratives of Travel and Adventure display celebrates the popularity and influence of travel and adventure narratives, which are a perfect form of escapism during the summer months. The cultural impact and influence of travelogues is highlighted through the wide array of books available in this genre from traveling gourmets in search of flavorful meals in Europe to aging acquaintances reconnecting on the hiking trails of America. The display also includes travel photography, posters, and maps from Sawyer Library's collection. Exhibit is in Sawyer Library Lobby, Williams College, 55 Sawyer Library Drive.
January 23, 2008 - August 29, 2008 - San Francisco
Paris has its boulevards; New York has its avenues; San Francisco has its streets. For a century and a half, the Streets of San Francisco have been celebrated in literature, song, and myth. They have also inspired a spate of films and television series where intrigue is played out on the hills and every other car chase ends with an explosion or abrupt plunge into the Bay. But who were the men - and, on occasion, women - whose names are perpetuated in asphalt and concrete? The identity of these individuals, from explorers and pioneers to politicians and hookers, is the subject of the exhibition The Streets of San Francisco at The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street. The Streets of San Francisco incorporates maps, photographs, prints, and artifacts that recall San Francisco's transformation from mission outpost to instant metropolis.
July 28, 2008 - August 29, 2008 - Lincoln, Massachusetts
For as long as there have been roads in Lincoln, there have been complaints about the roads in Lincoln. In an 1821 survey of local roads from Boston to Wellfleet, surveyor John Hales described Lincoln's roads as "crooked, narrow and hilly, little traveled on and much neglected." "The roads within the limits of the town are generally uneven and in bad repair," he wrote. Cynics might say not much has changed since Hales' time, but Lincoln's roadways have come a long way. From narrow dirt paths to modern asphalt thoroughfares, Lincoln's roads have evolved as the town has grown. Getting There! - a new exhibit at the Lincoln Public Library, 3 Bedford Road - traces this evolution. The exhibit, presented by the Lincoln Historical Society, includes a series of nine illustrative maps from the collection of former Historical Society president Kerry Glass. Each of the maps, which date as far back as 1635 - more than a century before Lincoln's incorporation, is accompanied by explanatory text placing them in historical context and a gold star indicating the relative position of the library, where the exhibit is housed.
August 1-29, 2008 - Ingersoll, Ontario
David Thompson (1770-1857) fur trader, astronomer and surveyor, mapped more of North America than anyone else. His journals, letters, maps and autobiography provide detailed insights into the fur trade, the Native People he encountered, the lands he explored, and milestones in his life. The year 2007 marked the 150th anniversary of Thompson's death and the 200th anniversary of his first crossing of the Rocky Mountains - a fitting occasion to commemorate North America's "Greatest Geographer." David Thompson, Map Maker, Explorer and Visionary, a traveling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario, displays some of his journals, letters, and maps at the Cheese & Agricultural Museum, Plank Line.
June 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008 - Columbus, Ohio
In the mid-1800s, water was central to the lives of Ohioans: The state bustled with canal travel, every city of note was situated next to Lake Erie or a river, and many a factory was fueled by water power. Today, it seems, we central Ohioans barely notice our water. We take for granted the Downtown riverfront. We often mistake the Olentangy for the Scioto. We rarely travel on either river. Ways of Knowing Water, an exhibit in the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, seeks to remind us how crucial water is to life and how splendid the waterways of central Ohio can be to the attentive eye. The multimedia display explores water from the perspectives of artists and scientists, and includes paintings, sculptures, photography, videography and more. Historical and contemporary photographs, maps and items from the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity are shown. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and until 8 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Call 614-292-8861 for more information.
May 23, 2008 - August 31, 2008 - Alpine, Texas
The Museum of the Big Bend currently features Tracks Across Texas : Railroad Maps from the Marty Davis Collection. Using maps, interpretive panels, artifacts and government records, this exhibit traces the development of the railroad in Texas, from the initial surveys in 1854 through the railroad consolidations of the late 1920's.
May 30, 2008 - August 31, 2008 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Charting the Peaceful Sea: Maps of the Pacific, 1642 - 1846 is now on display at the Dunedin Public Library's Reed Gallery, 110 Moray Place. Twenty-one maps, ranging from a facsimile of Abel Tasman's seventeenth-century map of 'Staten Land' (the first to show part of New Zealand's coastline) to nineteenth-century charts of the Antarctic ice barrier, are included in the exhibit. Nine maps by Captain Cook are also available for viewing.
May 2008 - August 2008 - Edmonton, Alberta
A Most Dangerous Voyage, an exhibition of books and maps documenting four centuries of exploration in search of a Northwest Passage is at Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, Rutherford South Library, University of Alberta. Several polar maps from the William C. Wonders Map Collection augment the exhibition, as does a Cary globe dated 1845.
June 14, 2008 - September 1, 2008 - Kalamazoo
Thomas Jefferson's far-reaching interest in the sciences is the theme of The Sciences...My Supreme Delight, an exhibition that will fill the first-floor gallery of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N Rose St. It features scientific instruments, furniture, maps and Native American objects from the period of Jefferson's life, all from the private collection of Paul Millikan, retired professor of history at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
June 29, 2008 - September 1, 2008 - Fishers Island, New York
This year's exhibition at the Henry L. Ferguson Museum features Maps of Fishers Island and environs from first European discovery to date. Additional information from phone: (631) 788-7239.
May 9, 2008 - September 7, 2008 - Gatineau, Québec
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier Street, utilizes rare surviving Native and European artifacts, maps, documents, and ceremonial objects from museums and royal collections on both sides of the Atlantic. The result is a path-breaking exhibition. A 1622 broadside advises English settlers on what to pack for their journey to the Virginia. A wampum belt from the French royal collection illustrates how gift-giving became an important tactic as the French sought alliances with the Huron people. Spanish armor engraved with Christian symbols exemplifies the religious dimension of the Spanish conquest of New Mexico. After this showing the exhibition travels to the Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico (October 25, 2008-March 29, 2009), and the International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (May 18-October 31, 2009).
July 23, 2008 - September 5, 2008 - Tucson
Ranching is a long-forgotten way of life for many Arizonans. Rodeos are mere remnants of what once constructed the area's economic backbone, and cowboy hats are more indicative of fashion than of an actual lifestyle. The Empire Ranch, founded by Walter Vail in 1876, was one of Arizona's largest cattle ranches in the late 1800s. A bevy of its artifacts - territorial maps, photographs and cowboy paraphernalia - is currently on display in the Special Collections room of the University of Arizona Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd. Summer hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
June 11, 2008 - September 7, 2008 - Washington
Nearly a century before Columbus arrived in the Americas, a massive Chinese armada commanded by Admiral Zheng He set sail on the first of seven epic voyages spanning three decades. China's Forgotten Fleet: Voyages of Zheng He is an exhibition in Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society, 1145 17th Street N.W. Objects from the National Museum in China, such as a bronze bell commissioned by Zheng He and copies of maps created on his voyages, as well as ship models from the Quanzhou Maritime Museum, help tell the story of these little known journeys and cultural exchanges. Travel in the fleet's path to five ports - Malacca, Sri Lanka, the Malabar Coast of India, the Arabian Peninsula, and Malindi in East Africa. View models of the many types of ships in Zheng He's fleet, including a 10-foot-long replica of a baochuan or treasure ship and learn about Chinese navigation and shipbuilding methods.
May 31, 2008 - September 9, 2008 - Cleveland
Vatican Splendors from Saint Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Swiss Guard features over 200 works of art and historically significant objects, many of which have never before left the Vatican. Among the items on display are early maps and atlases of North America, and a compass Michelangelo may have used in building St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The exhibit will be at The Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard. It will move to Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, on September 27, 2008.
June 28, 2008 - September 14, 2008 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
The separation of the Northern and Southern Netherlands in the 16 and 17th century was not easy. It took many years of war against the occupying Spanish empire. The story of this Eighty Years War is illustrated in the exhibition The XVII Provinces in old maps: the story of a turbulent separation through more than 40 unique maps of the era. At the Mercatormuseum, Zamanstraat 49. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday 14-17h., Sunday 10-17 h. Additional information from telephone +32 (0)3 760 37 50.
August 18, 2008 - September 14, 2008 - Munich
Atlases of the Mannheimer Palatina are on display at the Bavarian State Library, Ludwigstr. 16.
April 25, 2008 - September 15, 2008 - Madrid
The city council of Madrid sponsors several activities to commemorate the Bicentennial of May 2, 1808. Madrid 1808. Guerra y territorio. Mapas y Planos (1808-1814) is an exhibition at Museo de Historia, Calle Fuencarral 78. It includes 90 works, including maps, prints and models. When Napoleon decided to take full control of Spain the only decent cartography that existed for the Iberian Peninsula concerned the frontiers and sections of the coastline; there were hardly any maps of the interior. Napoleon's army counted with units whose job it was to survey the countries they were so busily invading and so it was that many of the first quality maps of inland Spain were a product of the French army. Many of these maps are displayed. Some of the maps show the villages of Chamartin, Vallecas or Hortaleza lying quite clearly some distance from the city. In addition there is a visual guide to events in Madrid on the 2nd May 1808 showing how the day developed in different parts of the city.
January 26, 2008 - September 20, 2008 - New Orleans
The exhibit Surrounded by Water: New Orleans, the Mississippi River & Lake Ponchartrain will include maps from the collection of the Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street.
July 5, 2008 - September, 2008 - Shreveport, Louisiana
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 3201 Centenary Blvd., has an exhibition, Early Maps of the United States. The exhibit features maps and manuscripts from 1507 through 1865 showing how the locations and shapes of various states changed through the years. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Contact (318) 861-7615 for more information.
April 11, 2008 - October 1, 2008 - Hendersonville, North Carolina
The new Henderson County Heritage Museum opens as part of the grand opening ceremonies of the renovated Historic Courthouse. Let Freedom Ring is the theme of the first exhibit. Rare artifacts, original maps, graphics, photographs and rare sketches, along with multi-media productions, will tell the story of veterans in the county, from the Revolutionary War to the present.
April 20, 2008 - October 5, 2008 - New York
The Mapping of Ukraine: European Cartography and Maps of Early Modern Ukraine, 1550-1799 includes 42 original maps published by European mapmakers over a 250-year period at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 East Sixth Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues). A majority of the maps in the exhibition are from the Museum's Marie Halun Bloch Collection, which consists of 52 maps bequeathed to the Museum by the Ukrainian American writer of children's books upon her death in 1998. A fully illustrated, bilingual catalogue with an introduction by Dr. Bohdan Kordan, the curator of the exhibition, will accompany the exhibition. Open Wed-Sun 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
June 28, 2008 - October 5, 2008 - Pittsburgh
The exhibition A Panorama of Pittsburgh--Nineteenth-Century Printed Views and accompanying catalogue will provide an in-depth consideration of the history of printed views of Pittsburgh and printmaking in the city, leading to a better understanding of the story of the region as well as of the use of prints of cityscapes during the period. There have been no previous exhibitions that have studied this material systematically, using examples from private, public, corporate, and club collections in Pittsburgh, as well as institutions around the country. The accompanying catalogue will include an essay by guest curator, Christopher W. Lane and an extensive and scholarly catalogue listing of printed views of Pittsburgh. This exhibition, organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center, is part of the Frick's contribution to the celebrations surrounding Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. This exhibition is organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center with support provided by the Allegheny Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Eichleay Foundation, Mine Safety Appliances, and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation.
June 28, 2008 - October 5, 2008 - Rotterdam
In search for Eldorado" is on display at the Maritime Museum. The exhibition shows charts and maps of the Guyana's from the 16th until the 19th century. It tells the story of the adventurers and pioneers who tried to build a new life there. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the first published Dutch map of Surinam by the surveyor Willem Mogge. made in 1671.
August 22, 2008 - October 5, 2008 - Chur, Switzerland
Peter Hemmi (1789-1852) was one of the most important surveyors in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Chur in Klafter und Schuh - Peter Hemmi und sein Werk is an exhibition of his manuscript maps and engravings that show the city and canton for the first time true to scale. Exhibition is in Stadtgalerie, Rathaus, Poststrasse 33. There is an accompanying catalog.
September 4, 2008 - October 6, 2008 - Boonville, Indiana
The ways maps can be viewed, both as documents and as mirrors of their times, are explored in the Indiana Historical Society exhibition, Indiana Through the Mapmaker's Eye, at the Warrick County Museum, 217 S First St. The exhibition is drawn from approximately 1,500 maps and atlases of Indiana and the Midwest, dating from 1577 to the present. It examines four ways people have used maps through the years - as documentation, tools, political images and art. Some of the maps displayed in the exhibition include an 1833 tourist's Indiana pocket map, a 1913 Sanborn Company fire insurance map for Bloomington, Thomas Kitchin's 1747 map of French settlements in North America, a 1881 bird's-eye view of Mount Vernon and a circa-1880 scale-model map of the University of Notre Dame. The museum is open Sunday through Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m.
June 28, 2008 - October 12, 2008 - Fort Worth, Texas
The Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, will have an exhibit Revisualizing Westward Expansion: A Century of Conflict, 1800-1900 which displays several fine maps from University of Texas at Arlington's Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library. The maps span the nineteenth century, from Aaron Arrowsmith's great 1796 Map of the United States of North America, with "Additions to 1802" to a colorful 1902 chromolithographed map showing not only the American West but also territories acquired by the U.S. in the Spanish-American War of 1898. Among the rarest of these gems is a large map of Mexico drawn by John H. Robinson, a medical doctor who accompanied Zebulon Pike's famous and ill-fated western expedition in 1806-1807.
September 11, 2008 - October 12, 2008 - Philadelphia
The "Peace, Liberty, and Independence": 225 Years After the Treaty of Paris show will focus attention on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, an agreement between American representatives and the British signed on Sept. 3, 1783 that formally ended the war. Stately paintings celebrating the freshly minted American government and the ancient muskets, sabers and armaments used to free the 13 colonies from England's rule will be displayed at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 North Broad Street. Included in the exhibit is a group of six maps from a French cartographer which depicts six battles in which the French played an influential role, including the Yorktown siege in 1781.
July 15, 2008 - October 15, 2008 - Williamsburg, Virginia
Jamestown Settlement is pleased to present A New World: England's First View of America, an exhibition of nearly one hundred watercolors by the Elizabethan artist John White that constitute the only surviving visual record of England's first settlement in North America. The exhibit is organized by the British Museum, London. In 1585 White sailed with the earliest expedition to "Virginia" and produced a series of beautiful watercolors that documented his voyage. The exhibition includes all of White's drawings of the region's Algonquian Indians, as well rare maps and charts, and associated works by his contemporaries. The exhibition presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to glimpse the land and people of North America at the moment when Europeans encountered them for the first time. The drawings of John White are seldom on display and travel less than once a generation. An accompanying catalog, with the same title as the exhibit, is edited by Kim Sloan, Curator of British Drawings and Watercolors before 1800 at the British Museum, and published by The University of North Carolina Press (ISBN 978-0-8078-3125-0 cloth, 978-0-8078-5825-7 paper).
September 16, 2008 - October 16, 2008 - Darmstadt
The University and Federal State Library Darmstadt will exhibit maps from 16-18th century books that are in the Library's collection.
July 8, 2008 - October 19, 2008 - Los Angeles
The Marvel and Measure of Peru: Three Centuries of Visual Histories, 1560-1880 is an exhibition of a recently rediscovered manuscript, textiles, books, prints, maps, watercolors and photographs. On display at Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. Opens 10 a.m.-6 p.m
July 12, 2008 - October 25, 2008 - Leipzig
Alte sächsische Landkarten und Städtebilder aus der Regionalkundlichen Bibliothek [Old Saxonian Maps and City Landscapes from the Regionalkundlichen Library] at Stadtbibliothek Leipzig, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 10/11.
May 1, 2008 - October 26, 2008 - Greenwich
Cousteau in the Underworld, forming a major part of an overall retrospective "anthology" of works of Simon Patterson entitled the Undersea World and Other Stories, is a map-based art exhibit at the National Maritime Museum. This anthology investigates Simon Patterson's consistent explorations of the sea, stars and time - themes central to the collections and research at the National Maritime Museum. Some 23 Admiralty charts - from those of Francis Beaufort (1811-12), W.H. Smyth (1821-44), and Owen Stanley (including one of the Iberian Peninsula) - are 'amended' by the artist, enlarged and printed on canvas, and suspended around the walls.
March 21, 2008 - October 30, 2008 - Stamford, Lincolnshire
England's grandest and largest house of the first Elizabethan Age, Burghley, will be offering visitors a chance to get up close to the Tudor way of life in a new visitor exhibition, The Age of Elizabeth at Burghley, which combines royal intrigue and movie magic. Taking pride and place at the heart of the exhibition is the Burghley Nef. Shaped like a ship and made from parcel gilt silver and nautilus shell, it was crafted in Paris around 1527. In the film a replica was the centrepiece deployed on a Tudor chart of Europe on which Elizabeth and her councillors plotted against the Spanish Armada. Joining the real Burghley Nef for the exhibition will be rare and priceless Elizabethan items including William Cecil's atlas, complete with annotated maps listing in his own hand the spy contacts he ran throughout Europe. Also on view will be the draft death warrant for Mary Queen of Scots, drawn up by Cecil and reluctantly signed by the Queen.
October 1-30, 2008 - Bryceville, Florida
Old photographs, maps, and text covering the history of Bryceville, Brandy Branch and other nearby towns will be on display at the Bryceville Library, 7280 Motes Road. The collection, put together by the West Nassau Historical Society and the West Nassau Genealogical Society, is part of a month long celebration of the diverse history of the southwestern section of Nassau County. For additional information phone the Library at 904-266-9813.
November 23, 2007 - October 31, 2008 - Old Forge, New York
All Aboard - Up the Tracks is a new exhibit on display at the Goodsell Museum on Main Street. This exhibit will feature photographs of railroad passenger stations, sidings, and flag stops in the Town of Webb and neighboring communities. The exhibit will also contain maps of many of the railroads through the Town of Webb area including the early Peg Leg Railroad, Adirondack and St. Lawrence, Fulton Chain Railroad, Raquette Lake Railway and industrial railroads.
February 9, 2008 - November 2, 2008 - La Conner, Washington
Skagit County Historical Museum presents Lost Cities of Skagit: Rediscovering Places of Our Past. Through rarely seen photographs, maps, stories and artifacts, the exhibit tells the intriguing tales of 17 "lost" Skagit communities including Avon, Bancroft, Bay View, Cypress, Cokedale, Dewey, Finn Settlement, Fir/Conway, Harmony, Hickson/Thornwood, Hoogdal, Marblemount, Milltown, Montborne, Samish/Atlanta, Sauk and Skagit City. The Skagit County Historical Museum is located at 501 S 4th Street, at the top of the hill in La Conner. For more information, call 360-466-3365.
September 30, 2008 - November 2, 2008 - Halifax
On October 2, 1758, the first representative government in Canada convened in Halifax. Although only Protestant, male, freehold property owners over the age of twenty-one were enfranchised, the election of this Legislative Assembly of twenty-two men marks the origins of democracy in Canada. To celebrate 250 years of democracy in Canada, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street, presents Roots of Democracy: Nova Scotia in the Eighteenth Century which features a selection of 18th century paintings, prints, and maps from the permanent collection. The works featured in The Roots of Democracy include scenic landscapes, maps, and portraits of individuals to represent multiple narratives from the eighteenth century: Europeans who colonized and shaped the fate of the province; prominent landowners and settlers; encounters between Mi'kmaq and Europeans that reverberate today; scientific endeavours that made advancements in both the artistry and utility of mapmaking. This exhibition is a visual portrait of the momentous place and time where parliamentary democracy emerged in Canada.
September 6, 2008 - November 9, 2008 - Frankfurt
Becoming Istanbul, an exhibition aimed at exploring how Istanbul developed into the current metropolis that interfaces between West and East, is currently on display at the German Museum of Architecture, Schaumainkai (Museumsufer) 43. Held as part of the side events leading up to this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, where Turkey will be featured as guest of honor, Becoming Istanbul was organized in cooperation with the Istanbul-based Garanti Gallery. The show revolves around a database that sheds light from all sorts of different perspectives on the city. The interactive exhibition showcases a large stock of data -- over 7,000 pieces of visual material -- contributed by a number of photographers, artists, architects, authors, illustrators and researchers who have focused on the city in their work. A series of maps prepared for the exhibition aims at documenting under different headings Istanbul's position within the context of Turkey and the world. An encyclopedic catalog that documents Istanbul's urban transformation over the last century and a half also accompanies the exhibition.
May 17, 2008 - November 15, 2008 - China
Are you interested in seeing science from above? Curious to see what impact one single person or invention can have? Keen to find pockets of innovation? Desperate for better tools to manage the information flood? Or are you simply fascinated by maps? Then visit the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit at:
May 17 to June 30 - The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, BeiSiHuanXiLu, No.33, Beijing.
July 15 to August 15 - Chinese Academy of Sciences branch in Lazhou.
September 1 to October 1 - Chinese Academy of Sciences branch in Chengdu.
October 15 to November 15 - Chinese Academy of Sciences branch in Wuhan.
June 16, 2008 - November 23, 2008 - Amsterdam
Atlas Major / The world of Blaeu is on display at Bijzondere Collecties Universiteit van Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1023 GC Amsterdam, Tel. 020-5257300. The exhibition displays all copies of the Atlas Major from the Special Collections, and a large collection of additional Blaeu maps. They can be compared to other maps by his predecessors, contemporaries and followers such as Claudius Ptolemy, Johannes Janssonius and Frederick de Wit. Also on display are the logbook of the first trip to India, and the report and the map of the fateful discovery of Willem Barents.
July 8, 2008 - November 30, 2008 - Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Zlatá stezka na starých mapách [Gold trail to the old maps] is on display at the Jihoceské Muzeum (Museum of South Bohemia), Dukelská 1.
August 10, 2008 - November 30, 2008 - Batesville, Arkansas
Maps have been guideposts for travel and exploration, and have expanded people's understanding of the world, since the earliest of times. Old Independence Regional Museum, 380 South Ninth Street, focuses on this through its new exhibit Maps: From Here to There and Then to Now. It will display maps from the distant past and digital interactive maps in the present. Of special interest is an exhibition of Carter Yeatman's Historic Arkansas map collection, which spans the years from 1821 through the 1860s and one dating ca. 1920. Each map illustrates the beauty of early cartography, and also shows how the boundaries of the state and its counties changed during those decades. In the museum's main gallery, maps of various sizes and uses fill the space. Early settlement trails across Arkansas and Indian Removal routes show how settlers came to claim land and how the government forced Native Americans to leave their land. Early survey maps display how the rectangular Public Land Survey System of measuring land worked, instead of using the former "metes and bounds" method of measurement in relation to landmarks. Information about land patents and homesteads is mounted next to an original copy of each. Land ownership maps for1853, 1902, and the present, give names of individuals who own particular acreage plots. A display titled "Traveling the Land" reveals road maps in various forms, from an early fold-out map attached to a book up to the present Streets and Trips program on a computer that allows the visitor "hands on" navigation. The city of Batesville is featured through a map printed on cloth about 1910 and Sanborn Insurance maps of the city in 1914 that shows actual house footprints. The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Call 870-793-2121 for more information.
September 13, 2008 - November 30, 2008 - Rivarolo Mantovano, Mantua
The exhibition I Gonzaga delle Nebbie. The history of the cadet branch that ruled the lands between the Oglio and Po rivers will be on display at Palazzo Pubblico. People call them Gonzaga delle Nebbie or the Gonzaga from the mists, and this noble and powerful family will be the chief attraction of the new exhibition. The exhibition aims to divulgate the history of the branch of the Gonzaga family descending from Francesco Gonzaga (1445-1496); a family that after the death of Ludovico II and the fragmentation of his vast estate ruled all the lands between the Oglio and Po rivers for more than two centuries. In the first section of the exhibition called "Sala di città" visitors will have the opportunity to see and admire old maps and pictures of all the towns, from Gazzuolo and Bozzolo to Rivarolo, Pomponesco, and Isola Dovarese, once ruled by these cadet branches of the Gonzaga family. Opening hours: 10:00 - 19:00 from Monday to Sunday.
September 29, 2008 - November 2008 - Boston
Pirate Treasures is an exhibition of historical and fictional works whose theme is piracy, consisting primarily of maps and books from the Nicholas M. Williams Ethnological Collection and supplemented with works from other collections including Fine Print, Jesuitana, and Irish Music Center, as well as the libraries of Flann O'Brien, Hilaire Belloc and Graham Greene. On display at Burns Library, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue.
October 28, 2008 - November 30, 2008 - Ithaca
The Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E Green Street, announces its latest exhibit: Antique Maps in Books and Films: Historic Urban Plans at the Library. This exhibit, which is on display in the Avenue of the Friends, features maps provided by Historic Urban Plans, an Ithaca-based company that has published reproductions of antique world maps, city plans, panoramic views and sea charts since 1964. The Library exhibit is being held in recognition of the company's 45th anniversary. It will illustrate the range of maps available from the company and highlight the use of city maps and views in books and films. Some of the books and films on display can also be found in the Library's collection.
October 17, 2008 - December 7, 2008 - Annville, Pennsylvania
Dutch Prints from the Golden Age, an exceptional exhibition of more that 40 etchings, engravings, and mezzotints from the 17th and 18th centuries in the Netherlands is at the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College. This fascinating show is drawn from a remarkable private collection of Dutch seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century etchings and engravings by master artists including Romeyn de Hooghe, Jan Saenredam, Crispin I de Passe, Cornelis Bega, Thomas Wijck, and Jan Luyken, among others. Many of the prints served as illustrations in printed books on history, religion, and science in the baroque age. The exhibition includes more than forty works including exceptional examples of the most important genres of the era: portraits, maps, landscapes, histories, allegories, scenes from everyday life, and religious subjects. The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery is open at no charge. Gallery hours are: Wednesday 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday 1 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to5 p.m. For more information, please call 717-867-6445.
November 2008 - December 9, 2008 - Thessaloniki
The maps of Samourka Collection (ca 1200 maps) representing Greece, printed from the 16th to 18th century, cover the major part of the cartographic history of that period and the schools of mapmaking. The Samourka Map Collection is a subject of systematic research and the basis for relevant map exhibitions and publishing. The book "The History of Mapmaking in the Greek World, 1420-1800: Maps from the Margarita Samourka Collection," by Giorgos Tolias, was presented at the National Research Institute on November 20th. Athens University Professor Paschalis M. Kitromilidis, Thessaloniki Universtity Professor Evangelos Livieratos, and the author, who is also director of research at the Institute of Modern Greek Studies, all spoke at the presentation. To mark the occasion of the book's publication, an exhibition of maps from Margarita Samourka's collection is being held at The Institute of Modern Greek Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Its subject is Maps of Greece during the Renaissance: 1478-1598. It is sponsored by the Samourka Foundation. Giorgos (George) Tolias is a well-known cartographic historian, who was winner of the second Imago Mundi Prize.
July 19, 2008 - December 31, 2008 - Taipei
The National Palace Museum, 221 Chih-shan Rd., Sec. 2; Shih-lin, has put on display a selection of its vast collection of maps in the exhibit Outlining Geographical Expanse With a Brush. Displayed are a small portion of the Museum's huge collection of maps, including maps used for civil engineering projects, coastal defense and in reports from governors to the Chinese emperor. These maps are extremely precious, for in most cases they are unique. Unlike Western maps, which often employed etching or other technology [which allowed accurate mass reproduction], most of these maps were hand drawn. One of the show's highlights is the Map of Taiwan and the Pescadores from the Yungcheng period (1678-1735) of the Qing Dynasty. This detailed map, which among many other fascinating features shows the Taipei basin as a lake, provides endless interest for anyone familiar with Taiwan's geography. A catalog provides detailed Chinese notes and invaluable closeups of sections of various maps.
September - December 2008 - Edmonton, Alberta
The Legacy of Empire exhibition at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta, is complimented by a supplementary map display at the Cameron Science and Technology Library. The supplementary exhibition, running only until September 21, includes early maps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary and Central Europe from the William C. Wonders Map Collection and features Hungarian maps recently donated by J.E. Horvath. The 27 maps and city views date from 1493 to 1918. A catalogue is available for purchase at the Bruce Peel Special Collections reference desk. Open Monday to Friday - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm; November 8 - 29 only: Saturdays - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
November 13, 2008 - December 31, 2008 - Muncie, Indiana
Native America at the Crossroad: Resources Celebrating Native American Heritage Month will be on exhibit in Bracken Library, Ball State University. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month and explore the multitude of resources available on Native American history by visiting Archives and Special Collections on the second floor of Bracken Library. This exhibit is in collaboration with the Anthropology Department, Geospatial Resources & Maps, and Educational Resources. Items featured in the exhibit include maps featuring Delaware settlements along the White River in Indiana and Indians of North America, photographs from the Miami Indian photo collection, documents from the Indian Reserves Collection, historical texts documenting Native Americans in the U.S., a copy of Richard Greens booklet on the Delaware Indians in Muncie, a rawhide rattle and peace pipe from Educational Resources, and pottery sherds and arrowheads from the Anthropology Department. For more information, please contact Lajmar Anderson.
December 4 - 31, 2008 - Munich
Maps of Japan - Japan on Maps is on display at Galerie Gemini, Neuturmstr. 2. Benedetto Bordone published the earliest known printed map devoted to Japan worldwide 1528 in Venice based solely on the mention by Marco Polo. Only when Portuguese and later also Dutch seafarers reached the distant archipelago the maps became more realistic. The Dutch brought back not only their own observations, but also Japanese maps. On the other hand Japanese cartographers became influenced by maps imported from Europe. The resulting fascinating evolution of the geographical image of Japan will be demonstrated in the exhibition by almost 100 oriental and occidental maps from the 16th to the 19th century.
July 2007 - indefinite 2008 - London
Hollar as a Mapmaker is a small display in the Map Reading Room Lobby of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, in honour of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Czech artist and etcher Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677). Best known for his landscapes, portraits, fashion plates and depictions of antiquities, Hollar also had a lifelong love of maps and earned a living by etching them. Some of the most outstanding but little-known decorative examples of his work are featured, with an accompanying leaflet. Included are views, portraits, and his anguished cartographical portrayal of the English and Czech civil wars and what is perhaps the most minute panorama and bird's-eye view of London ever to be created.