October 20, 2008 - January 2, 2009 - New York
Harlem 350, an exhibition saluting the founding of the village of Harlem in the 17th Century and highlighting its history and architecture, is at The City College of New York's Cohen Library. The exhibit will be located in the Library Atrium in the North Academic Center Building, 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan. It is free and open to the public. Using photographs, maps, and prints, the exhibition documents as well as illustrates Harlem's social and architectural history. Originally developed for the middle and upper classes seeking to escape the congestion of the Lower East Side, Harlem became Manhattan's crown jewel from the 1880s through the first decade of the 20th Century. Transportation innovations brought increased land values as well as the speculators and developers who constructed the elegant rows of brownstones and luxury apartments that attracted the wealthy. These edifices are still a feature of the neighborhood today. Professors William Gibbons, Reference Librarian, and Sydney Van Nort, Chief of the Division of Archives and Special Collections, were co-curators for the exhibit. For more information about the exhibit please call the Cohen Library at (212) 650-7271.
August 25, 2008 - January 3, 2009 - Arlington, Texas
Revisualizing Westward Expansion: A Century of Conflict in Maps, 1800-1900, an exhibit of maps at University of Texas at Arlington's Special Collections will include numerous impressive smaller maps from the library's collection as well as some significant maps generously loaned by the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and by a private collector. Special Collections hours are Monday 9am to 7pm and Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5pm. For more information call all 817-272-3393.
September 15, 2008 - January 9, 2009 - Tucson
Special Collections at The University of Arizona Libraries, 1510 E. University Blvd, is launching its newest exhibition, Páginas de la Historia de México: Excerpts from the Morales de Escárcega Collection. The exhibit contains materials Gildardo Morales Díaz began gathering in Mexico City in 1920 for his personal library. The exhibit features Morales-Díaz's select archival materials - letters, maps, and government documents - that uniquely chronicle the history of Mexico from the colonial period to the 20th century. His children and grandchildren preserved the materials after his death.
October 11, 2008 - January 11, 2009 - The Hague
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is hosting an exhibition of 46 paintings and 22 seventeenth century maps, atlases, and illustrated books that depict Dutch cityscapes. Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Dutch exploration and settlement of the Hudson River Valley in North America. The exhibit travels to the National Gallery of Art in Washington from February 1 through May 3, 2009.
December 4, 2008 - January 15, 2009 - Leiden
To finish the jubilee year in which the Linschoten Society celebrates its centenary, the exhibition Traveling through the ages: 100 years Linschoten Society will take place in Leiden University Library, Witte Singel 27. The Linschoten Society exists 100 years and its goal still is to publish rare or unpublished travel accounts of Dutch sea and land voyages and geographies. 'The old Dutch ship's logs and other accounts on memorable voyages over land or sea emanate charm and inspiration' the board of the Linschoten Society wrote in 1940 in a short published overview of her deeds and pursuits. Nowadays, we would formulate this less solemn, but the charm and inspiration still exist. In the exhibition Traveling through the ages original travel accounts, prints and maps from the collections of the University Library, on which the publication series "Works of the Linschoten Society" are based, will be shown. A selection of late16th and 17th century publications are chosen, the period in which the printed travel account became a popular genre in the Netherlands. The accompanying texts give information on both the original works and the works published by the Linschoten Society. Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 - 22:00, Saturday: 9:30 - 17:00, Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. There is an accompanying publication Henk den Heijer and Cees van Romburgh (red.), "Reizen door de eeuwen heen:100 jaar Linschoten-Vereeniging (1908-2008)." Zutphen, Walburg Pers, 2008.
January 28, 2008 - January 17, 2009 - Charlottesville
"On the Map" American Maps from 1500 to 1800 from the Seymour I. Schwartz Collection is at the main gallery at the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. "On the Map" will feature three centuries of early American maps from the collection of noted map scholar and collector, Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz. The exhibition brings together a selection of rare, significant maps that chronicle the Age of Exploration, European empire-building, the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution. "On the Map" explores the many layers of information contained within maps-highlighting the artistry of their production, the history of cartography, and changes in printing and navigational technologies.
October 6, 2008 - January 23, 2009 - Boston
The State Library, 24 Beacon Street, in room 341 of the Massachusetts State House, features the exhibit Plymouth: People, Politics and Primary Sources. The exhibit features materials from the State Library's collections highlighting the Town of Plymouth and the Wampanoag, the town's first inhabitants. Some items on display include maps from the 1700s to present, town reports and newspapers from the 1800s. The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
January 9-23, 2009 - Gainesville, Florida
The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries exhibit Cuba: Past, Present and Future will exhibit rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other items from over 200 years of Cuban history and culture. Exhibit is in East Library, Plaza of the Americas.
July 30, 2008 - January 25, 2009 - Trieste
Trieste is promising visitors a voyage into its medieval past, with a new, wide-ranging exhibition looking at life in the Middle Ages. Today a melting pot of cultures and language on Italy's northeaster border, Trieste was a Roman settlement by the 2nd century BC but has a history of human population dating back 5,000 years. However, the town only came into its own during the Middle Ages, after developing from a hillside settlement into a free commune at the end of the 12th century. Medioevo a Trieste / Istituzioni, arte, società nel Trecento considers the town's institutions, art and society during the 1300s from a variety of angles. The exhibit features maps and plans of the city, artworks, jewellery, weapons, furniture and coins designed to bring 14th-century Trieste to life. There is also an extensive collection of private and public manuscripts, diplomatic letters and entries from public administrative records, not just from Trieste but also from Venice and towns administered by the Patriarchate of Aquileia, a powerful neighbour. Exhibit can be seen at Civico Museo del Castello di San Giusto, Piazza Cattedrale 3.
October 3, 2008 - January 25, 2009 - Washington
The year 2008 marks the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution and resulted in the reshaping of modern North America. The new exhibition, 1783: Subject or Citizen? reveals the untold story of the Treaty of Paris and marks the first time the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States and Library and Archives Canada have collaborated on an international exhibition. 1783: Subject or Citizen? incorporates 60 archival treasures from the vaults of both institutions, including the rarely displayed 1783 Treaty of Paris which is from the U.S. National Archives. The multi-media exhibit also includes audio interactives and 18th-century maps, books, paintings, and letters that tell the story of the individuals living during a time of unprecedented change. The exhibition is on display at the National Archives, on the National Mall on Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW.
September 24, 2008 - January 30, 2009 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
For centuries cartographers have wrestled with the difficulties of depicting rivers, and in the process they have devised many ingenious ways of answering the challenge - from streambed profiles to bird's eye views, ranging in format from portfolio atlases to strip maps, accordion books, and scrolls. From the Amazon to the Volga: The Cartographic Representation of Rivers examines how mapmakers from the 15th century to the early 20th century sought to measure, track, and frame some of the major rivers of the world, including the Tigris and Euphrates, Amazon, Don, Danube, Nile, Congo, Rhine, Volga, and Mississippi. Exhibition is on display at Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Harvard University. For details contact Joseph Garver at 617-495-2417
November 18, 2008 - January 30, 2009 - Albuquerque
'Rollin' on a River: Traversing the inland waterways of the Americas highlights the University of New Mexico's collections on late-19th and early-20th century European and North American narratives of river travel in Latin America. The exhibit will be on view in the Herzstein Latin American Reading Room at Zimmerman Library. The exhibition features published narratives, images and maps from the general collection at University Libraries as well as postcards and photographs drawn from the "Peter H. Goldsmith's Album Pages" and "Rubber Plantation Photographs" in the Center for Southwest Research.
December 12, 2008 - January 30, 2009 - Brindisi, Italy
Benedetto Marzolla (1801-1858) was a geographer and cartographer who was born in Brindisi (South Puglia) and active in the Officio Topografico of Naples from 1821 until his death. He was the author of an important Universal Atlas (six editions) which reached a total of 54 large format lithographed maps in the last edition; published in Naples in 1858. Benedetto Marzolla. Brindisino, Geografo e Cartografo dell '800 Europeo [Benedetto Marzolla. Brindisi, Geographer and Cartographer of the XIX Century Europe] is an exhibition at the Palazzo Granafei/Nervegna of his complete production (around 180 maps, views, and portraits), an oil portrait painting, and other documents of his life in Brindisi and Naples. Vladimiro Valerio and Paola Valenti have published an accompanying monograph "Benedetto Marzolla. Brindisino, Geografo e Cartografo dell'800 Europeo," Barieri Selvaggi Editor, Manduria, 2008. Additional information from Vladimiro Valerio.
September 2, 2008 - February 5, 2009 - New York
Thirty-five contemporary artists employ maps - real or imagined - as metaphors for human relationships, historical experience, social values, global politics, and issues of identity and heritage in the exhibit Envisioning Maps at Hebrew Union College, One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street). Open Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Selected Sundays (October 19, November 23, December 14, and January 25), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission: free. Photo ID required. Group Tours and Information: Elizabeth Mueller (212) 824-2205..
November 7, 2008 - February 15, 2009 - Grand Canyon, Arizona
Cartographers have attempted to map the complex features of the Grand Canyon for more than 150 years. Over time their equipment and techniques have changed dramatically, enabling them to capture fine details and diverse information. See the wide range of maps being used today. They are as beautiful as they are informative. The exhibit Mapping the Grand Canyon contains approximately 50 maps of the Grand Canyon region dating from 1858 to the present, and some early and contemporary tools used by map makers to collect data. The exhibit can be seen at historic Kolb Studio, South Rim Village, Grand Canyon National Park For additional information contact: Helen Thompson at 928.638.7033.
January 6, 2009 - February 26, 2009 - London
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, presents From Kabul to Kandahar: 1833-1933. The Society's Afghanistan collection includes hundreds of rare images dating back to the mid 1800s. A selection of the Society's photographs, drawings and lithographs - accompanied by extracts from historic travel journals and maps - feature in this engaging and informative exhibition.
February 4-27, 2009 - New York
The Union League Club, 38 E 37th Street, is exhibiting Texas Maps. Visitors are welcome weekdays, 9-6. No sneakers or jeans allowed, as this is a private club.
November 22, 2008 - February 2009 - Chicago
Mapping the Ridge; is on display at the Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Avenue. The exhibit features our in-house collection of maps and photographs. Our collection of maps include several unique historic aerial photographs, topographical and property maps of the Beverly/Morgan Park area, and historic street scenes of familiar places in our community. Each of these artifacts has a story to tell, and will engage exhibit participants in reminiscences of their own. The exhibit is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Appointments to view the exhibit at other times may be made by phoning 773-881-1675.
December 8, 2008 - February 28, 2009 - Denver
Maps as Art asks you to look - and then to look again. Look not at the place or time represented but for how maps work as visual artifacts. Consider how cartographers and illustrators choose to represent the world with the elements of visual art, including line, space, perspective, color and imagery. Maps as Art, at the Denver Central Library, Level 5 - Western Art Gallery, 10 W. Fourteenth Avenue Parkway, presents more than 80 maps and affords an opportunity to explore how we portray our world. Included are a map that shows the elevations of a lake, a city captured on cocktail napkin, and the iconic imagery of highway and street maps.
February 2-28, 2009 - Salem, Oregon
Approximately 30 items from the collection of Jim Walker are displayed in the exhibit Tracking Oregon's Boundaries: Maps from 1802-1860 which is part of the Oregon Sesquicentennial celebration around the state. Oregon became a state on February 14, 1859, and the exhibit will be up inside the first floor of the State Capitol building, 900 Court Street NE, during the biennial legislative session. The chronology of the exhibit goes from the time of Lewis and Clark to statehood and focuses on the developing boundaries and borders of Oregon Country, Territory and State as well as the surveying of the General Land Office. Highlights include the 1802 Arrowsmith map of North America which framed the knowledge of the west on the eve of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the 1814 printed Lewis and Clark map, the 1816 Melish map of North America, the seminal maps of Fremont and Wilkes, the Feb. 14, 1859 New York Times edition describing the final votes in Congress allowing for Oregon Statehood and a rare letter from a circuit rider Methodist minister dated March, 1859 which includes his hand drawn map of his circuit covering most of western Oregon from the Columbia River to the California line.
January 22, 2009 - March 7, 2009 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Out Of This World and Divine Sky: The Artistry Of Astronomical Maps will feature many antique and modern planetary and celestial maps from the Map Library's collection including Cellarius'celestial atlas, Harmonia Macrocosmica (1708), and the 1781 edition of Flamsteed's celestial atlas. Also included are some detailed lunar maps, maps of Mars, images from the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory and other works. At the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 920 North University.
January 4, 2009 - March 20, 2009 - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The Bishop Map Collection was gifted to the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., in 1999 by the George J. Bishop Family of Myrtle Beach. This 30-piece map and print collection dates from 1606 to 1863, and is now on display in the museum. It includes historic gems such as a map of Horry District (1825) by Robert Mills who is regarded as the United States' first architect, a hand-drawn map of Charleston Harbor (1861) during the Civil War, and the map Mark Catesby included in his celebrated "Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands" (1731).
December 20, 2008 - March 22, 2009 - Brisbane
Mapping the Great South Land: From Terra Incognita to New Holland and Australia is on display at the State Library of Queensland, Display Wall, level 4, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank. The exhibit is a display of 30 rare maps, globes and books. It features charts by Tasman, Cook and Flinders and publications that made Australia an essential destination for scientists and inspired works such as Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. A rare map from 1593 that depicts and Australian land mass, more than a decade before the Dutch 'discovered' Australia, is just one of the historic gems on display at the Talbot Family Treasures Wall. Open daily 10am-5pm.
October 15, 2008 - March 29, 2009 - Los Angeles
Foldout maps, topographical surveys, nautical charts, real estate atlases, and tourist guides fill our glove compartments, decorate our walls, and connect us to our world. As powerful works of imagination, maps straddle the lines between art and science, between precision and romance. L.A. Unfolded: Maps from the Los Angeles Public Library celebrates one of the largest collections in American public libraries. With a focus on Los Angeles and California, L.A. Unfolded presents a broad range of maps including the 1884 city of Los Angeles map, the 1946 Historic Roads to Romance tourist map, and the 1975 guide to the murals of East Los Angeles. Exhibit is at Central Library, Getty Gallery, 630 W. 5th Street; phone (213) 228-7000; open Mon. 10-8, Tue. 10-8, Wed. 10-8, Thu. 10-8, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 1-5.
October 17, 2008 - March 29, 2009 - New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, in collaboration with the Virginia Historical Society, presents Grant and Lee in War and Peace. The exhibit explores the most critical decades in American history through the lives of two towering men. By telling the stories of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), commander of the Union armies and later 18th President of the United States, and of Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander of the Confederate forces, the exhibition brings to life not only these two compelling figures but the forces that have shaped America, in their time and our own. Visitors to Grant and Lee in War and Peace will encounter a wealth of rare and remarkable objects and documents, drawn from the Historical Society's own important holdings and from public and private collections around the country. These materials range from authentic military equipment to period maps and documents.
October 25, 2008 - March 29, 2009 - Albuquerque
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings, at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW, 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 International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (May 18-October 31, 2009).
March 2008 - March 31, 2009 - Boulder, Colorado
In honor of the International Polar Year (March 2007-March 2009), the Map Library of University of Colorado, 2200 Colorado Avenue, has created an exhibit Polar Regions. This is the fourth in a series of exhibits on the topic of landscape/geography in literature. It features maps, poetry, and prose about the Arctic and Antarctic, and writings inspired by the regions' extremes of climate. Inuit authors are represented in a variety of styles, from song to narrative. The influence of polar explorers' reports on Romantic literature is also highlighted. Maps in the exhibit range from a 16th century depiction of the North Pole and surrounds, to satellite imagery of Antarctic ice fields. Texts include Inuit descriptions of encounters with white explorers, nature writing, and early 19th century poetry by Eleanor Anne Porden Franklin, first wife of polar explorer John Franklin.
February 2, 2009 - March 31, 2009 - Oxford
An exhibition focusing on the Christ Church Library early corpus of maps, globes, and charts in manuscripts and printed volumes, Journeys on the Page - Representations of Space in Maps, is in the Upper Library at Christ Church.
August 25, 2008 - April 4, 2009 - Lubbock, Texas
Visitors to the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University can journey back in time to an earlier Texas, a world revealed by rare and precious items from the holdings of museums, libraries and private collections from Texas, New Mexico and California. The first part of the exhibit Medieval Southwest: Manifestations of the Old World in the New illustrates how an era of discovery brought European structures and practices to a New World. A medieval-style military expedition, led by Vázquez de Coronado, will be revealed by artifacts from the Coronado campsite in Blanco Canyon, and by period arms, armor, and furniture. Books, 15th to 17th century maps, and a rare Coronelli Globe document local exploration and the opening of the High Plains to European consciousness.
March 16, 2009 - April 8, 2009 - Bradford on Avon
The impact of the river on Bradford on Avon will be the subject of a new exhibition to launch at the town's museum. A River Runs Through It is the name of the exhibition of maps, photos and plans charting the history of the river Avon, which will be held in the Bradford on Avon Museum in Bridge Street.
November 5, 2008 - April 12, 2009 - New York
The Hispanic Society of America, Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets, presents New York-based artist Zoe Leonard's monumental work, Analogue (1998-2007). The exhibit is a series of nearly 400 photographs, along with a large selection of rare maps and navigational charts dating back to the fifteenth century from the Hispanic Society's extensive collection.
February 3, 2009 - April 25, 2009 - Sibley, Missouri
Jackson County Parks & Recreation is proud to present Mapping Missouri: Maps From the Collection of the Missouri State Archives at the Fort Osage Education Center, 107 Osage Street. The exhibit highlights almost 100 maps detailing the history of cartography in Missouri. From early land surveys by Antoine Soulard circa 1796-1804 to computer generated maps by Jim Harlan with the University of Missouri's Geographic Resources Center for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, the exhibit explores the importance of maps in Missouri history and our everyday life. The ability to accurately survey land and make maps was essential to the European settlement of Missouri and the negotiation of treaties with American Indians. Maps prove critical in settling land disputes between suburban neighbors and have shaped our concept of land ownership. A map attributed to Albert Lea illustrates how varying interpretations of the boundary line between Missouri and the Iowa Territory nearly led to war in 1839. Featured maps also show the Missouri's diversity of natural resources, including vegetation, tillable soil, mineral deposits, lumber and wildlife. Mapping Missouri is on loan from the Missouri State Archives to Jackson County Parks & Recreation. Open Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
January 31, 2009 - April 26, 2009 - Philadelphia
Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Berman and Stieglitz Galleries, ground floor, traces the rich history of an under-recognized aspect of Renaissance printmaking. This major loan exhibition features a diverse group of nearly 50 rarely displayed prints dating from the late 15th to the early 17th century that are all uncommonly large in scale. They are printed from two or more woodblocks or engraving plates on multiple sheets that had to be joined together to form a single large picture. Drawn entirely from collections in the United States, Grand Scale is the first exhibition since the 1970s to explore this facet of printmaking with examples by some of the most important artists and printmakers of their day, including Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and Titian (c.1488-1576). The exhibition includes one of the most spectacular examples of early printed maps, Jacopo de Barbari's six-block woodcut, Map of Venice, 1500. This woodcut is remarkable in all its aspects: its high viewpoint, its perspectival rendering of the city in minute - if not completely accurate - detail, as well as its enormous size (approximately four by nine feet). The delicately carved woodcut lines can be fully appreciated in the extraordinarily fine impression loaned to the exhibition by the Cleveland Museum of Art. This was among the prints that paved the way for some of the most impressive mural-sized woodcuts produced by the workshop of the Venetian painter Titian over a decade later.
December 30, 2008 - April 30, 2009 - Newburgh, New York
Educational Turkish Maps, at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 94 Broadway, features several maps - mostly from the 16th and 17th centuries - of various global cross-sections. There's one of China with the Great Wall, the Holy Land with a picture of the Crucifixion, one that shows native animals of several countries and even a hand-drawn map by Turkish Adm. Piri Reis, based on a map by Christopher Columbus.
February 1, 2009 - May 3, 2009 - Washington
The National Gallery of Art, West Building, is hosting an exhibition of 46 paintings and 22 seventeenth century maps, atlases, and illustrated books that depict Dutch cityscapes. Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Dutch exploration and settlement of the Hudson River Valley. Pride of Place is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Wheelock and Boudewijn Bakker of the Amsterdam Municipal Archive.
February 19, 2009 - May 3, 2009 - The Hague
Old maps and drawings from the official documents of the First and Second Chamber is on display at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek [Royal Library], Prins Willem Alexanderhof 5. This exhibition shows a selection of special attachments from parliamentary documents of the past two centuries. These maps, drawings and tables contain a wealth of historical information and give an insight into various issues discussed in the First and Second Chamber.
September 20, 2008 - May 10, 2009 - Winchester, Virginia
An exhibition entitled Jed Hotchkiss - Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker will open to the public at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street. The exhibit will feature 60 maps and sketches by Jed Hotchkiss, including maps made while serving as topographical engineer in the 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A., as well as examples of maps he made as an engineer and surveyor after the war. Of special interest will be the display of his great map of the Shenandoah Valley made at the behest of General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson. Hotchkiss is recognized today as one of nineteenth century America's finest mapmakers. The exhibit will contain both manuscript, printed, and digital reproductions. Curators of the exhibit are Robert Grogg (National Park Service, retired) and Richard W. Stephenson (Library of Congress, retired).
February 15, 2009 - May 10, 2009 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Avenue, exhibit All Over the Map focuses on rare historical maps from prestigious collections, including the American Geographical Society Library and contemporary works by artists who use mapping techniques in two- and three-dimensional works to chart faraway lands and fantastic places as well as their own lives and thoughts. At the same time, these artists provide a way to understand our place in the world. Maps are used as a point of departure - literally and figuratively - to transport us to another place. Each artist whose work is featured in the exhibition references mapmaking or, in some cases, actually modifies existing maps. Employing other materials to create map-like forms, producing documents that chart thoughts and constructing topographical forms, they utilize qualities inherent in cartography to provide endless possibilities for physical and imaginative exploration.
August 18, 2008 - May 23, 2009 - Richmond
The Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street, will have an exhibition, From Williamsburg to Wills Creek: The Fry-Jefferson Map. This exhibition will focus on the sources and sequels of the Fry-Jefferson map, created by Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson in 1755. Included in the exhibit of most of the states of the Fry-Jefferson map is the Library's beautifully struck and excessively rare ca. 1755 printing; 20 years older than the paler version usually seen. The exhibit also documents, with manuscript surveys, surveying equipment and printed maps; the earlier work which made the Fry-Jefferson map possible. Finally, it shows the influence of the map on successor maps, including Thomas Jefferson's own fine map of Virginia.
January 23, 2009 - May 31, 2009 - Golden, Colorado
Don't miss On High: Cartography of Topography, a remarkable exhibition of rare maps devoted to mountains and mountain regions of the world at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum, 710 10th Street. The exhibition will explore the ways in which topography has been viewed and mapped throughout history. Though not a comprehensive history of mountain cartography, On High offers a fascinating glimpse at the ways in which cartographers from different periods and places have chosen to depict places of terrain. This exhibition will include some of the more important maps in the history of world cartography, as well as maps from the exploration of the western United States. Highlights of the exhibit include a map from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, world maps from the 15th-18th centuries, Zebulon Pike's map of the exploration of the Southwest, and many more. The exhibition will draw from the collection of Wesley A. Brown, a prominent map collector from Denver, and from the Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library and Colorado Mountain Club Collection.
April 5, 2009 - May 31, 2009 - Istanbul
An exhibition on Topkapi and Alhambra palaces, which were built during the same period and have similar political symbols and meanings, will be in Topkapi Palace as part of the second forum of the Alliance of Civilizations. The exhibition, titled The Palaces of Alhambra and Topkapi in the Photography of the Journey to the East on the Boundaries of the Same Sea, is jointly organized by the Topkapi Palace Museum, Spanish State International Culture and Promotion Foundation, Istanbul Cervantes Institute, and Alhambra and Generalife Council. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex built by the Moorish rulers of Granada in southern Spain. The Topkapi Palace was located at the center of old Byzantium with a magnificent view of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn. Both palaces, sharing many characteristics of Islamic architecture, have become famous in the world as the most magnificent structures in Islamic art. Aiming to establish a dialogue between the Alhambra and Topkapi palaces, the exhibition invites visitors to see the palaces' courtyards, rooms and decorations amid a magnificent view of Istanbul. It also aims to draw attention to the photography techniques of that period. A total of 126 works including photographs, maps, plans, lithography, travel books, scale models, plaster reproductions and original pieces from the Ottoman period have been brought together for the exhibition.
February 15, 2008 - May, 2009 - Lockport, Illinois
Nobody is sure how long the old maps had been in that forgotten cast iron vault, nothing but twine and luck holding them together. It wasn't until officials delicately unfurled the crumbling relics that the significance of the discovery came to light: a Civil War-era snapshot of Will County, and its movers and shakers, in remarkable detail. The twin 1862 plat maps, which were discovered in a county archive room in 2007, were in such poor shape that restorers needed to carefully combine them, painstakingly dissecting areas of one to fill in holes on the other. The Graphic Conservation Co. of Chicago spent more than six weeks on the effort, including cleaning, matting and framing. But the result is an authentic and stunningly vibrant portrait of a county in a time of war and change.The 4-foot-by-5-foot map is the showcase piece of The Origins of Will County exhibit in Will County Historical Society, 803 South State Street. The exhibit chronicles the lives of the county's early pioneers, business leaders and important figures in the throes of the Industrial Age. The restored map is already creating a buzz in the county's historical community, providing researchers a fascinating glimpse into a world thought lost to history. Already, historians have located three previously unknown Native American reservations on the map. The Ce-Na-Ge-Wine tribe had lived for a time in Wilton Township; the Man-I-To-Qua in Frankfort Township, and a third simply called Raccoon Grove in Monee Township. These tribes, believed to be long extinct, were never mentioned in the county's historical record or shown on previous plat maps. The map not only shows who the major landowners were, it also provides the names and locations for businesses and features hand-engraved etchings of the homes of the county's prominent residents. Museum hours are Tuesday - Sunday, Noon - 4:00pm.
November 7, 2008 - May 2009 - Georgetown, Texas
A display of maps dating back more than three centuries will be open to the public at the Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Avenue. The exhibit is called Charting History: Maps from the Don Martin Collection. It will feature maps dating from 1685 to the mid 1800s and provide a glimpse into the lives of the cartographers who crafted them. For more information call 943-1673.
April 1, 2009 - June 1, 2009 - Amsterdam
Return to Manhattan: 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage is at The Rijksmuseum. The Museum in collaboration with the Dutch archives service Nationaal Archief will exhibit various documents related to the establishment of the Dutch colony New Netherland and the trading post New Amsterdam - which later became New York City - at the beginning of the 17th century. One of the highlights of the exhibition Return to Manhattan (Weerzien met Manhattan) is undoubtedly Nationaal Archief's Schaghenbrief letter from 1626. One of the earliest documents to mention the purchase of Manhattan, the island on which New Netherland was established, the Schaghenbrief letter is not only evidence of the agreement concluded between the local population and the Dutch in 1626, but also of the first children born to the pioneers in the Dutch colony. The exhibition also includes the oldest map to show Manhattan as an island (1614) and the famous cityscape of New Amsterdam by Johannes Vingboons from circa 1665. In addition to these unique historical documents from Nationaal Archief, two 17th-century prints of an indigenous man and woman by Wenceslaus Hollar will be on display, as well as part of the famous Blaeu Atlas from the collection of the Koninklijk Oudheidkundig Genootschap (Royal Antiquarian Society). Henry Hudson's discovery of Manhattan Island 400 years ago, as an explorer working for the Dutch East India Company (VOC), will be celebrated this year.
February 11, 2009 - June 12, 2009 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rhode Island seems to invite superlatives: the first state to promote religious liberty, earliest to industrialize, most densely populated, smallest in area, yet able to boast that it is the state that has been most mapped per square mile. The exhibit Taking the Measure of Rhode Island: A Cartographical Tour examines the cartographical history of Rhode Island from the colonial period to the early 20th century, with examples of boundary surveys, state maps, nautical charts, town plans, city and state atlases, topographical and geological maps, road guides, and bird's eye views. Exhibit can be seen at Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Harvard College Library. Hours 9:00 - 5:00, Monday - Friday. For details contact Joseph Garver 617-495-2417.
March 14, 2009 - June 21, 2009 - Portland, Maine
In honor of the International Polar Year (March 2007 through March 2009), the Portland Museum of Art will present, The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration in American Culture, an exhibition of the story of Arctic exploration during its peak years from 1850 to 1910. Drawn from the collection of the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, the exhibition will feature more than 35 maps, books, prints, and other graphics dedicated to the arctic explorer.
April 28, 2009 - June 29, 2009 - Baton Rouge
Since the dawn of man's existence, we have been gazing toward the heavens in fascination. The Louisiana Art and Science Museum's exhibit Celestial Images: Four Hundred Years of Mapping the Heavens explores man's attempt to describe and depict the heavenly bodies and their movement across the sky. The exhibition is made up of celestial maps dating from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, a time period that is considered the golden age of celestial mapmaking.
June 16, 2009 - July 26, 2009 - Tokyo
Maps of the World and Japan are on display at Thematic Exhibition Room, Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum, 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku. Maps of the world began to be produced from the 15th century, based on explorations and surveys conducted by Europeans when they first began to circumnavigate the globe. Representative of these early efforts in cartography is the Great Map of Ten Thousand Countries, produced in Ming-dynasty China at the beginning of the 17th century by an Italian Jesuit missionary named Matteo Ricci. Maps such as these, drawn by Europeans, were imported to Japan during the turmoil of the war era through to the time of unification in the late 16th century, when Japan was developing a broader world view and opening up to outside nations. These maps played an important role in the spread of geographical knowledge among Japanese people. In the Edo period (1603-1868), when the unrest began to stabilize, local efforts in land measurement and topographical surveying provided the people with a more precise understanding of their homeland, and from this time on, maps of Japan were actively produced. Whilst comprised of only few works, this exhibition marks the first time for a folding screen featuring the Great Map of Ten Thousand Countries, donated to the museum last year, to be displayed to the general public. Other works on display include world maps dating from the Edo period as well as maps of Japan which developed in parallel. The representations of Japan in the maps created by Europeans are especially interesting to note..
June 25, 2009 - July 31, 2009 - Makati City, Philippines
Filipino and Spanish Antique Maps exhibit is at Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenues (Upper Wing Gallery, 4th floor). The exhibit features 40 antique maps from Filipino and Spanish collections. This exhibit is presented by the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, the Philippine Maps Collectors' Society, and the Yuchengco Museum in celebration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 20.
August 7-9, 2009 - Middletown, Rhode Island
The Newport Antiques Show at St. George's School, 372 Purgatory Road, will have an exhibit of early maps from the Newport Historical Society collection.
July 18, 2009 - August 12, 2009 - North Truro, Massachusetts
As part of Truro's Tercentennial Summer, the Highland House Museum, 27 Highland Road, is presenting a range of public programs, exhibits, and theme-based displays aimed at highlighting key aspects of local culture and history. Current features include the recently opened Rare Maps of Truro exhibit.
July 17, 2009 - August 14, 2009 - Lakeway, Texas
The Lakeway Heritage Center, 963 Lohmans Crossing, exhibit Crossroads of Empire: Early printed Maps of the American Southwest features maps from 1512 to 1873. This exhibit will also show the difficulties of map making and how easy it was to incorrectly depict a region. Open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Clsed during noon hour. Phone (512) 608-9533.
March 23, 2009 - August 15, 2009 - Baton Rouge
The exhibit Mariners, Meridians and Monsters: Exploring the History of Maps in Fact and Fiction is displayed in upper Main Gallery of Hill Memorial Library on the Louisiana State University campus. The exhibit, part of LSU Libraries' Special Collections, explores the many different kinds of maps that have been produced from ancient times to the present. Highlights include Abraham Ortelius' 1579 world atlas, Peter Heylin's Cosmographie (1679), early maps of the Pacific and the poles, an 18th-century reproduction of the ancient Roman road map known as the Peutinger Table, archaeological maps from Napoleon's expedition to Egypt and even a map for the blind. There also are sections on humorous maps, maps in fiction and mythology and bird's-eye views. The second half of the exhibition is devoted to maps of Louisiana. Included are Louis Hennepin's 1683 map of North America, the first to name Louisiana; important maps of the Mississippi River, an early Spanish plan of Baton Rouge, manuscript maps of local plantations, and a wide selection of other maps tracing the history of the Civil War, LSU and tourism in the Bayou State. Library hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. When classes are in session, the library is open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. For more information call (225) 578-6547.
June 3, 2009 - August 16, 2009 - Bismarck
An exhibit, Finding North Dakota: 250 Years of Mapping, will be featured at Camp Hancock State Historic Site at 101 West Main Street. This exhibit offers a fascinating look at how explorers and map makers have visualized the place North Dakotans now call home. Eighteenth Century maps of "America" to modern aerial and topographic maps illustrate how changes in technology separate early maps, based on observations, from modern maps, which use satellites to identify geographic features. Maps document land forms and natural resources, trade routes and passageways, soil types and waterways. The oral traditions of Native peoples preserved the names of rivers, buttes, and ancestral villages. The exhibit is in the Bread of Life Church at the site.
June 2, 2009 - August 23, 2009 - New York
For hundreds of years before the old masters, medieval artists explored and tested the medium of drawing, producing whimsical sketches, intriguing graphic treatises, and finished drawings of marvelous refinement. Gathering some 70 works from the 9th to the early 14th century, Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages will be the first exhibition to celebrate the quality and range of drawings from the Middle Ages. Early maps, artists' sketchbooks, and masterfully decorated manuscripts-rarely seen objects borrowed from European and American libraries and museums-will appear alongside related works in ivory, enamel, and stained glass. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue.
June 23, 2009 - August 23, 2009 - Mumbai
Mumbai is accustomed to being soaked by the monsoon. The rains of July 26, 2005, however, flooded the city. Hundreds died and property wasted as parts of Mumbai went under several feet of water for days on end. The exhibition SOAK-Mumbai in an Estuary, at National Gallery of Modern Art, MG Road, sets out to understand Mumbai's `islandness' by considering its duality as coastline and estuary through a communion of maps, graphics, landscape drawings, photographs and type. It begins by recalling the island's vulnerability through an exhibition of photographs and AVs of the July 26, 2005 flooding when people watched the water pile up outside their windows.
Part One of the exhibit is `Coastline', a cartographical expedition through approximately 72 historic maps, sea charts, and views from the 16th century onward. It not only reminds us that colonial maps, with a view to simplify, have conditioned us to view land from above, but it also points out the flaws of such a static perspective. And by showing us Mumbai's inherited aloofness from the mainland before forced reclamation, it reminds us of the aqueous nature of the archipelago.
`Estuary', part two, looks more closely at Mumbai as land sitting at the doorway between river and sea. The Mithi, it points out, is not a river accomodated in Mumbai, but a river that accommodates Mumbai as it sweeps around and under it. "More than just a failure of a drainage system or a failure of planning, this disaster (the July floods) is a failure to visualise a terrain that just beneath the surface, is fluid and dynamic,'' a poster admonishes.
July 24, 2009 - August 28, 2009 - Chichester
West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, might not seem the most likely place to go to see the earliest ever telescopic observations of the moon. But one of the collections that the Record Office administers, on behalf of Lord Egremont, the owner, is the Petworth House Archives. And in the Petworth House Archives are scientific papers of Thomas Harriot (1560-1621), who was one of the principal scientists of his day. His papers are in the Petworth House Archives because he was employed by the 9th Earl of Northumberland, from whom Lord Egremont's family are descended. 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of Harriot's moon observations. The earliest of these is dated 26 July 1609, which proves that Harriot was observing the moon through a telescope months before Galileo, who is usually credited with the first observations. 2009 is also the International Year of Astronomy, and a number of events are being organised for that. At West Sussex Record Office, there will be an exhibition showing not only Harriot's moon maps, but also his observations of sunspots, Jupiter's satellites, and the comet that Halley saw and named on its subsequent appearance.
March 13, 2009 - August 30, 2009 - Florence
Galileo. Images of the universe from Antiquity to the Telescope is at Palazzo Strozzi. The exhibit celebrates 400 years since Galileo's first observations of the night sky. More than 250 objects are on display including drawings and paintings, scientific instruments, star maps, illuminated manuscripts, and ancient artifacts related to astronomy spanning the ages from pre-Greek to modern time.
February 28, 2009 - August 31, 2009 - Washington, Texas
The Star of the Republic Museum exhibits Texas Transformed: Early Maps of Texas in celebration of Texas Independence Day 2009. Included in the exhibit will be the largest map of Texas, on loan from the Texas General Land Office, and measuring approximately eight feet square. The map was drafted in 1879 by Charles W. Pressler, who worked for GLO for 50 years. Also included in the exhibit will be Guillaume de Lisle's "Carte de la Louisiana et du Cours du Misissippi" (1718)--the first map to identify "Tejas" as a place. On loan from the Center for American History at the University of Texas will be Fiorenzo Galli's "Texas" (1826) which has the distinction of being the first printed map to show Texas separately from the rest of the continent. Maps by E.F. Lee (1836), J. Disturnell (1847) and J. DeCordova (1849)--all used extensively by immigrants to Texas - will be on display, as well. Daily museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Star of the Republic Museum, administered by Blinn College, is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, off Highway 105 on F. M. 1155 between Brenham and Navasota. For more information, call (936) 878-2461.
Indefinite to August 2009 - Washington
The Library of Congress presents Maps in Our Lives, an exhibition in recognition of a thirty-year partnership between the Library's Geography and Map Division and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), the nation's primary professional organization dedicated to the nation's surveying and mapping activities. This exhibition explores four constituent professions represented by the ACSM - surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems, and draws on both the Library's historic map collections and the ACSM collection in the Library of Congress. The exhibit is in the foyer of the Geography and Map Division in the basement of the Madison Building, 101 Independence Avenue.
May 28, 2009 - August, 2009 - Whippany, New Jersey
Exhibit of maps at Hanover Town Hall, Route 10 West and Jefferson Road, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. The collection of antique hand-painted color maps belonging to Ken and Cindy Schleifer and will be displayed through August. The exhibit is sponsored by the township's Cultural Arts Committee.
August 19, 2009 - September 3, 2009 - Zurich
The Central Swiss engineer topographer Xaver Imfeld (1853-1909) was the most important Swiss Panorama draftsman, relief artist, cartographer and planners of Bergbahnen of his era. In commemoration of the 100th year of his death, there will be an exhibition Ausstellung Xaver Imfeld: Meister der Alpentopografie [Xaver Imfeld Exhibition: Masters of the Alpine topography] at the ETH Zürich, Campus Science City (Hönggerberg).
April 23, 2009 - September 6, 2009 - London
2009 marks the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. In celebration of this landmark, the historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey will guest-curate the major new exhibition at the British Library, St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, Henry VIII: Man and Monarch. This unique exhibition looks beyond the myths and stereotypes surrounding Henry VIII, to address the inner intellectual journey of Henry's monarchy and re-examine the perceptions of the great Tudor monarch. Among the exhibits will be autographs, maps, objects of decorative art - tapestries and jewelry - and weapons. Books, manuscripts and letters written or annotated by Henry will offer an unprecedented insight into the mind of the king, revealing the driving forces behind his actions, and telling the story of his reign from his own perspective.
June 16, 2009 - September 6, 2009 - Oxford
Compass and Rule: Architecture as Mathematical Practice in England, 1500-1750 is at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science. You can visit it to learn in great scientific and historical detail about the ways in which new geometrical techniques influenced the development of architecture, or to study wonderful drawings by Christopher Wren (and, in a different league altogether, George III), or purely for the pleasure of seeing some charming maps, beautifully made mathematical instruments and fascinating manuscripts of the period.
February 28, 2009 - September 7, 2009 - St. Paul
The Minnesota Historical Society collection includes 19,000 maps and 2,000 volumes of atlases. They date to the late 1500s when the area was labeled "terra incognita" or "unknown lands," said Patrick Coleman, Historical Society printed material curator. The Society will showcase 100 of these maps in its exhibit Minnesota on the Map, at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. The exhibit accompanies the recently published book "Minnesota on the Map: A Historical Atlas."
April 4, 2009 - September 7, 2009 - Philadelphia
The shabby-looking tube of wood and varnished paper diagonally mounted in a case is meant to be the climactic object of Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy, an important exhibition at the Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street. The tube looks as if it was constructed out of the inner part of a huge roll of paper towels, but it is one of two surviving telescopes Galileo used in Florence in the 17th century Also on display are ornately decorated quadrants of enameled brass, metal calipers, arcane charts, minutely inscribed maps, spheres within spheres like compass roses from other worlds, codexes and manuscripts, cylinders, dials, rings, rods and boxes. They are all instruments of exploration and investigation, models of planetary and stellar motion, surveying instruments and mapmaking equipment. Nearly all were made during two centuries of the Italian Renaissance. And as presented here they are the accomplishments of a culture created by the patronage of the Medici dynasty in Florence, rulers whose portraits are on display. These objects come from the Medici's collection, once housed in the Uffizi Gallery not far from the artworks they were meant to complement. Now they are part of the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, which is undergoing renovation and is to reopen in the fall.
May 22, 2009 - September 7, 2009 - Boston
A new exhibit, A World View in Maps, at the State Library of Massachusetts, 24 Beacon Street, highlights original, decorative maps created and published in the 1930s and 1940s by Ernest Dudley Chase, a graphic artist from Winchester. Born in Lowell, Chase (1878-1966) worked for Rust Craft Publishers, which printed greeting cards at its plant in Dedham. Chase was the acknowledged expert in the greeting card business in the United States with publication of his book "The Romance of Greeting Cards" (1926), the first complete history of the greeting card industry. Chase's maps were an extension of his work as a graphic artist for Rust Craft and also reflected an international trend toward pictorial mapmaking. These decorative maps, which experienced resurgence in public popularity after 1913, are a genre in which the cartography is animated with illustrations of buildings, people, and animals. Often including historical references, the maps also frequently depicted airplanes and other modes of transportation. Borrowing from typical Renaissance cartography, Chase and other pictorial mapmakers used embellishments like compass roses, ornate cartouches, and decorative borders. This free exhibit will be on display, Monday-Friday 9 am-5pm, outside the State Library of Massachusetts, Room 341 of the State House.
February 12, 2009 - September 8, 2009 - Ithaca, New York
Darwin's Maps: A Natural Selection of Maps Darwin Used, Drew, Consulted, or Inspired is a display of maps mostly from Cornell University collections and includes many maps pertinent to Darwin. On display in the Olin Library, Level B, in display cases of the Map & Geospatial Information Collection of Cornell University. This exhibit is an accompaniment to the major exhibit "Charles Darwin: After the Origin," operating in the same time period in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collection, Level 2B, at the Carl A. Kroch Library (in the same Olin Library Building). For information, contact (607) 255-7557.
June 8, 2009 - September 8, 2009 - Jakarta
"For anyone committing bad deeds, showing disobedience and disloyalty to the king, then bad luck will fall upon them.," reads text written upon the Kota Kapur inscription at the exhibition Treasures of Sumatra in the National Museum in Central Jakarta. Named after the location it was found - Kota Kapur village in Bangka Island - the message is inscribed in ancient Malay and dates back to the 7th Century, when the great Sriwijaya Kingdom ruled over Sumatra. The inscription also provides important information about Sriwijaya's attempts to conquer the island of Java. Historic inscriptions, maps, manuscripts, statues, Chinese ceramics and sultanate regalia, all originated from the past kingdoms of Sumatra, are on display in the exhibition.
April 14, 2009 - September 20, 2009 - Burlington, Vermont
In celebration of the quadricentennial anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain's travels to the lake that bears his name, the Fleming Museum, 61 Colchester Avenue, is organizing A Beckoning Country: Art and Objects from the Lake Champlain Valley. For thousands of years, Lake Champlain has drawn people to its shores and to the land it nourishes. A Beckoning Country examines the features of the Champlain Valley landscape through the objects and art created from and inspired by them. Organized around a geological and natural history framework -water, earth, flora, and fauna- the exhibition will include both pre- and post-European contact material, such as stone tools, maps, furniture, textiles, and baskets, as well as paintings and drawings that depict and celebrate the region's physical landscape.
July 12, 2009 - September 26, 2009 - Copenhagen
From the earliest times, maps have depicted the Far North in a seamless combination of fact and fiction. This combination is by no means unique to the Arctic - or to maps for that matter. In art as well as in science, meaning springs from the meeting of observation, imagination and ambition. Maps, Myths and Narratives / Cartography of the Far North at the Royal Library shows some of these maps.
April 4, 2009 - September 27, 2009 - New York
Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson, presented in collaboration with the New Netherland Project, Albany, and the National Maritime Museum Amsterdam/Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam, is at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue. It will employ rare 16th- and 17th-century objects, maps, images, and documents from major American and Dutch collections to bring the transatlantic world to life and reveal how Henry Hudson's epic third voyage of exploration planted the seeds of a modern society that took root and flourished in the New World. In 1609, Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, made the first exploration of what is now New York Harbor and of the majestic river that today bears his name, laying the foundation for the Dutch claim on the area. His voyage of discovery led to the creation of the Dutch West India Company and ultimately to the founding of New Netherland, including its trading post at the mouth of the river - New Amsterdam.
August 8, 2009 - September 27, 2009 - Cliffe Ash, Golcar, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
The latest exhibition, Marsden Past, at Colne Valley Museum is from the collection of the Marsden History Group. The group has already delighted visitors with their previous local history displays. Now this fascinating exhibition, at the Cliffe Ash museum in Golcar, in co-operation with the Workers' Educational Association, takes a fresh look at the geological make up of this part of the Colne Valley and how it affected and influenced the social, agricultural and industrial development which has taken place over the last 150 years. Old maps of Marsden trace the growth of human influence on how the township and the surrounding farms and hamlets grew and changed over the centuries.
July 16, 2009 - September 30, 2009 - Copenhagen
Maps show the way and provide knowledge about places and relations . Maps simplify and emphasize by rendering three dimensions into two. The Københavns Bymuseum, Vesterbrogade 59, exhibit Copenhagen As You've Never Seen it Before / Maps of the City shows the development of the city of Copenhagen through maps.
August 10, 2009 - September 30, 2009 - Casper, Wyoming
Fort Caspar Museum has installed a new temporary exhibit in the Multi-Use Room of the museum. The exhibit is a collection of 30 Historic Maps from the Jack Rosenthal Collection, on loan from the Nicolaysen Art Museum. The collection of maps, dating from 1853 to 1921, illustrate the evolution of Wyoming through the pre-territorial years prior to 1868 when the area of that would become Wyoming belonged to the territories of Oregon, Nebraska, Idaho, and Dakota; the years 1868 1890 as the Wyoming Territory; and early statehood from 1890 through the early 20th Century. For information call 307-235-8462.
June 12, 2009 - October 3, 2009 - Oslo
Kompassrosen [The Compass Card] is an exhibition of maps of Norway and the polar region at The National Library of Norway, Henrik Ibsens gate 110. There is an accompanying catalogue "Kompassrosen : orientering mot nord," in Norwegian, that accompanies the exhibition. Open Monday-Friday 09-19; Saturday 09-14.
August 8, 2009 - October 4, 2009 - Loveland, Colorado
In conjunction with the Loveland Art Museum, the Rocky Mountain Map Society will be co-sponsoring an exhibit entitled, Quest - Trail Maps of the American West. It will be in the lower gallery of the museum in downtown Loveland. The exhibit will consist of maps and books with maps, loaned to the museum from the private collections of Rocky Mountain Map Society members. The focus of the exhibit will be maps showing the establishment and development of overland transportation routes to the far west prior to the railroads. In addition to emigrant trails, an emphasis will be placed on the Colorado Gold Rush.
June 8, 2009 - October 9, 2009 - Ann Arbor
2009 is the 250th anniversary of the seven major British military and naval victories of what is called the French and Indian War in the United States. 1759: Britain's Year of Victories does what the University of Michigan's William L. Clements Library, 909 South University Avenue, does virtually alone and always does best: illuminate the past through rarely-seen yet important original documents and artifacts owned by the library. The exhibit, crafted by Brian Leigh Dunnigan, the Clements' head of Reader Services as well as Research and Publications, is built around maps, plans, books and other documents dating from the 1759 conflicts in and around Guadeloupe (the Caribbean), May 1; Niagara (Lake Ontario), July 25; Minden (Westphalia, Germany), August 1; Crown Point (Lake Champlain), August 4; Lagos (off the coast of Portugal), August 19; Quebec (Canada), September 13 and 18; and Quiberon (off the coast of France near St. Nazaire), November 20. Among the exhibit's many highlights is Jean Palairet's particularly handsome 1756 "Carte des possessions Angloises & Francoises du continent de l'Amerique Septentrionale," published in London in 1756, identifying "the British colonies in yellow and disputed lands in red with a British estimation of the legitimate extent of the French colonies of Canada and Louisiana in shades of green." Exhibit hours are 1-4:45 p.m., Monday-Friday. For information, call 734-764-2347.
May 8, 2009 - October 10, 2009- Brussels
Le Grand Atlas de Ferraris, the first atlas of Belgium, is on display at Palais de Charles de Lorraine, Wednesday and Saturday, from 13.00 to 17.00.
until October 10, 2009 - Pasig City, Philippines
Coordinates, a collection of the Lopez Memorial Museum's old and rare maps including a 1734 Murillo Velarde map of the Philippines. You would appreciate the exploration of the Philippine islands through the visual development of our country's map in time. There was even a map where the Palawan islands was classified differently (by color) as part of Borneo and not of the Philippines.
July 15, 2009 - October 11, 2009 - Lisbon
Two years ago, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC put together a special exhibition called Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries. It explained "how Portugal brought the world together" during the Age of Discovery and its pioneering role in global trade. The items displayed were loaned from museums around the world, and included maps, sculptures, and paintings. It will now be shown in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Rua das Janelas Verdes, Lapa. Additionally you can also see some additional Portuguese treasures not shown in the previous exhibitions. It's being called Lisbon's most important exhibition in 2009, with a total of 180 pieces from 95 foreign collections, including those of the Louvre in Paris, Viena's Albertina, Berlin's Staatliche Museen, London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Library. The additional Portuguese works are those that are not allowed to ever leave the country, including Japanese screens showing the Portuguese arriving in Japan, and the Monstrance of Belem adorned with priceless gems.More than explaining Portugal's role in the first global empire, this exhibition also shows the influences of European culture around the world and vice versa due to commercial, cultural, and scientific exchanges. Debates and special gastronomic events are also being planned, with everything costing around three million euros, a price worth paying for such a rich exhibition which will bring improvements to the Ancient Art Museum in the future. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10AM-6PM; Tues. 2PM-6PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesday mornings. Telephone (351) 21 391 28 00.
May 20, 2009 - October 12, 2009 - New York
Through the use of virtual technology, the Museum of the City of New York, located at 1220 Fifth Ave., will take visitors back to the Manhattan of 400 years ago, in the new cutting edge exhibition Mannahatta/ Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City. This installation will offer a rare vision of the present-day metropolitan area and its natural history by using the latest techniques in computational geography and visualization to simulate the wilderness that thrived for many centuries, before 400 years of building transformed the area. Visitors will learn about the animals, meandering streams and other natural phenomenon, as well as the native people that populated the densely forested island, which was known as Mannahatta prior to the arrival of Europeans. The exhibit includes digital recreations and other forms of multimedia, as well as historical artifacts, maps, paintings, drawings and more.
September 11, 2009 -October 12, 2009 - Victoria, Gozo, Malta
An exhibition, Early Miniature Maps of Malta, is being held at The Gozo Ministry, St. Francis Square, Victoria. On display are maps of Malta including those by Munster, Ortelius, Du Val ,Porro, Porcacchi and many others. A special exhibition catalogue prepared by the renowned collector and expert Dr. Albert Ganado will be available from the exhibition.
May 22, 2009 - October 18, 2009 - Blue Mountain Lake, New York
A 'Wild, Unsettled Country': Early Reflections of the Adirondacks is on display at the Adirondack Museum. Maps, paintings, prints, and photographs illustrate the untamed Adirondack wilderness discovered by early cartographers, artists, and photographers. A dozen rare and significant maps from the collection of the museum's research library demonstrate the growth of knowledge about the Adirondacks. These include the "1704 Edition of Lahontan's Voyages" by the Baron Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce Lahontan and the "Chronological Map of the Province of New York in North America Divided into Counties, Manors, and Townships . . . ," by Claude Joseph Sauthier, 1779. Open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 14, 2009 - October 18, 2009 - Copenhagen
The private library of the Danish Royal Family is home to one of Denmark's important collection of old maps This collection numbers approximately 11,000 items from the mid-17th to the first decade of the 20th century. However, despite the high quality of the collection it has remained virtually unknown territory to all but a few specialists. It is gratifying to be able for the first time to present a substantial sample of the collection of royal maps. Mapping the Kingdom / an Exhibition of Maps from the Queen's Reference Library can be viewed in H.M. Dronningens Handbibliotek, Christian VIII's Palæ, Amalienborg Palace. A catalogue in Danish and English accompanies the exhibit.
July 25, 2009 - October 18, 2009 - Nottingham, Derbyshire
Picturing Britain: Paul Sandby is a major exhibition of the work of the artist and topographical draughtsman Paul Sandby (1731-1809). Commemorating the bicentenary of his death, this is the first exhibition devoted to this pioneering figure in the development of British landscape painting and topographical drawing. Sandby was appointed chief draughtsman to the Roy Military Survey in 1747. Although he was an artist well-versed in continental traditions, his early employment as a map-maker and topographical draughtsman led him to produce carefully observed and composed views of the native British landscape, including scenes taken in and around London, or on extensive tours through England, Wales and Scotland. The exhibition features works lent by the Royal Collection, National Library of Scotland, Yale Centre for British Art, and the British Museum. The exhibition opens in Nottingham (where Sandby was born) at the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibit moves to the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh: 7 November 2009 - 7 February 2010; and finally the Royal Academy of Arts, London: 13 March 2010 - 13 June 2010. A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
May 6, 2009 - October 23, 2009 - Middlebury, Vermont
Samuel de Champlain was not only known as the founder of New France, he was also a skilled cartographer. In recognition of the Champlain Quadricentennial, the Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park Street, has an exhibit Mapping Champlain's New World. This exhibit features a stunning private collection of maps chronicling the evolution of the Lake Champlain region, Vermont and the United States from 1640 to 1911. Visitors will see how successive layers of land acquisition and use were made manifest as mapmakers depicted European conquest and settlement. Maps express the cultural, economic and political ideals of their makers and of the audiences for which they were made. The exhibit will encourage the public to think critically about the meanings of the maps they see every day.
September 8, 2009 - October 24, 2009 - Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Mapping the World, 1579-1889 is an exhibition of maps and atlases from the collection of Leigh Lockwood. The exhibition is at the Lawrenceville School's Gruss Center of Visual Arts. The Gruss Center is open to the public, free of charge; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visitors are also welcome on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. The collection is comprised of more than 50 maps and atlases covering almost 300 years of cartography, along with maps printed on silk or rayon and carried by pilots during World War II and the Cold War. Some exhibit highlights also include an 1889 map, prepared for a report to the Smithsonian Institute, illustrating the extermination of the American Bison. Accompanied by a 175-page report, the map traces the systematic destruction of bison herds, of which barely 800 bison were known to exist at the time of the map's publication. Additionally on display are maps by Bowen and Ortelius. For additional exhibit information, please contact the Gruss Center of Visual Arts at (609) 620-6026.
September 24, 2009 - October 25, 2009 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Germaniae Parerga, featuring historical German maps from the collections of Thomas Niewodniczanski and Joachim Neumann, is on display at Stadtmuseum Karlsruhe im Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlstr. 10.
October 19-31, 2009 - San Bernardino, California
A collection of Ottoman-era maps from the great Ottoman Turkish cartographers of the 16th and 17th centuries -- Admiral Pîrî Reis and scholar Kâtip Çelebi -- is on display at Anthropology Museum in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, SB-307, California State University, San Bernardino. The show is a tribute to Kâtip Çelebi, the well-known 17th century historian, geographer and bibliographer, on the 400th anniversary of his birth. The Ottomans' Worldview: from Pîrî Reis to Kâtip Çelebi includes detailed maps from the two prominent men who made some of the most important contributions to Ottoman geography and cartography together. The show also features maps from other geographers of the 16th and 17th centuries as well as maps of Ottoman territories from various European geographers of the time.
May 18, 2009 - November 1, 2009 - Washington
Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings, the International Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 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. The Smithsonian's International Gallery, located in the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall at 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W.
April 24, 2009 - November 8, 2009 - Vienna
The Austrian National Library exhibit Annäherung an die Ferne [Rapprochement with Far Distant Places] features geographic treasures from the National Library. The exhibition is based on the Blaeu Atlas Maior with some examples coming from the Blaeu - Van der Hem Atlas, the only existing copy of which is held by this Library. Exhibit can be seen in Ceremonial Hall, Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1.
May 29, 2009 - November 15, 2009 - San Francisco
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, 654 Mission Street, will show Agents of Change: Civic Idealism and the Making of San Francisco. Through compelling content spanning a variety of media--historical maps, photographs, recorded interviews and an interactive multimedia installation--this major exhibition examines the history of citymaking in San Francisco, and challenges visitors to consider today's urban issues in light of their own values.
October 1, 2009 - November 20, 2009 - Danville, California
An exhibit, Indian Life, about the Indians of the San Ramon Valley features Indian Resources. Included are tools, maps, and clothing. Exhibit is in the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, located at the corner of Railroad and Prospect Avenues. Open Tuesday to Friday 1 to 4, Saturday 10 to 1.
July 3, 2009 - November 28, 2009 - Liverpool
The exhibition, Making Plans: 100 years of Civic Design, charts the origins, history and impact of the Department of Civic Design at the University of Liverpool, which was the world's first department for the study of town planning. The exhibition comprises historic materials including portraits, photographs, maps and plans of notable developments in Liverpool, London and other parts of the country. The exhibit can be seen at the University's Victoria Gallery & Museum.
November 16-28, 2009 - Kimberley, Nottingham
For decades, the threat of the Cold War hung over the Western world. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union 18 years ago came the end of one of the 20th century's most tense political conflicts. Historian Roger Grimes has now, however, found out more about just what went on behind the Iron Curtain. Mr Grimes, 66, of Kimberley, has compiled a collection of former Soviet military maps, which for the first time make public details of Soviet Cold War target sites across Nottingham. The maps been discovered in Latvia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and now are on display at Kimberley Library, Main Street. For more information, call the library on 0115 938 2322.
August 30, 2009 - November 29, 2009 - Columbus, Georgia
Drawing on the rich holdings of the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama, X Marks the Spot: Our Region in Five Centuries of Maps, at The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, will feature a selection of maps that chart the development of the Chattahoochee Valley over the course of five centuries. On display will be maps from Hoole as well as the Columbus Museum's growing collection, ranging from a rare 1593 depiction of North America to an oversized 20th-century rendering of Muscogee County. The Hoole Library contains one of the strongest and largest collections of maps of the southeastern United States, many of which portray areas of Georgia and Alabama in significant detail. In addition to highlighting the art of the mapmaker, this exhibition will chronicle the transition of this area from Native American population center to our modern environment.
June 24, 2009 - November 30, 2009 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gleams of a Remoter World: Mapping the European Alps explores how European cartographers over the centuries have responded to the challenge of mapping the Alps. It surveys the range of techniques employed to represent mountains in graphic form: from the stylized hill profiles of Renaissance maps to recent topographic maps that combine contours, hill shading, rock drawing, and landscape tints to create a naturalistic, three-dimensional impression of the terrain. The exhibit looks at a variety of cartographic genres, including maps celebrating military conquest, panoramic views for tourists, guides for hikers and skiers, national surveys, and transportation maps. Exhibit can be seen at Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library, Harvard College Library. Hours 9:00 - 5:00, Monday - Friday. For details contact Joseph Garver 617-495-2417.
November 19, 2009 - December 4, 2009 - Merced, California
The city of Merced said the first floor gallery of the Merced Civic Center is filled with maps of crime incidents, maps of park locations and aerial maps showing how Merced has changed from 1999 through 2008. All of them are part of a display to celebrate Geography Awareness Week and to illustrate that maps have many more uses than just showing how to get from here to there. The gallery features maps from numerous city and Merced County departments and other agencies in Merced County. Its open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during regular business days. It also is open when the City Council and other agencies have night meetings. The Merced Civic Center is located at 678 W. 18th St. For more information on the Map Gallery, contact RuthAnne Harbison at (209) 385-5789.
December 7-11, 2009 - Paris
An exhibition organized within the scope of 400th anniversary of Katip Celebi's birth was opened at UNESCO hall in French capital of Paris. The exhibition The Ottomans' Worldview: from Piri Reis to Katip Celebi, organized by the Istanbul-based Bahcesehir University Civilization Studies Center (MEDAM), includes detailed maps from the two prominent men who made some of the most important contributions to Ottoman geography and cartography together with works from other geographers from the same era. The show is a tribute to Katip Celebi, the well-known 17th century historian, geographer and bibliographer, on the 400th anniversary of his birth, which is being marked across Turkey throughout the year as part of the 2009 Year of Katip Celebi announced by the Turkish commission of UNESCO.
October 15, 2009 - December 15, 2009 - Forsyth, Missouri
The journey of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark across the Missouri region is told in maps and materials on display at the White River Valley Historical Society Museum, 297 Main Street. The exhibit is loaned to the Historical Society by the Missouri State Archives. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
October 15, 2009 - December 19, 2009 - Pessac, France
Of the 156 views and plans of Bordeaux reported so far in a dozen archives, most are kept in municipal archives Représenter Bordeaux aims to present "cartographic imagination" of Bordeaux through the selection of thirty pieces from this group. The exhibition is at Archéopôle d'Aquitaine, Université Michel de Montaigne, Domaine Universitaire; Tel: +33 (0) 557 12 44 44 Fax: +33 (0) 557 12 44 90.
June 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009 - Savannah
Mapping the Past: A Selection of Antique Cartography from the Newton Collection, lst Floor Map Galleries. Newton Center for British-American Studies, Savannah College of Art and Design, 227 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (2 doors north of the Savannah Visitors Center). Open to the public free of charge Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm. After Sep. 1, the Museum will be open Sunday 1-5pm. Maps depicting North America, Great Britain, Georgia, and the world are on view in the Newton Center's three map galleries. Highlights include 1597 maps from the earliest atlas of the Americas, 1776 military maps, and other 18th- and 19th-century maps, many of them hand colored. Cartographers include Wytfliet, Hondius, Monath, Lotter, d'Anville, Faden, Lodge, Cary, and Wyld. For further information or to arrange group tours, Maureen Burke, Ph.D., Exec. Museum Director, Newton Center Museum; call (912) 525-7191.
March 22, 2009 - December 2009 - Jerusalem
A new exhibition, Echoes of Egypt, is at the Bible Lands Museum, 25 Granot Street. The exhibit celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Israel-Egypt Peace Agreement. It includes photographs, lithographs and prints from 19th-century Egypt, as well as maps that date back to the 16th century.
September 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009 - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Maps in the Old World were very important. They were so important that they were highly guarded and rarely folded. A ship's captain was likely to destroy navigation maps, rather than to let them fall into the hands of enemies or competitors. Such maps are part of the Turkish Maps exhibit at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 3039 Piqua Ave. 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.
September 4, 2009 - December 31, 2009 - Kansas City
The Missouri Valley Special Collections Department of the Kansas City Public Library presents the new, original exhibit Keys to the City: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Kansas City, Missouri, 1895-1957 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Urban and industrial growth in Kansas City during the 1860s made fire disasters a real possibility, and fire insurance companies formed to protect businesses and homeowners from catastrophic financial losses. In 1866, D.A. Sanborn founded a company that created maps to help insurance companies evaluate fire risks. Though Sanborn died in 1883, his company went on to make detailed and accurate maps of the Kansas City area beginning in 1895-1896. Using the Sanborn maps, today's historians, genealogists, and environmentalists can discover how Kansas City developed over time from a small city to a booming metropolis. This local history exhibit showcases four Kansas City neighborhoods as they stood at different points in the first half of the 20th century. A variety of postcards, photographs, and advertisements complement the Sanborn maps and shed light on the history of Kansas City families, leisure, business, and industry.