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April 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014 - Winterthur,
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library is proud to present Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience. This exhibition traces the American rise of the “material map” as a popular object - from rare decorative item to industrial consumer good - and illustrates how maps affected men, women, and children. Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life in Delaware. The 60-acre naturalistic garden, set amid the 1,000-acre estate, is among the country’s best. The outstanding research library serves scholars from all corners of the world. We invite you to visit and explore this fascinating exhibition in the Winterthur Galleries. For further information, call 800.448.3883 or go to web page.
October 4, 2013 - January 5, 2014 - New York
Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity can be seen at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, 15 East 84th Street. The exhibit will explore the ways in which ancient Greek and Roman societies understood, perceived, and visualized both the known and the unknown areas of their world. It brings together more than forty objects, combining ancient artifacts with Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and printed books that draw upon ancient geographic treatises. Together, they provide a fascinating overview of Greco-Roman theories of the shape and size of the Earth, ancient methods of surveying and measuring land, and the ways in which geography was used in Roman political propaganda. An interactive multimedia gallery and website will showcase the use of modern technologies in studying ancient geography.
October 17, 2013 - January 5, 2014 – Paris
An exhibition under the theme Oman et la Mer [Oman and the Sea] will be held in the National French Maritime Museum, 17 place du Trocadéro. The exhibition will feature the works of Admiral Francio Edmond Paris, the historic French naval expert and voyager, who visited Oman in 1838, and drew plans and sketches of traditional Omani boats. The exhibit will showcase a range of items from scientific objects to beautiful models of boast, from antique and historical artefacts to original maps and charts which have never been shown in Paris. The exhibition is aimed at school children and the general public having special interest in Oman and the Indian Ocean. It will be accompanied by a series of lectures and there will be an interactive area for children within the gallery. The exhibition will have different sections including introduction, maps and illustrations, first navigators, traditional construction, art of navigation, ocean commerce, navigating into the future and discovery area. The expo will be supported by a catalogue book, a documentary on DVD and a special website.
October 29, 2013 - January 5, 2014 - St. Augustine,
Some things never change. The human race has always enjoyed embellishment and fantasy, even in the 16th century. When European explorers landed in the New World, they not only found unspoiled lands with abundant resources, but they also encountered people with a different culture and way of life. This information of the new people made its way back to Europe in both the written word and illustrations, but the news was not always accurate. The New World in the Eyes of Explorers exhibition features how the New World was originally portrayed to the Old World. The exhibition, on loan from The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Fla., includes 70 objects such as framed original watercolors, prints, maps and engravings of various sizes as well as authentic conquistador artifacts. Items can be seen from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily in the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive. Many of the illustrations created during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries included incredible creatures and wild people living on vast land overflowing with unlimited riches. These illustrations, several created by Jacques le Moyne and John White, satisfied the Europeans who craved fantasy and exaggeration.
August 17, 2013 - January 6, 2014 - San Marino, California
A first-of-its-kind exhibition documenting the life of the Franciscan missionary who founded California’s mission system and the missions’ impact on California Indians and culture is at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road. The exhibition, Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions, is unprecedented in its examination of the spiritual and intellectual influences on Junípero Serra’s life that led to his founding of the mission system in California; the transition for thousands of Indians from village to mission life and their responses to it; romantic notions of California born amid myrid myths of mission life; and responses of contemporary Indians, in art and recorded interviews, to the experience. The exhibition features religious art, diaries and Bibles, letters, maps and reliquaries that provide the context for Serra’s early years as a Franciscan priest, his deployment to Mexico as missionary and agent of the Spanish Inquisition, and the work that occupied his final years: establishing the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in Alta California.
November 12, 2012 – January 11, 2014 –
The Library of Congress exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will feature more than 200 unique items that reveal the complexity of the Civil War through those who experienced it first-hand. Through diaries, letters, maps, song sheets, newspapers and broadsides, photographs, drawings and unusual artifacts, the exhibition will chronicle the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861-1865. Many of the exhibition items have never before been on public view. The Civil War in America will be free and open to the public, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in the Southwest Exhibition Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E.
April 27, 2013 - January 25, 2014 - King’s Lynn,
Lynn is being put on the map with Lynn Museum’s latest exhibition, King’s Lynn on the Map, which takes a look at the changes to the town over the years through a selection of photographs, maps, paintings and models. On display are examples of maps dating from the 18th and 19th centuries together with a drawn copy of the earliest map showing Lynn in 1588. The maps show the growth and changes seen by the town over the centuries, including the improving work of the Paving Commissioners in the early 19th century when the typical brown-brick buildings with rounded corners of much of the old town were put in place. Also on display is a pubs map, marking places licensed to sell alcohol from 1892, designed to make a political point and discourage consumption of wine beer and spirits. A copy of a Goad plan from 1975 is a different sort of map showing all the shops and other businesses in the town centre at the time and will be reminiscent of the period for many local people. Museum is open open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
September 19, 2013 - February 2, 2014 – Durham
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2001 Campus Drive, will host an exhibit entitled Lines of Control. The exhibit focuses on the meaning of borders and part of the exhibit is called Defining Lines: Cartography in the Age of Empire, and features presentations on the cartography of borders from Duke University undergraduate students in the BorderWork(s) Lab.
October 2, 2013 - February 2, 2014 – Madrid
The exhibition The exploration of the Pacific: 500 years of History commemorates the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Vasco Nunez de Balboa to the Pacific Ocean. It is a joint project of the Casa de América and the Museo Naval. Over 170 items will be on display including compasses, maps, charts, and models. The exhibit can be seen in Frida Kahlo y Diego Rivera Hall, Casa de América. Enter at Marqués del Duero, nº 2. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 to 20.00. Sundays from 11.00 to 15.00.
October 29, 2013 – February 2, 2014 – Moncton, New
A new exhibit at l’Universite de Moncton will give local residents and visitors alike a glimpse into the lives of the first settlers at Louisbourg. Titled The Most Suitable Place: The Founding of Louisbourg and Île Royale in 1713, the exhibit coincides with the 300th anniversary of the founding of Louisbourg, a milestone which is being marked this year at the Fortress of Louisbourg. Maps of the region from the Beaton Institute’s collection line the walls of the gallery and date from 1565 to 1765.
December 7, 2013 – February 2, 2014 - St. Gallen,
St.Gallen à la carte - Alte Karten und Pläne fürs neue Jahr is an exhibition of maps and plans of St. Gallen which can be seen in the State Archives of St. Gallen, Kulturraum am Klosterplatz, Klosterhof 1.
February 6-14, 2014 - Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
For the first time, a unique collection of centuries-old cartographic material, rare maps and history is in spotlight at the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies during the fourth Sharjah Light Festival that is simultaneously taking place in 12 locations. Located by the main entrance to University City, the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies is a magnificent cornerstone providing researchers with integrated and comprehensive historical and geographical information tracing the development, history and heritage of life in the Arabian Gulf. The centre contains a number of exhibits that come directly from His Highness’s private collection; original and historical collector’s maps, the very first images of the region and rare coins with special relevance to the Gulf.
November 16, 2013 - February 16, 2014 – Munich
Philipp Apian at the age of 23, 250 years ago, gets the job of his life at the behest of Duke Albrecht V. He is do the first survey and mapping of the whole duchy of Bavaria. Nine years of work resulted in the production of a 5x5 meter map, approximately 1:45,000, of Bavaria. This map, plus later maps showing the surveying and cartographic development of Bavaria, can be seen in the exhibition Die Vermessung Bayerns – 450 Jahre Philipp Apians Große Karte [The measurement of Bavaria - 450 years Philipp Apian large map] at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Ludwigstr. 16.
September 7, 2013 - February 24, 2014 - Trenton, New Jersey
In an age of GPS, smartphones and Google Earth, some people see paper maps as useless tools of a bygone era. To Nicholas Ciotola, curator of cultural history at the New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State St., old maps still hold value as ideal artifacts for exploring New Jersey history. The State Museum’s newest exhibition, Where in the World Is New Jersey? Historical Maps of the Garden State, presents visitors with stories of New Jersey’s social, economic and political history — as well as the state’s seminal role in the history of American transportation — by using the visual splendor of some of the Garden State’s most important historic maps. Where in the World Is New Jersey? Historical Maps of the Garden State is composed of nearly 100 maps depicting the colony and state of New Jersey from 1635 through 1950.
January 11, 2014 - February 25, 2014 - Freshwater Bay, Isle of
World War One saw photo-reconnaissance come of age. For the first time photographs were taken from immediately above the field of battle and behind enemy lines, giving commanders in the field a unique and accurate picture of terrain and enemy dispositions as they planned their operations. The exhibition Aerial Reconnaissance & the First World War includes examples of cameras and original photographs and maps showing how they were used by soldiers planning their activities. Most have been loaned by descendents currently resident on the Isle of Wight. The exhibit can be seen at Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Terrace Lane.
September 24, 2013 - February 27, 2014 - Portland, Maine
A new exhibition at the Osher Map Library gives visitors an idea of the challenges that early cartographers faced when creating maps of the world before the world had been fully discovered. To the Ends of the Earth and Back begins with the mere concepts of the polar regions, and ends with photos of the South Pole taken when explorers finally reached it early in the 20th century. The exhibition, made up of images on loan from the Jay I. Kislak Polar Collection in Miami Lakes, Fla., offers lessons in science, exploration and, perhaps memorably, the human spirit. With more than 80 maps, charts, books, photographs and other artifacts, To the Ends of the Earth presents a history of the polar regions and the centuries-old quest to map, find and conquer them. The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. It occupies the three-story building at the corner of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street.