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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.
October 16, 2013 – February 28, 2014 – Cambridge,
Harvard's Pusey Library, Map Gallery Hall, has the exhibit Not So True North: Early Mapping of the Arctic. Jeremy Pool, former president of the Boston Map Society, is the guest curator. The exhibit explores over 400 years of mapping the arctic. Beginning in the late 15th century, a time when the polar areas were completely unexplored and cartographers filled the arctic regions on their maps with theory or fantasy, the exhibit proceeds to show how exploration and commercial activity (particularly whaling) fed information back to the map-making centers of Europe and gradually, though often in fits and starts, transformed our geographic understanding of the far north.
October 8, 2013 – March 2, 2014 – Jerusalem
Mapping the Holy Land II, Cartographic Treasures from the Trevor and Susan Chinn Collection is on display in the Kay Merrill Hillman Gallery, Israel Museum. The exhibit is curated by Ariel Tishby. The centerpiece of this display is Bernhard von Breydenbach’s seminal 1486 map of the Holy Land. One of the first printed maps, it was created from three woodblocks by the Dutch artist Erhard Reuwich.
December 14, 2013 – March 2, 2014 – Bern
Biwak#08. Tierra incógnita. Robert Helblings Kartenschatz aus Argentinien can be seen at the Swiss Alpine Museum, Helvetiaplatz 4.
November 7, 2013 - March 10, 2014 – Canberra
From the world’s great maps collections come the charts that inspired the European idea of Australia, from ancient and medieval notions of a great south land to Matthew Flinders’ 1814 map of the continent. Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia brings together over 100 spectacular maps, atlases, globes and scientific instruments from the National Library of Australia and Australian and international lenders, including the British Library, the National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Vatican Library, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition can be seen at National Library of Australia located on Parkes Place, in Canberra's Parliamentary triangle. The exhibit coincides with both the centenary of Canberra in 2013 and the bicentenary of Flinders’ chart in 2014. A celebration of some of the world’s most significant discoveries, Mapping Our World is also a re-evaluation of Australia’s mapping past, with unique works by the most eminent names in the history of cartography including Ptolemy, Gerard Mercator, the Blaeu family, Abraham Ortelius, Vincenzo Coronelli, Louis de Freycinet, James Cook and Matthew Flinders.
November 8, 2013 - March 10, 2014 – Boston
Boston was the metropolis of England’s North American colonies, with the largest population and economy of any urban center through the 1750s. It was also the leading producer of printed maps, including major colonial “firsts” such as the first printed map, first city map, first battle plan, and first map engraved on copper. Made in Boston, at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, brings together, for the first time, a majority of these maps made in Boston in the century before the American Revolution. As a group they are remarkable for their idiosyncrasies of style and important contributions to geographical knowledge. These maps reflect distinct concerns of New Englanders in general and Bostonians in particular: Pride in their fine city, the hazards of navigating the New England coast, conflict and collaboration with the native inhabitants, and the French for mastery of North America, and landownership concerns. This exhibition affords a unique perspective on the ambitions, anxieties and sense of identity that animated colonial Bostonians. Michael Buehler, owner Boston Rare Maps, is the guest curator.
October 22, 2013 - March 22, 2014 – London
SOAS, University of London marks the bicentenary of the birth of the missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone, with an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square. The show will bring together, for the first time, rarely seen letters, photographs, maps and artefacts, including a set of surgical instruments thought to have belonged to this iconic figure. SOAS will stage the exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery of the Brunei Gallery as part of the Livingstone 200 events taking place in the UK, Zambia and Malawi.
January 22, 2014 - March 22, 2014 - Nanaimo, British
Nanaimo Museum's new exhibit will showcase the bare bones of Nanaimo in the city's earliest days. Navigating Nanaimo: Maps and Charts of the Harbour City will delve deep into some of the earliest charts, maps and measurements of Nanaimo, providing observers with a close-up look at how the city was planned and mapped in its earliest days. The exhibit will feature early plans of the city, harbour charts and a look at the underground network of mines throughout the city. The latter is provided by a 26 foot long map stretching from the former Southfield No. 2 Mine, near to where existing regional landfill is now, all the way to Brechin Point. This exhibit will mark only the third time the map has been displayed. The exhibit will also include a chart of the city's harbour complied by George H. Richards, a Royal Navy officer who conducted a survey of the Vancouver Island coast beginning in 1860.
September 14, 2013 - March 30, 2014 - Halifax, Nova
Henry VII is the first monarch of record with a documented interest in the area now known as Nova Scotia. Prints of Henry Tudor and the twenty-two monarchs who have followed him accompany prints, drawings, eight maps, and sculpture that reflect their connections to Nova Scotia and its people in the exhibition The Royal Province of Nova Scotia and the Crown. Exhibition can be seen at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax, 1723 Hollis Street.
October 5, 2013 - March 31, 2014 – Luxembourg
The temporary exhibition Genie und Festung can be seen at Musée Dräi Eechelen. The exhibit is conducted in cooperation with the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage. It shows sixty plans from the Berlin State Library, which are among the most important kept abroad together. Accompanied by a multimedia presentation, 3D animation and film, the exhibition highlights the implementation, digitization and the importance of these plans in the history of Luxembourg.