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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.
February 20, 2014 - April 6, 2014 - Worcester,
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, O’Kane Hall, 1st Floor, 1 College Street, will present Global Encounters in Early America. The exhibition is curated by Patricia Johnston, the Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts, with Holy Cross curatorial seminar students Brigit Baines ‘16, Katherine Benjamin ‘15, Caroline Fador ‘14, Abigail Hynes-Houston ‘14, Gregory Joyce ‘14, Maddie Klett ‘14 and Lily Meehan ‘14. Global Encounters in Early America explores the global visual culture that circulated in early America before 1840. The exhibition asks: what did early Americans know about the rest of the world, and how did interactions with other cultures make an impact on American arts? The primary focus of the exhibition is the emergence of direct trade with China and the rest of Asia after the American Revolution. The exhibition includes maps, atlases, engravings, and book illustrations drawn from the unparalleled collection of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass. These visual forms instructed the newly emerging American mercantile class in geographic, cultural, economic, and aesthetic knowledge.
March 1, 2014 - April 12, 2014 - Crawfordsville,
Indiana Through the Map Maker’s Eye is an exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, 222 S Washington St; and is on loan from the Indiana Historical Society. This exhibition, drawn from maps and atlases of Indiana and the Midwest dating from 1577 to the present, examines four ways people have used maps through the years, including documentation, tools, political images, and art. From the beginning of the mapping of the Indiana region, map makers were concerned with documenting the land. Maps showed the expansion of European settlement, with a simultaneous decrease in the presence of Native Americans. Also maps documented legal boundary lines in the region, state, and individual counties, and showed increasingly complex road, canal, and railroad networks. Some of the maps displayed in the exhibition include: an 1833 tourist’s Indiana pocket map; a 1913 Sanborn Company fire insurance map for Bloomington; Thomas Kitchin’s 1747 map of French settlements in North America; an 1881 bird’s-eye view of Mount Vernon, Indiana.; and a circa 1880 scale-model map of the University of Notre Dame.
September 21, 2013 – April 13, 2014 - Tampa,
Charting the Land of Flowers: 50 Years of Florida Maps is the title of both the exhibition and catalogue being produced by and displayed at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street. They tell the story of exploration, settlement and growth of Florida and the significant role it played in our nation's history. The publication of the catalogue and opening of the exhibition will coincide with the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's arrival in, and the naming of, Florida in 1513. In addition to the 150 maps, dating from the 1500s to the present, included in the primary exhibition and its catalogue; there will be a "secondary" exhibition of 75 or more other (and generally more casual or more contemporary) maps in another area within the History Center.
January 31, 2014 - April 13, 2014 - Chapel Hill, North
“The New Found Land”: Engravings by Theodor de Bry from the Collection of Michael N. Joyner - This exhibition at the Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia Street, highlights prints made by the Franco-Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) to illustrate the 1590 edition of "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia" by Thomas Harriot. Divided into three sections, “The New Found Land” includes portraits, maps, and other materials related to the so-called “Age of Exploration” 400 years ago; the illustrations for Harriot’s book; and a selection of Native American artifacts from societies close in time, place, or lifeway to those encountered by the Roanoke settlers, thereby balancing the European (and Europeanizing) view with examples of indigenous cultural production. Over 40 compelling engravings, some hand-colored and from various editions of the book, will be supplemented in the exhibition by related materials from two other University collections: the North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library and the North Carolina Archaeological Collection in the Research Laboratories of Archaeology.
March 16, 2013 – April 19, 2014 - Lexington,
What is a map? Maps are data; layers of text, images and symbols that represent a place at a certain time. Maps can help us find our way, imagine far away places or understand political and geographical relationships. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, founded in 1975, counted historic maps among its first acquisitions. The 40 maps and related objects presented in a new exhibition, Journeys and Discoveries: The Stories Maps Tell draw on the Museum’s outstanding holdings in that area. The exhibition is divided in to five sections, and explores the world of maps from the work of the cartographer to how students have learned from maps, how travelers used maps for real and imagined journeys, and how politicians and merchants employed maps to further their quests for power and influence. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and programs on a wide variety of topics in American history and popular culture. The Museum is supported by the Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States. The Museum is located at 33 Marrett Road at the corner of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free. For further information contact the Museum at (781) 861-6559.
March 30, 2014 - April 30, 2014 – Fresno, California
The Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State in cooperation with the Gomidas Institute (London), and the Leon S. Peters Foundation present Remembering the Armenians of Bitlis, an exhibit on the second floor of the Henry Madden Library, 5200 N. Barton Ave. The exhibit highlights rare photos, documents, and maps from the Bitlis area.
April 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014 - La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla has an exhibition The Cartes of Jacinto 'Jo' Mora. The exhibit will feature 14 cartes--Mora's name (and the French word) for his stunning pictorgraphic maps. In additon to the five maps in the Museums' permanent exhibition, 9 other maps will be on display including the sketch map for the never-comlpleted "Santa Catalina" map and the very rare "butcher paper" version of the Los Angeles map. Other artifacts from this modern-day Renaissance cartographers' work wil be on view as well. The Museum is at 7825 Fay Ave Suite LL-A, and is open Wednesdays & Thursdays; 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 11 AM to 4 PM; also by appointment (toll free) 855-653-6277. Admission is free.
June 12, 2013 – May 4, 2014 – Montreal
The Stewart Museum presents the exhibition 20 000 Leagues Over Land and Sea - Exploring Six Centuries of Cartography. Discover some hundred maps from the Stewart Museum’s collection, the largest, most consistent and comprehensive collection of ancient cartography and cosmography conserved by a private museum in Quebec. On display are world maps, continental maps, maps of countries, sea charts, polar maps, celestial maps and city maps. A selection of navigational, astronomical and surveying instruments as well as globes of the earth and the heavens—all from the Stewart Museum’s collection — complements the exhibition. More than six centuries of mapmaking will be presented, with special emphasis on the Age of Discovery, from the 15th to the 18th centuries. This is an outstanding opportunity to discover the little-known yet fascinating world of ancient mapmaking.
November 5, 2013 - May 5, 2014 – Nanjing
Nanjing and Edinburgh will both play host to A Tale of Two Cities, which will draw together rarely-seen material from the centuries-old archives held on the two cities. Aerial photography, architectural drawings, maps, prints, engravings, paintings, costumes and museum artifacts will be pulled together for the exhibition, which will open in Nanjing Museum, No.321 Zhongshan East Road, before heading to Scotland’s capital in 2014. The displays in the new exhibition will focus on the early formation of the two cities, their architectural and urban evolution, and gradual expansion right up to the modern-day era. Visitors will be able to explore the two cities through both historical maps and aerial photographs, as well as state-of-the-art touch table technology. The exhibition has been developed by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland; Nanjing Museum, one of the largest museums in China; and Nomad Exhibitions, based in Scotland.
February 28, 2014 - May 17, 2014 – Atlanta
Mapping Place: Africa Beyond Paper can be seen at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, 500 10th Street NW. An Africa Atlanta 2014 event, Mapping Place: Africa Beyond Paper invites visitors to explore the ways that the changing representation and projection of space has shaped our approach to Africa. It will include examples of European representations of Africa on paper maps from the late 16th to the 20th century, along with African artifacts and paper objects pertaining to the scientific, administrative commercial and military exploitation of the continent by European and North American interests. Visitors will also see examples of GIS mapping technologies used for reviewing mining resources in the Congo as well as examples of the ways that underprivileged inhabitants in Nairobi have begun to map the space in which they live. Museum hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
February 28, 2014 - May 18, 2014 - Madison,
Marginalia in cARTography explores the visual discourse between marginal artistic images and the maps where they appear, as this marginalia sheds light on the content and purpose of the maps, their authors and patrons, and on the historical period when they were made. The exhibition also explores cartography as an art form, with a focus on the representations in the map margins. The exhibition can be seen at Chazen Museum of Art, Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery, 750 University Avenue on the UW–Madison campus. The exhibit is guest curated by Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, an art historian who specializes in the iconographical analysis of maps and the artistic interest of historical cartography. View and download the exhibition catalogue, “Marginalia in CARTography” by Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez under the Catalogues section.
February 20, 2014 - May 26, 2014 – London
Turning numbers into pictures that tell important stories and reveal the meaning held within is an essential part of what it means to be a scientist. This is as true in today's era of genome sequencing and climate models as it was in the 19th century. Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight, at the British Library at St Pancras, Folio Society Gallery, explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time. From John Snow's plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the tree of life, discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.
March 5, 2014 - May 31, 2014 – Cambridge, England
Sea Monsters to Sonar: Charting the Polar Oceans can be seen at Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road. This exhibition traces the development and use of maps of the Polar oceans and coastlines. Hydrography, the mapping of the seafloor and coast, has been an essential aspect of humanity's engagement with these hostile and frequently contested regions during times of exploration, speculation, science and the pursuit of economic resources. Maps are crucial tools for survival. For this exhibition the gallery space will be transformed into a trail of discovery revealing imagined and established trade routes, and journeys made for scientific discovery. Objects of significant interest on display include replica Greenlandic driftwood maps, a life-size submarine control room, hand drawn charts produced at the cost of many lives, electronic charts in the modern era and an original 16th century atlas depicting fictional Arctic islands.
June 21, 2013 - June 2014 - Lancaster, South Carolina
The Shaping of South Carolina: A Story of Adventure, Politics, and Boundary Making - This South Carolina Historical Society exhibit is open at the Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main Street. The exhibit details the disputes, politics, and science surrounding the state’s boundary lines from colonial times to the present. The exhibit features original maps from the collection of the South Carolina Historical Society, and quotations concerning the science of surveying from noted surveyor and Revolutionary hero, General William Moultrie. In addition, the exhibit highlights the borders that are still in contention today.
March 7, 2014 - June 1, 2014 - Pyrian, Slovenia
An exhibition entitled Piri Reis, the Cartographer of Sultan Süleyman has opened at the Sergej Masera Maritime Museum, Cankarjevo nab. 3. As part of the exhibition, visitors will have the chance to see some cities on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, as well as the 16th-century Mediterranean region through the eyes of Ottoman sailors.
February 21, 2014 - June 6, 2014 - San Antonio
The 1836 Battle of the Alamo wasn't a fight between Texans and Mexicans - it was a struggle between tyranny and liberty. This epic tale will be told from a different perspective, focusing on the Tejanos who fought and died in the battle. Standing Their Ground: Tejanos at the Alamo will honor the Tejano Alamo defenders as well as the Tejano and Tejana survivors, revealing them to Texans today with an exhibit of details culled from their own writings, rare documents and historic artifacts. The exhibit, located in the Alamo, will include dozens of original documents, maps and artifacts on the eight Tejano men of Hispanic or American Indian lineage who were among the 189 known defenders killed in the battle. Exhibit items will be from the Land Office, Alamo collection, Briscoe Center for American History in Austin and Alamo Research Center — the former DRT Library.
April 5, 2014 - June 8, 2014 - Banff, Alberta
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, 111 Bear Street, has an exhibit titled Cartography. Canada is depicted through its illustrated geography with a selection of maps on loan from private collector Bob Sandford. An internationally respected naturalist, advisor and author, Sandford promotes water conservation and campaigns for global watersheds and reserves. Maps from the Whyte Museum’s archival collection are included, providing a broad range of locations to explore.
April 24, 2014 - June 8 , 2014 - Fukuyama City, Hiroshima
A collector has donated 848 items--including hundreds of antique maps--to the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of History. Hisashi Moriya, a 72-year-old Fukuyama native and former chairman of Merrill Lynch Japan, amassed the collection over 30 years. The donations include 133 antique maps compiled in Europe and 210 antique maps and illustrations made in Japan. One of them, “Map of Asia,” is believed to have been produced by Dutch cartographer Jacob Floris van Langren in 1596. The donated collection also contains books about how Europeans viewed early modern Japan. The museum plans to hold an exhibition showing more than 100 items from the collection.
October 22, 2013 - June 14, 2014 - Ilford, Essex
A Redbridge Museum exhibition, Redbridge in Maps, is inviting visitors to discover over 2,000 years of local history using a range of maps. The museum, located on the 2nd Floor Central Library, Clements Road, show maps from the 17th Century to modern phone apps. It will explore how Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford transformed from small country villages to the London suburbs they are today. Redbridge can be seen in a new light in wartime bomb damage maps, archive photographs, museum objects, oral history and film. The exhibition can be viewed Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
May 23, 2014 - June 14, 2014 – Oslo
The University of Oslo Library is exhibiting a small collection of unique Hand-drawn old Norwegian Maps that were drawn by the Norwegian officers C.C. Buhholz and J. H. Reichborn. The maps were drawn in the first half of the 1800s and can be seen in Galleri Svedrup, Georg Sverdrups hus, Blindern. The maps show the main roads out from Christiania to Svinasund, Christian Sand, Kongsvinger, and Kongsberg and up to Filefjell. Landscape features along the roads are outlined. The exhibition is a collaboration between Oslo University Library and the National Library. Following the exhibition, the maps will be transferred to the National Library which has a large collection of maps. The maps can be seen on-line at http://www.ub.uio.no/om/aktuelt/arrangementer/annet/2014/pdf/kartserie.pdf.
June 18-20, 2014 - My Tho City, Vietnam
An exhibit featuring paintings, photos, maps and evidence of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos will take place in Tien Giang Province. The exhibit, Chung Tay Giu Gin Bien Dao Viet Nam [Let’s Safeguard Vietnam’s Seas and Islands], running at the province’s Culture and Information Center (27 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ward 4), displays 93 maps, including researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau’s collection, which reiterate Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa since 1940.
March 21, 2014 – June 23, 2014 – Hong Kong
Mapping Ming China’s Maritime World – The Selden Map and Other Treasures from the University of Oxford can be seen at Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central, Pier 8. This exhibition presents the early 17th century maritime heritage of the Ming Dynasty, including unique collections from the Oxford University’s Boldeian Libraries. Among the items on display are the Selden Map of China and the manuscript, Shun Feng Xiang Song (also known as Laud Rutter). Most of the objects are displayed to the public in Hong Kong for the first time. It is a unique opportunity to experience these extraordinary tools and resources from ancient mariners.This exhibition is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries.
July 2014 - Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Fernando da Silva, a Bridgewater artist, was born in the Azores. He acquired his first map, "Isles Acores" printed in Paris in 1787, in 1969 when he was 7 years old. It was the first of hundreds of maps da Silva would acquire over the years and is among those hanging on the walls of the Bridgewater Public Library, 15 South St., four decades later. They date from as early as the 16th century to as late as the 20th. One zooms in on a single island like a street map, while another depicts the Azores with the whole of the Earth’s surface as their backdrop. One puts the Azores at the top of the world, another in the Americas and still another in Africa.
June 17, 2014 - July 4, 2014 - Ho Chi Minh City
An exhibition featuring the Central Highlands City of Da Lat will be held at the city’s General Science Library at 69 Ly Tu Trong Street in District 1. Titled Da Lat, et la carte créa la ville [Da Lat and the establishment map], the exhibition is jointly presented by the French School of Asian Studies, the French Institute in Vietnam and the HCMC General Science Library. The event hopes to provide visitors chances to get to know more about the city, as well as its establishment and development process through the maps displayed at the event.
March 13, 2014 - July 8, 2014 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Ever since the revival of classical learning in the Renaissance, Europe's most prominent mapmakers—including Mercator, Ortelius, Janssonius, Sanson, and Delisle—have regarded it as part of their professional duty to apply their craft to an imaginative restoration of the past. Each age has its own peculiar Zeitgeist (yearning for a Golden Age, looking for inspiration in religious saints or secular heroes, or taking satisfaction in the extent of progress from "less enlightened" times), but the urge to court Clio (the muse of history) has been an ongoing theme in cartographic circles. The exhibit Courting Clio: Maps and the Historical Imagination explores the ways in which mapmakers frame past events, how they deploy textual and graphic aids in the service of historical narrative, and how they endeavor to convey temporal changes through static images. Whether the subject is the Exodus, the conquests of Alexander the Great, the barbarian invasions of Europe, or the arduous trek of Mormons to the Great Salt Lake, the focus here is on efforts to map our collective peregrinations through time. The exhibition be seen at Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library. For details contact Joseph Garver at 617-496-3670.
May 7, 2014 - July 17, 2014 - Glens Falls, New York
Todd DeGarmo, director of The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, set up a new gallery exhibit: Collecting Lake George. The exhibit of historic maps, prints, postcards and other memorabilia of Lake George is open any time the library is open. The library is at 251 Glen St.
March 22, 2014 – August 23, 2014 – Boston
Explore Boston's ethnic diversity and neighborhoods with a special exhibition featuring maps of Boston's immigrant population based on the 2010 Census using historic, modern and digitized maps. A City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St.
June 2, 2014 - August 23, 2014 – Richmond
Where you live makes all the difference, but that difference has a history. The current circumstances of Richmond’s neighborhoods have roots in state and federal policies that have had lasting effects on concentrations of poverty and growth, lending patterns, homeownership, and educational outcomes for children. Neighborhoods that received a D grade in the 1950s now have a high concentration of federal housing subsidies and high levels of poverty. Children in these same neighborhoods score lower on SOL tests than their peers in neighborhoods with low poverty rates. During the foreclosure crisis, these neighborhoods featured high rates of default. We can use historic and current maps and data to better understand the connection between public policy and economic development in the Richmond region. Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference is on display at the Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street. It features contemporary maps by Housing Opportunities Made Equal and historic maps from the LVA Collections.
June 3, 2014 - August 24, 2014 - Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Story of the Platte as Told in Maps features maps from 1673 up to 1856. The display is in conjunction with the 300th anniversary of the European discovery of the mouth of the Platte. The maps will be on view at Cass County Museum, 640 Main Street. The Museum is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
May 20, 2014 - August 31, 2014 – Naples
Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni (1736-1814) is among the major Italian geographers and cartographers in the modern age. On the occasion of the bicentenary of his death, an exhibition of documents and maps can be seen at the Archivio di Stato in Naples entitled Un geografo alla corte dei Re di Napoli [A geographer at the court of the Kings of Naples].
June 12, 2014 – August 31, 2014 – Spartanburg,
Spartanburg Regional History Museum houses one of the most impressive historic map collections in the region. Maps Alive! showcases dozens of maps tracing the history of South Carolina and the southeastern United States.
July 7, 2014 – September 12, 2014 – Wellington, New
An extremely rare copy of the first book to be printed in Antarctica features in the latest exhibition at the National Library's Turnbull Gallery. The exhibition, Extreme south: Antarctica Imagined, draws on collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library to illustrate how Antarctica was perceived in the two thousand years before explorers actually reached the South Pole. The books, maps and illustrations on display all represent visions of Antarctica when it was quite literally Terra Incognita - 'the unknown land'. Exhibits range from a 16th-century map that populates a vast land mass with camels, elephants and unicorns to one of only 30 bound copies of Aurora Australis, the first book to be written and printed on the Ice. The book was a winter activity of members of Ernest Shackleton's 1908-09 expedition to Antarctica.
September 4-14, 2014 – London
Let your inner historian run riot with this collection of printed maps of London from 1572-2014. The exhibit Mapping London can be seen at gallery@oxo, Bargehouse Street, South Bank.
April 1, 2014 – September 21, 2014 – Clinton, New
Just in time for the 350th Anniversary of the state of New Jersey and Hunterdon’s Tercentennial Celebration, the Red Mill Museum Village announces the opening of a new exhibition, Maps of Hunterdon County. This exhibition features rare lithographed large format maps spanning the decades of the 1830’s to 1880’s as well as pictorial maps and tax survey maps. The exhibit also features a stunning diorama of 19th century surveyors with period equipment. In addition there are two hands-on activities and a locally made 19th century surveyor’s compass. The museum is at 56 Main St. The exhibition is open during museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
September 14-21, 2014 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan students have used historical pictures and maps in a library exhibit to chronicle Ann Arbor’s experience as a Community for Victory during World War II. The display, a joint project between the Clark Library in the Hatcher Graduate Library and the Ann Arbor District Library, highlights both individual stories and the overall growth that Ann Arbor experienced between 1941 and 1945. The exhibit on Michigan’s campus includes maps of Ann Arbor from the turn of the 20th century to the present. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library on the University of Michigan Diag.
September 19-21, 2014 - Civitella del Lago, Italy
Associazione Roberto Almagià [Italian Map Collector Society] has just completed a catalog of an exhibition of Rizzi Zannoni maps of Italy and Italian regions titled "L’Italia del Cavaliere Rizzi Zannoni." The exhibition will be on display only during the three days of the "Annual Meeting" of the Associazione Roberto Almagià in Sala Brizzi. This year is the bicentenary of the death of the great Italian XVIII century astronomer and cartographer. Among the very rare maps on exhibit will be the only three known surviving sheets of a map of Papal States (1798-1799) now in Vladimiro Valerio collection of ZAnnoniana. A manuscript draft of the same map, dated around the second half of 1798, is in the British Library.
August 26, 2014 – September 26, 2014 - Padova, Italy
This year is the bicentenary of the death of the great Italian XVIII century astronomer and cartographer Rizzi Zannoni. An exhibition, which will be held in Padova at Museo della Specola [Museum of the Astronomical Observatory], is titled Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni, cartografo e geografo - Visita al Museo La Specola e all'esposizione della tesa parigina. On display will be a French book of measurements from 1776 which belonged to Rizzi Zannoni and was donated by him to the Astronomical Observatory of Padova before leaving Padova for Naples in 1781. Also on display are other historical instruments owned by the Museum. Contact Valeria Zani at Museo La Specola for additional information.
September 22-27, 2014 - Wailuku, Hawaii
The Bailey House Museum, in partnership with Bryant Neal, Richard Mickelson, and The Story of Hawaii Museum, is proud to present The Mapping of Hawaii, Part II, a singular and unique experience that combines history, geography, cartography, and historical artifacts of the Hawaiian Islands to create a wonderfully educational and entertaining experience. This special exhibition covers the daring exploits of Polynesian navigators to the maps made by early explorers, the Hawaiian monarchy, Hawaii’s territorial days, World War II, Statehood to present. On rare display will be restored maps of early Lahaina Town.