Cartography - Calendar of Exhibitions

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Indefinite - Carson, California
A permanent exhibition of antique maps has opened on the second floor of the California State University Dominguez Hills University Library, 1000 E. Victoria Street. Entitled Where Are You From? the exhibition documents the vast information that be gleaned from maps. Looking for New Granada? Since it is now the country of Columbia you probably can't readily find it on MapQuest, although it is represented on a map now on display in the library. Need to find where Russian Tartary or "Hindoostan" was? You can find them in the exhibition. With 15 maps dating from 1747 to 1946, the exhibition covers the entire world. These maps show how the world was viewed throughout the last 250 years and surprise the viewer with accuracy as well as inaccuracy and whimsy. They invite praise for their art and design, confusion when a familiar place is named something else and serve as a gateway for critical thinking. The maps are part of the Library's Archives and Special Collections Map Collection. Additional maps are on display in the on the fifth floor. The Library collaborated with the Promoting Excellence in Graduate Studies Program to put the exhibition together. The maps can viewed during regular library hours.

Indefinite - Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Karpeles Library is the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. Founded in 1983 by California residents David and Marsha Karpeles, the focus was to stimulate an appetite for learning. Currently, there are 12 museums and one map museum nationwide, with each one occupying a preserved building. The Karpeles Map Museum in Fort Wayne occupies the former Church of Christ at 3039 Piqua Avenue. The map-only museum will display maps on a three- to six-month rotation schedule.
Admission is always free. For information call 260-456-6929.

Indefinite - Jacksonville, Florida
The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains some 244 antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America, and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. Most of these maps are on permanent display in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room on the fourth floor of the Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street. Additional information 813-228-0097.

Indefinite - Kozani, Greece
Kozani in the World of Maps is on display at the Municipal Map Library housed in the recently restored Georgios Lassanis Mansion at the center of the city. The historic Map Library, with its roots in 17th century, keeps a small but important collection of maps, atlases and geography books, mainly from 18th century, referred to the period of Greek Enlightenment. For example, a copy of the 1797 Rigas Velestinlis "Charta" as well as the extremely rare 1800 Anthimos Gazis world map are kept there among other maps and atlases which were never before put on public display. Contact: 2461 50635 / 2461 50632 for additional information.

Indefinite – La Jolla, California
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla is tucked into an office building at 7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL-A. The maps are displayed on walls and in cases, arranged somewhat chronologically and by themes. There’s a crude black and white drawing of the world from 1472, a vibrant “Roads to Romance” representation of Southern California circa 1958 and hundreds of other maps from all over the world. Some were used in their day for navigation, some for display, some for dreaming. There are maps that show California as an island - a depiction of an almost mythological paradise that persists, in the public consciousness, centuries later. There is a map from 1617 that shows what is now Belgium and Holland shaped like a lion - a projection of power and national pride. A special exhibit of 19th century Gold Rush maps will be on display until September 30, 2015. The maps are a part of the Stone Map and Atlas Foundation, headed by local businessman and philanthropist Michael Stone, who has been collecting maps for 20 years. The Museum is open Wednesday and Thursday 11-4 and the 1st and 3rd Saturday also 11-4 or by appointment for groups of four or more. For additional information contact Richard Cloward or Roz Gibson at 855-653-6277.

Indefinite – La Rochelle, France
The Musée du Nouveau Monde [Museum of the New World], 10 Rue Fleuriau, is housed in an eighteenth century mansion, the hotel Fleuriau, named after the family who lived there from 1772 to 1974. The Museum features numerous old maps of the Americas as well as sculptures, paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative objects. These objects are evidence of the triangular trade and slavery with the Americas, through which the city of La Rochelle, like others, amassed considerable wealth. Part of the museum is devoted to the French conquest of the New World, especially in Canada, while evoking the Old West and Native Americans.

Indefinite – Mexico City
Museo Nacional de la Cartografía, at Avenida Observatorio No. 94, corner of Periférico Tacubaya, D.F., C.P. 11870, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, features exhibits about the general history of mapping of Mexico. Codices, atlases, navigational charts, topographic plans, and instruments used to make geodesic and topographical measurements are on display.

Indefinite – Montreal
History and Memory showcases almost 500 artifacts, images, archival documents, and early maps from the Stewart Museum’s vast collection showing the influence of European civilizations in New France and North America. The planispheres, star charts and maps of North and South America and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans amply illustrate the expanding geographic knowledge gained by Europeans as they made their way across continents, that until then, had remained terra incognita. Added to these artefacts is a major collection of globes and navigation instruments: mariner’s compass, traverse board, nocturnal, astrolabe, sundial, and maritime hourglass from the 18th century. The Stewart Museum is located at the British military depot on St. Helen's Island, Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Indefinite - Tampa, Florida
Five Hundred Years of Florida Maps features items selected from the J. Thomas and Lavinia W. Touchton Collection of Florida Cartography at The Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street. These maps and charts represent some of the "Florida" map-makers visions that have been created over the past 500 years.

Indefinite - Vienna
The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library, Palais Mollard, Herrengasse 9, is the world's only institution devoted to the study of globes and related instruments like armillary spheres and planetariums. On display in eight rooms are many of the more than 460 globes owned by the Museum. Additionally there is a bilingual (German and English) multimedia presentation about globe history, globe making, and the use of globes. Additional information from Tel.: (+43 1) 534 10-710 or Fax: (+43 1) 534 10-319.

Indefinite - Washington
Exploring the Early Americas is an exhibition featuring the 1507 Waldseemüller "World Map," the first map to use the name America; and rotating items from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which includes rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas. Also on display is Waldseemüller's "Carta Marina" or Navigators' Chart; and the Schöner Sammelbund, a portfolio that contained two world maps and other cartographic materials. The exhibition is in the Northwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Indefinite – Washington
Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784 is an exhibition at the Library of Congress featuring the first map of the newly independent United States that was compiled, printed and published in America by an American. The exhibition will be located in the Great Hall North Gallery on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Rare and historically important, the Abel Buell map also was the first map to be copyrighted in the United States. Seven copies of the map are known to exist, and this copy is considered the best preserved and, therefore, is the most frequently chosen for illustration of Buell’s work. Also on display will be four early maps of North America by John Mitchell, Carington Bowles, Thomas Hutchins and William Faden, which were created from 1755 to 1778. Buell most likely consulted these maps when he engraved his large wall map. A 1784 map of the United States by William McMurray, which was published nine months after Buell’s map, will complete the exhibition.

Indefinite – Washington
The Historical Society of Washington is delighted to present a new exhibit, Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Collection, the most important donation in the organization’s 188-year history. The exhibit explores the development of our nation’s capital, from a sleepy southern town into a modern metropolis, as told through the works of artists who witnessed the city’s changes. The exhibit can be seen at the Society's Kiplinger Library on the second floor of the historic Carnegie Library building in Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K Street, NW - the District’s original, never segregated Central Library - directly across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The exhibition draws from the strengths of the Kiplinger Collection in early maps and birds-eye views, 19th and 20th century prints, mid-20th century oil paintings, watercolors, and photographs. Upon entering the exhibition one first sees a print of the first published version of Pierre L’Enfant’s famous 1791 map depicting the gifted French architect and urban planner’s vision for a capital city worthy of comparison with those of great European nations. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments for group tours can be made by contacting the library.

May – January 2015 – Ithaca
The history of the outbreak 100 years ago of World War I, the “Great War”, and the collapse of the fragile balance among the European powers in the summer of 1914 is a grand and grim story of diplomatic failure and military destruction. It was arguably the main cause of World War II. World War I was a “European War,” it was also the “Great” war. The biggest and bloodiest battles were fought in Western Europe. Yet it is important to remember that the conflict spread to Africa, where the German colonial empire was eventually destroyed, the Balkans and the Ottoman Middle East as well as Asia and the Pacific. The naval war was a relentless struggle over supplies of war materials and food. The goal of this exhibit, Foreign Fields: Perspectives on the Great War, is to present these lesser known fronts and battlefields through a series of original maps and maps from the Olin Library map collection, which show not only the geospatial dimensions of the secondary fronts, but also the costs and casualties of the war outside of the main West European theaters of operation, and ultimately the really global scope of the war. The exhibit can be seen in the Olin Library Lower Level display case, Cornell University.

July 11, 2014 - January 4, 2015 – London To mark the 300th anniversary of the passing of the Longitude Act in July 1714, the exhibition Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude (east-west position) at sea, helping to solve the problem of navigation and saving seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation. Exhibition can be seen at National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

July 25, 2014 – December 31, 2014 – Savannah
In preparation of the 225th anniversary of the City of Savannah, Virginia and John Duncan of V. & J. Duncan Antique Maps & Prints are sharing their personal collections, historical maps, prints, and postcards of Savannah at City Hall. The exhibit, Savannah Historical Maps and Prints, features a selection of maps and prints tracing the growth and development of Savannah through the 18th and 19th centuries. This series will be on exhibit for the public in the first floor rotunda of City Hall, 2 East Bay St.

August 16, 2014 – January 25, 2015 – Princeton
Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the naming of New Jersey, Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888, introduces viewers to the maps that charted the state’s development—from unexplored colonial territory to the first scientifically-surveyed state in the Union. Coastal charts, manuscript road maps, and early state maps provide a historical background to the major focus of the exhibition: the state’s first wall maps and county atlases. The large scale of these maps allowed mapmakers to include the names/locations of nineteenth-century merchants and farmers, hence personalizing local history. Also included will be illustrations from the county atlases contrasted with photographs of the places today. Exhibit can be seen in Main Gallery, Firestone Library, Princeton University, One Washington Road. John Delaney, exhibit curator, has published a book concurrently with the exhibit.

September 2, 2014 - January 25, 2015 – Boston
American schoolchildren have studied geography since the colonial-era. Traditionally viewed as an essential subject for boys’ and girls’ education, geography was taught to small children from their earliest lessons at home, to young adults studying in high school and university settings. Back to School: Geography in the Classroom is a display of forty maps, globes, games, atlases and related objects. In this display we see the evolution of geographic education, examine the visual aids used by teachers in the classroom, and marvel at unique student-produced geography projects from the late 18th to the 20th centuries. The exhibit can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St.

October 8, 2014 - December 31, 2014 – Berlin
Julius Straube was the most important cartographer and publisher of official maps for the Berlin municipal authorities in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but he also produced some for various Prussian and Reich authorities as well as for the tourist trade. With a keen sense of the pulse of the time he reacted quickly to technological innovations and social developments and "translated" them artistically and technically into maps. On the occasion of INTERGEO 2014 in Berlin and in cooperation between the State Archive Berlin, the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment and the City Museum Foundation Berlin, Cartographic excursions with Julius Straube will be displayed at Berlin State Archive, Eichborndamm 115-121.

October 15, 2014 - January 31, 2015 - Bochum, Germany
When there is a high incidence of infectious disease with hundreds or thousands of patients, the cause must be determined as quickly as possible in order to quickly apply appropriate measures to prevent further spread of the disease. Maps were and are a central tool for the investigation and informing the public, because they show at a glance how many people are ill and the ways in which the disease propagates in space. In addition, they are also the starting point for further questions: Why is there only a certain area or a particular stretch of road affected when the outbreak first started? Den Seuchen auf der Spur – 200 Jahre Infektionskrankheiten im Kartenbild [The epidemics on the track - 200 years of infectious diseases in the map image] can be seen at Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Universitätsbibliothek (4 and 5 Floor), Universitätsstraße 150.

October 19, 2014 - June 30, 2015 - St. Louis
To celebrate a major birthday — say, 50 or older — many hosts serve cake and display photos of the celebrant: baby photos, first steps, awkward adolescence, coming of age and major landmarks of adulthood. For St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration, John Neal Hoover has done just that. At the Mercantile Library’s new exhibition, Hoover hung several century-old photos, older paintings and drawings, but mostly he tells the city history in maps. Hoover’s birthday gift to St. Louis is the Mercantile Library’s Mapping St. Louis History — An Exhibition of Historic Maps, Rare Books and Images Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of St. Louis. Hoover is the executive director of the Mercantile Library, University of Missouri–St. Louis. The oldest map in the exhibition was made in 1655: the newest a NASA photo taken from a space satellite Dec. 13, 2013. The exhibit can be seen Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. Free docent tours are on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

October 20, 2014 - April 30, 2015 – Honolulu
An exhibit showcasing the restoration efforts of thousands of maps and photographs damaged in a devastating flood nearly 10 years ago will be on display at Hamilton Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2550 McCarthy mall. In October 2004, roughly 10 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period causing the banks of the Mānoa stream to overflow and send a two-foot wall of water through the campus. Hamilton Library and the Biomedical Science building were hit the hardest with the water mark in the library basement reported at six feet off the ground. Approximately 350,000 aerial pictures and rare maps were damaged and destroyed in the flood, some of which dated back 400 years. With the help of Belfor USA, a company specializing in disaster recovery, they have managed to restore 57,000 maps and around 76,000 aerial photos. The title of the exhibit, Finding the Silver Lining of the Mānoa Flood will be in two parts – one showing the process of the restoration, which will be held in the Bridge Gallery, and another showing the rare maps and photographs that were saved, which will be in the Moir Reading Room.

October 2014 - August 2015 – Charlottesville
The Civil War’s impact on the culture, politics, and geography of Virginia cannot be overemphasized: battles ravaged the landscape, blockades and other political maneuvers transformed the economy, and profound regional tensions resulted in the creation of West Virginia. Who shall tell the story?”: Voices of Civil War Virginia seeks to reveal how Virginia was changed by the war, focusing on the voices of those who experienced it. Maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, newspapers, songsheets, broadside advertisements, photographs, and physical artifacts drawn from across University of Virginia Library Special Collections rich holdings in the period reveal the lived experience of war. Exhibition can be seen in Main Floor, Main Exhibit Gallery, University of Virginia's Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture.

November 13, 2014 – July 31, 2015 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Lafreri - Italiaanse cartografie in de Renaissance [Lafreri - Italian cartography in the Renaissance] is the title of an exhibition at the Mercatormuseum, Zamanstraat 49. It features an atlas whose latest map is dated 1567. The atlas was restored in 1994, and is now on display.

November 14, 2014 - March 29, 2015 – London
Just weeks after the long-anticipated discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s lost ships the British Library, 96 Euston Road, looks back on almost 400 years of a fascination with the fabled Northwest Passage. From Charles II’s lavish personal atlas to 19th century woodcut illustrations and wooden maps crafted by Inuit communities, the exhibition features material from Europe, Canada and the Arctic, much of it on display for the first time, giving us incredible insights in to the mysterious area which has lured explorers like Franklin to their deaths. The exhibition, Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage, curated by British Library curators Philip Hatfield and Tom Harper, focuses on three of the most eminent Arctic explorers to seek the Northwest Passage: Martin Frobisher, who discovered what we now describe as ‘fool’s gold’; Sir John Franklin, possibly the most famous British Arctic explorer; and Roald Amundsen, the first man to the South Pole and a member of the first crew to fly across the Arctic.

November 20, 2014 - February 10, 2015 - Cambridge, Massachusetts
From their earliest manifestations, maps have embodied some form of data visualization. Whether describing geographical coordinates, navigational hazards, transportation routes, or the night sky, maps have served to distill the complexities of our observations and render them more readily comprehensible. However, the cartographic techniques used to depict topographical features and the built environment were often of limited utility in illustrating data derived from in-depth investigations of the physical universe, the biosciences, the economy, or the social system.
At a Glance: Early Methods of Cartographic Visualization explores early experimentations in visualization impelled by the explosion of empirical data (and the infrastructure for collecting statistics) since the late 18th century. It includes thematic maps of disease, crime, geological strata, ethnographic patterns, and electoral results. Exhibit can be seen at Harvard Map Collection, Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library.

November 21, 2014 – March 22, 2015 – Wetzlar, Germany
The exhibition
Augenscheine - Karten und Pläne vor Gericht [Legal inspection plans – maps and plans at court] can be seen at Reichskammergerichtsmuseum, Hofstatt 19.

November 24, 2014 - mid-February 2015 - Limerick, Ireland
The Hunt Museum, Rutland Street, invites you to explore the rich history of our city this winter. Limerick: My City My Home is a display of historic maps and paintings that depict the wealth of history in our city and will be on view in the Gallery. The paintings and maps will guide you through time from the 17th century right up to the modern city as we know it.

December 2014 - mid-February 2015 - Summerside, Prince Edward Island
On exhibit at Eptek Art & Culture Centre, 130 Heather Moyse Drive, is Mapping the Island: Remembering Samuel Holland, an exhibition of maps selected from the Prince Edward Island Museum's provincial collection. Many of the maps were donated by Jim MacNutt and depict the leap forward in accuracy and detailing that came about with the survey of Samuel Holland in 1764-65. This exhibition kicks off this year of celebrating Holland's influence on our province and it appears in the lobby.

December 10, 2014 - May 10, 2015 – Edinburgh
Treachery, power struggles, royal in-fighting and religious wrangling are all reflected in Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite rising - the winter exhibition at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge. The exhibition tells the story of the 1715 Jacobite rising as the 300th anniversary approaches. Using contemporary records, books, maps, portraits and songs, it explains this turbulent period of British history. Some of the items in the exhibition, Game of Crowns, are rarely seen, and have been loaned by the Queen’s own Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, as well as the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and two of the city’s other attractions, the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

December 12, 2014 - March 29, 2015 – Kochi (Cochin), India
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale unveiled a unique collection of museum-quality maps of India from 16th to 19th centuries. The exhibition is first of its kind in India, which is held in association with Hyderabad-based Kalakriti Archives, an art-promoting organisation. Kochi, which is now the centre stage of art explorers, is hosting 108-day-long Kochi Biennale Foundation. The exhibition of maps is aimed to bring out the show that features a total of 47 maps spanning across four centuries, which are arranged under three categories: Jain cosmic, pilgrimage and cartographic. Titled Cosmology to Cartography, the exhibition at Heritage Arts in suburban Mattancherry showcases both early maps that are produced with vegetable dye on cotton, woodcuts, copper engravings with colour or watercolour and ink on paper. The India maps have been collected by Kalakriti founder Prashant Lahoti over a decade ago. Out of the 47 maps on display from a collection of 3,000 maps, the exhibition shows some very rare depictions which includes an early 18th-century Japanese map, which shows India as the centre of the world because it is the home of Buddhism, a pilgrimage map with Persian translations, a mid-18th century one produced from early Portuguese manuscripts that shows the southern peninsular facing upwards, the first Dutch map of the subcontinent and the Middle East, and the first map of India as a single entity, made in 1822, for the directors of the English East India Company. The exhibition also has political maps made by the Portuguese, Dutch, French and English that were created to consolidate their power in the Indian sub-continent.

December 18, 2014 - January 24, 2015 – Naples
This year is the bicentenary of the death of the great Italian XVIII century astronomer and cartographer Rizzi Zannoni (1736-1814). The Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli has an exhibition featuring manuscript maps made by him. A long map of the river Donau, from Ulm to Ingolstadt, surveyed and drawn in 1776 will open the exhibit; followed by a map of Maltese islands. These are examples of his maps of areas outside of his homeland.

December 19, 2014 - February 15, 2015 - Tyler, Texas
The Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave, joins the nationwide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War with an exhibition, The American Civil War’s Impact on Tyler. To highlight the home front and frame the war from the perspective of Smith County, the exhibit features an array of period clothing, weaponry, photographs, maps and numerous other historical artifacts of local origin.

January 23, 2015 – March 21, 2015 – London
Maps Of Persia 1477 – 1925, a graphical journey through the history of Iran, is an exhibition presenting a selection of maps, urban plans, topographic maps, and sea charts; taken from the 'Dr Cyrus Ala'i's Map Collection of Persia' of over 250 maps that was gifted to the Centre for Iranian Studies SOAS, University of London in 2013. The collection includes important printed general maps of Persia and more specialist items from the early editions of Ptolemy, at the end of the 15th century, up until the end of the Qajar dynasty in 1925. Exhibit can be seen at Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square.

March 19, 2015 – August 23, 2015 – Washington
The Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E Capitol Street SE, will be hosting an exhibit in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, entitled Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude.

April 4, 2015 - October 4, 2015 St. Augustine, Florida
An exhibition at the Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive, – Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America is a signature St. Augustine 450th Commemoration exhibition that shares the story of how three intertwining cultures – Hispanics, Africans and Native Americans – came together to form the foundation of the American culture and create the blended society of today’s St. Augustine. The exhibition debuts during St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary year. A few of those documents on display include Menéndez’s 1565 contract with King Philip II of Spain, names of first settlers in St. Augustine and the Hernando de Mestas 1595 map of St. Augustine.

May 2015 - October 2015 – Boston
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, presents
We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence; an exhibition that commemorates the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. This pivotal moment sparked American opposition to Britain’s restrictive colonial policies, particularly taxation without representation, which was established to help pay for troops stationed in the colonies during the French and Indian War (1756-1763). Protesters in Boston hung one of the tax collectors in effigy on an elm tree near the Boston Common. The tree became known as the Liberty Tree, and the loose organization of protesters were known as the Sons of Liberty. This early opposition throughout the colonies to British imperial control set the stage for growing opposition to British rule during the next ten years, resulting in the American Revolutionary War. Employing geographic and cartographic perspectives, the exhibition will tell the story of how thirteen separate colonies found a common cause, fought a bloody war for independence, and finally came together as a new, united nation. The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 60 maps supplemented by 40 related graphic documents, paintings, and three dimensional objects documenting British North America’s volatile and rapidly changing political and economic landscape during the last half of the 18th century. The exhibit moves to Colonial Williamsburg in 2016 and New York Historical Society in 2017.

Last Updated on December 18, 2014 by John W. Docktor