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. 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.



November 2012 - Winter 2014 – 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.



March 22, 2014 – December 2, 2014 – Bath
The American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, is presenting an exhibition entitled
New World, Old Maps. The display, celebrating the ancient map collection of museum co-founder Dr Dallas Pratt, is to illustrate the changing cartography scene as European explorers discovered the New World.



April 1, 2014 – September 21, 2014 – Clinton, New Jersey
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.



May 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The Portsmouth Historical Society will exhibit at the John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle Street, Mapping the Piscataqua from John Smith to Google Maps.



May 16, 2014 - December 16, 2014 – Karachi
An exhibition of rare maps and prints titled Drawing the Line can be seen at the Mohatta Palace Museum, 7 Hatim Alva Road. The exhibit is a must-see not just for the fact that it’s a signpost to history but also because it’s a visually striking display. It contains 90 maps and 40 prints taken from different collections, including those of distinguished history lover Faqir Syed Aijazuddin and former ambassador Jamsheed Marker. How apt it is to put the map of India (Giuseppe Rosaccio, After Ptolemy’s Geographia published in Italy in 1592) as one of the initial exhibits. But that doesn’t mean that the father of history, Herodotus, has been overlooked. He is there, with all his wisdom and ‘view of the world’ (450BC, reconstruction from data recorded in Herodotus’ Histories). A small map of the Indus Delta (Edward Weller, published for the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society by J Murray, London 1867) makes for interesting viewing because it is quite difficult to find a cartographic picture of the beautiful delta dating back to the 19th century. It gives you a sense of continuum in history which is very important to understand the region. No different is the case with a map of northern Punjab (1838) and Rajputana Principalities (1829).



May - October 2014 – 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.



June 1, 2014 - October 15, 2014 - Austin, Texas
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection of The University of Texas at Austin has installed the exhibition Mapping Mexican History: Territories in Dispute, Identities in Question at Austin’s Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe. The exhibition, located on the Library’s second floor, traces the intertwined and often contentious relationships between indigenous and European, civil and religious, and “national” and foreign, in Mexico’s evolution from colonial territory to modern state.



June 9, 2014 - December 12, 2014 - Boulder, Colorado
Art + Maps can be seen at the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library, University of Colorado Boulder. Works by four local and regional artists are exhibited with items from the Map Library collection. Corresponding maps range from antique maps to aerial photographs; celestial charts to contemporary expressions of map design. The juxtaposition of art and maps highlights their formal similarities, yet also reveals elements and functions showing where the purposes of the two formats diverge. A selection of maps emphasizes artistry in cartographic production from various time periods and cultures. Several attributes particular to maps, such as decorative borders, cartouches, and directional signs are displayed.



June 19, 2014 - October, 2014 - Machias, New York
The Cattaraugus County Museum has opened their new Civil War exhibit; Let Us Have Peace: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War in its Fourth Year. Made possible by the loaning of Civil War artifacts by several Cattaraugus County residents, the exhibit showcases maps, letters and enlistment papers. The Cattaraugus County Museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16. It’s open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information, contact the museum at 716-353-8200.



June 27, 2014 - November 11, 2014 – Edinburgh
The Map Library is pleased to make available all our holdings of trench maps of the Western Front, coinciding with the exhibition Behind the lines: Personal stories of the First World War in the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge building. Trench maps are a primary source for studying the battlefields of the Western Front, and the location of military positions and defences. They also record the names that soldiers gave the trenches, as well as the names of nearby farms, villages, woods, and other landmarks, often mentioned in related written records. Accurate locations, and the distances and bearings between them were essential for the artillery, and trench maps also illustrate the innovative survey, compilation, and map printing technologies that advanced rapidly during the War. Comparing trench maps to each other over time, and to the present day, allows a detailed and fascinating graphic insight into the changing topography of the Western Front.



July 7, 2014 – September 12, 2014 – Wellington, New Zealand
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.



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 23, 2014 – November 11, 2014 – Cambridge, Massachusetts
From the Alps to the Ocean: Maps of the Western Front can be see at the Harvard Map Collection, Map Gallery Hall, Pusey Library. World War One is often described as the first truly modern war, a war where advances in technology had outpaced the tactical thinking of the day. The massive changes that occurred in the field of military technology were mirrored in the field of map mapmaking. New technologies led to new cartographic methods and techniques and to an increased reliance on maps. On the battlefield, cartographers were churning out maps of the trenches almost daily. At home, maps were being used to rally the home front in Europe and to try to convince the United States to join the Entente powers. Immediately after the war, maps were used to help decide how to redefine Europe. At the centennial of the start of the war, this exhibit explores the roles of maps and mapping on the battlefield and at home.



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 15, 2014 - November 12, 2014 - Snape, Suffolk
Rarely seen original artwork, maps and posters by a master of graphic art & design. Exhibition includes pen-and-ink drawings, designs and papers unearthed at Gill’s family home. Examining the work of an extraordinary artist, designer and architect, this exhibition explores the career of a man who produced a captivating and innovative range of graphic design in many forms, across four decades. MacDonald (Max) Gill (1884-1947) was a graphic artist of extraordinary ability and versatility. The younger brother of the sculptor and typographer Eric Gill, Max was best known for his decorative maps. Maps To Memorials – Exploring The Work Of Macdonald Gill can be seen at the Lettering Arts Centre Suffolk’s Snape Maltings arts complex. Opening times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 11am until 5pm. If you make a special journey to see the exhibition, please ring the doorbell and you will be very welcome to view the exhibition.



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.



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 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.



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.



September 12, 2014 - November 30, 2014 - Staunton, Virginia
The American Shakespeare Center, in partnership with Scott Ballin and with funding from Altria Client Services Inc., proudly announces a new exhibit at the Augusta County Historical Society Gallery in the R.R. Smith Center, 20 South New Street. Maps of the 16th and 17th Centuries: A Tribute to the Works and Times of William Shakespeare explores the world as Shakespeare would have known it by featuring approximately 40 original maps from the 16th and 17th centuries. The maps highlight various places where Shakespeare set his plays, including England, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Near and Middle East, and North Africa, and include works by famous early modern cartographers Mercator, Ortelius, Hondius, Blaeu and Speed. Ranging in size from large wall maps to small pieces that travelers would have carried, these works of art retain their original color and many include detailed illustrations.



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.



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.



March 2015 – Summer 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.



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 September 21, 2014 by John W. Docktor