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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 - Raleigh, North Carolina
Capital Cartography: A History of Raleigh in Maps can be seen at the City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street. This exhibit showcases over two hundred years of Raleigh’s development through a collection of historic maps. Looking at maps as more than way finding tools, visitors experience cartography as a reflection of the times and the draftsmen who crafted them. The exhibit features 14 maps that reflect over 200 years of the Capital city’s history.
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.
September 20, 2014 - March 27, 2015 - Chartres, France
Les Cartes et le territoire - L‘invention de l’Eure-et-Loir invites the visitor to discover a series of maps from the 16th century to the present day, encompassing the territory of the Eure-et-Loir department the capital of which is Chartres. These maps convey a multitude of historical details concerning past administrative structures, the evolution of the natural and the man-made environment, and bring forward perceptions of territorial features of the time of their production. One part of the exhibition addresses, with interactive devices, the wider cartographic spectrum of images of the world, presenting principles of cosmography, astronomy, geodesy and techniques of map design and production. Each visitor receives a large (100 x 70 cm) map of the department, especially printed from the original copper plate of 1884. Exhibit can be seen at Les Archives départementales d'Eure-et-Loir, Esplanade Martial Taugourdeau, Pont de Mainvilliers, 28026 Chartres.
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.
October 26, 2014 - August 2015 - Buffalo, New York
Trace a path through Buffalo’s history with newly restored maps on display at the at the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. You Are Here: Buffalo on the Map can be seen in the Grosvenor Rare Book Display Room. The exhibit includes seven original – but newly restored and conserved – maps plus an additional 18 maps of the city, mostly from the 19th century. Among them, our infamous red-light district map from 1893, "Mann’s Map of the Buffalo Harbor, and Map of Buffalo Village," 1805, made under the direction of the Young Men’s Association's special committee on local history. Facsimiles of maps of the Olmsted parks system, the church district maps, pictorial maps, Sanborn maps and the harbor are also part of the display. Come see Buffalo’s landscape as it develops from an early 19th century pioneer settlement into a flourishing center of commerce and industry.
November 13, 2014 – July 19, 2015 - Sint-Niklaas,
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 – April 19, 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 19, 2014 - March 1, 2015 – Munich
The Nuremberg Chronicle, as it is commonly known, was first published by Hartmann Schedel in 1493, in a Latin and a German edition. Over 1,700 copies of this incunabulum have apparently survived. Although it only contains two maps, one of the world and one of Germany, its many town views among the 1,804 woodcut illustrations from 652 woodblocks make it a much sought-after map collectors’ item. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Schedel's death, the Bavarian State Library has mounted a special exhibition, Welten des Wissens - Die Bibliothek und Weltchronik des Nürnberger Arztes Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), around Schedel’s own annotated copy of the Chronicle, together with the major part of his personal library. This unique collection of books and prints was sold in 1552 by Schedel’s grandson to Johann Jakob Fugger for 500 Florins, who in turn sold it to Bavarian Duke Albrecht V, by whom it was integrated into what later became the Bavarian State Library, Ludwigstrasse 16.
November 21, 2014 – March 22, 2015 – Wetzlar,
The exhibition Augenscheine - Karten und Pläne vor Gericht [Legal inspection plans – maps and plans at court] can be seen at Reichskammergerichtsmuseum, Hofstatt 19.
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),
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.
January 15, 2015 - April 4, 2015 – Chicago
What is love? According to Chicago’s Newberry Library, that was the question Googled most frequently in 2014. At the Newberry, 60 W. Walton Street, a new Love on Paper exhibit shows love indeed does come in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe — especially when it’s expressed on paper. Displaying the likes of heart-shaped maps from the early days of printed cartography, elaborately constructed Valentine’s Day cards, and even 13th-century missives from Dante swooning over his Beatrice, Love on Paper features an eclectic array of items ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love.
January 16, 2015 - July 19, 2015 – Singapore
The National Library of Singapore, 100 Victoria St., presents Geo|Graphic: Celebrating Maps and Their Stories, a series of curated exhibitions and programs that will showcase how Singapore and the region around it have evolved over the past centuries, through hundreds of rare and original maps and creative art pieces. Visitors can explore the exhibition’s five levels and have a look at the history of Singapore and Southeast Asia from the explorer’s perspective. Geo|Graphic: Celebrating Maps and Their Stories is made up of four main exhibitions:
– Mind the Gap: Mapping the Other – Level 7, 8 and 9
– Land of Gold and Spices: Early Maps of Southeast Asia and Singapore – Level 10
– Island of Stories: Singapore Maps – Level 11
– Sea State & Seabook | An Art Project by Charles Lim – Level 11
The exhibition “Land of Gold and Spices” includes rare maps of the region from the National Library of Singapore and the British Library. On the other hand, “Mind the Gap” showcases the work of three contemporary artists (Michael Lee, Jeremy Sharma and Sherman Ong) who utilize different types of cultural and social data, as well as books and video installations, to create new and interesting connections.
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.
February 2, 2015 - October 25, 2015 – Boston
The exhibition Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction can be seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street. The exhibition, curated by Stephanie Cyr and Lauren Chen, examines the many types of maps that accompany works of fiction and features items from the 16th century to the present day. In this exhibition of 40 items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to a story. People and creatures, even those who exist only in tales, are related to place, and maps of their imaginary worlds allow readers to be transported into the geography of fantasy. Maps of imaginary places have accompanied literature for centuries, as visualizing the fanciful worlds described in works of fiction sets the stage for events taking place in a story and often provides insight into the characters themselves. The exhibition examines maps from geographical fiction, which often combine elements from the natural and cultural world. Maps from stories which take place in the “real” world, like the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, are included, along with those from works of action and adventure. In addition, the visitor will encounter maps of locations to which characters travel in works of fantasy, such as Neverland from Peter Pan and the Lands Beyond from The Phantom Tollbooth.
February 6, 2015 – May 17, 2015 - Rostock, Germany
The Rostock Cultural History Museum is located in the historic Convent of the Holy Cross, Rostock’s Cistercian nunnery founded in 1270. The current exhibition Prächtig Vermessen. Mecklenburg auf Karten 1600 bis 1800 [Superb Surveying. Mecklenburg on Maps 1600-1800] attempts to trace the development of the representation of Mecklenburg on printed and manuscript maps in the period between the mid-sixteenth to the late eighteenth century. Included are works of the cartographers Gerardus Mercator, Willem Blaeu and Johannes Janssonius and other German, Dutch, French and Italian maps of the 17th and 18th centuries. See the web page for a list of lectures, talks, and guided tours relating to the exhibition.
February 7, 2015 - May 31, 2015 - Greenwich, Connecticut
The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, unveils its latest exhibition, (Re)Discovering the “New World”: Maps and Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration, in the Museum’s Lecture Gallery. Featuring more than 30 European-made maps and sea charts inspired by New World exploration, and published between the years 1511 and 1757, the exhibition presents a study in geographic and human progress, as well as a feast for the eyes.
February 26, 2015 – September 6, 2015 –
Mapping Brooklyn, a new exhibition featuring contemporary art works that use mapping and cartography as themes alongside actual historic maps, is collaboratively presented at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street (exhibit is only until May 3, 2015 at this site), and Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street. The historic maps will be drawn from Brooklyn Historical Society’s collection, one of the richest collections of maps of Brooklyn in the world. Included are fire insurance maps, transportation maps, demographic maps and nautical charts, among others. A colorful pictorial road map to the 1939 New York World’s Fair, a commercial edition of a Red Scare-era map depicting enclaves of suspected radical activity and a detailed map of one of Brooklyn’s earliest botanic gardens, showing plots of exotic plants and fruits, are among the dozen or so maps and atlases on display.
February 27, 2015 – August 13, 2015 – Boulder,
The Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library, University of Colorado, 2200 Colorado Avenue, is featuring a new exhibit, Expressions of Rocky Mountain National Park: A Centennial Celebration, featuring a selection of art, maps, and companion writings and objects showcasing the park’s natural wonders and 100-year history. The featured items range from early cartography, descriptive letters, photographs and area specimens to contemporary art, recreational maps and poems.
March 1-31, 2015 - Chatsworth, Georgia
The Chief Vann House Historic Site in Spring Place will feature another special display this month. This time the subject is maps. Over the years the site has accumulated a variety of maps, and they have been displayed at different times, but it’s been a while. Since there is not an appropriate permanent display area, the maps will be out for public viewing in both the Robert E. Chambers Visitor Center as well as in the Vann House itself for the next few weeks. Among the maps on display are originals and historic reproductions of maps going all the way back to the days of Spanish occupation and French claims to what is now Georgia from the 1500s up through the early 18th century. Other maps on display are a 1776 image titled a “General Map of the Southern British Colonies” which includes North and South Carolina along with east and west Florida as well as Georgia. A highlight is a 1795 Georgia map which shows “Vann’s Town” here before the current house was even built. Rounding out the display are maps of the Cherokee Nation — East and West — from the 1800s.
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.
March 21, 2015 – October 12, 2015 – Washington
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum is forming a new museum complex opening March 21 on GW's Foggy Bottom campus at 701 21st Street, NW. Dedicated to art, history, and culture, the custom-built museum will display The Textile Museum’s highly regarded collections of more than 19,000 non-Western textiles and carpets, and pieces owned by the university, including the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection of 1,000 artifacts documenting the history of Washington, D.C. The first exhibition, Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801, will feature items from the Albert Small Collection. Washington, D.C. was the result of political compromise and artistic imagination. In 1792, George Washington charged French-born architect Pierre “Peter” Charles L’Enfant with a momentous task: to envision the capital of a new nation from a swath of private properties and plantations at the confluence of two rivers. Seat of Empire: Planning Washington, 1790–1801 will present historical maps and related images that tell the story of this early experiment in urban design that shaped the landscape of our nation’s capital. Admission is free for museum members, children and current GW students, faculty and staff. A suggested donation of $8 for non-members will support the museum’s exhibitions, collections and educational programs. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
March 30, 2015 – June 2015 – Denver
Pictorial Maps of the 20th Century: Popular geographic information presented for beauty and amusement can be seen at University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, 2150 E Evans Ave. The 1920s ushered in a new style of cartography that almost caricatures traditional maps. Designed by modern commercial artists, these maps were designed for tourism, commercial advertising, or to illustrate the news and other themes. Known as Pictorial Maps, they integrated narrative, geography, and a sense of humor in a way that was both useful and visually striking. This exhibit, drawn from the private collection of Wesley Brown, follows the innovative style of pictorial mapping from the 1920 through the 1980s.
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.
April 13, 2015 - June 28, 2015 – Denver
Mapping the 20th Century: Original Maps from the Denver Public Library can be seen 5th Floor Map Area, Western History/Genealogy Department, Gates Reading Room, Denver Public Library, 10 W Fourteenth Ave. The 20th century saw a revolution in maps used for public consumption. Maps became more visually arrestingbecause of better graphics,color, and creative presentations. This exhibit provides an overview of the natureand variety of maps of Colorado from 1900 onward, including cities, mountains, tourist destinations, and commercial publications. Of special interest are maps by the Clason Map Company, a Denver based cartography and printing enterprise.
April 24, 2015 - July 17, 2015 – Antwerp
In the sixteenth century, Antwerp developed into an international commercial capital. The city’s appearance changed very quickly. Enormous population growth led to the rapid development of the city centre. One crucial change to the urban space was the construction of the Spanish fortifications from 1542. At the same time, the city was extended northwards in order to develop a new district and port area (the Nieuwstad or ‘New Town’) there. In 1567, a citadel was added to the fortifications, reconfiguring the cityscape once again. Prestigious public and religious buildings were also constructed in the city during the Golden Age. The exhibition Drawing the City at Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, follows the main construction drives and contributions to the city’s development through the use of maps and city plans. It considers the underlying functions and intended purposes of the maps: to glorify the city and draw attention to its special qualities. The map’s orientation can also reinforce the message the mapmaker wishes to convey. Two extraordinary city maps are compared: Antwerp by Vergilius Bononiensis (1565) and the oldest known hand-drawn city map (late 16th century).
April 18, 2015 - July 19, 2015 – Antwerp
Ortelius is generally recognised as having created the first modern atlas, the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” (Theatre of the World), published in Antwerp in 1570. In his first edition of the “Theatrum,” he already refers to place names in antiquity, and this subsequently results in a separate publication in 1587, the “Thesaurus Geographicus.” And again in his “Parergon,” a collection of his historical maps that he had previously published in various editions of the “Theatrum,” he portrays ancient history, sacred and secular, and shows the extent of the Roman Empire in Europe. Abraham Ortelius under the spell of classical antiquity can be seen at Museum Rockoxhuis, Keizerstraat 12. This exhibition will include a range of these historical maps together with some printed works showing Ortelius’s reconstructions.
May 2, 2015 – November 29, 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.
May 22-31, 2015 – York
The Yorkshire Museum holds a copy of William Smith’s (1769-1839) famous map of the geology of England and Wales. This was published in 1815, and pioneered the use of fossils to identify and trace layers of rock across large distances – a technique still used today. Smith has been known as ‘Strata’ ever since. He was the uncle of the Yorkshire Museum’s first keeper, John Phillips (1800-1874), and the map was registered in the collections in 1824. By this time Smith was living in Scarborough, and he and Phillips gave a series of lectures in the region, illustrated using this map. Yorkshire Museum is joining the nationwide bicentenary celebrations by conserving and displaying this map alongside its Yorkshire story for the first time.
September 13, 2015 - December 6 2015 - Lemgo,
Weltvermesser – Das Goldene Zeitalter der Kartographie [World surveyor - The Golden Age Cartography] provides an overview of European cartography of the 16th to the 18th century. The focus is on the development of the modern world-view, which developed in the light of new geographical discoveries and astronomical knowledge. On display are maps, atlases and globes, and tools used for land surveying, astronomy and map-making. Many pieces are borrowed from the Berlin State Library. There is an accompanying richly illustrated catalog. The exhibition can be seen at the Weserrenaissance-Museum Schloß Brake, Schloßstraße 18.
February 2016 – January 2017 - Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of 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 the New York Historical Society in 2017.
April 2017 – August 2017 – New York
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the exhibition We are One: Mapping the Road to American Independence. The exhibition was developed by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in commemoration of 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.