Cartography - Archive of Exhibitions Which Closed in 2004

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May 15, 2003 - January 8, 2004 - Portland, Maine Mapping the Republic: Conflicting Concepts of Territory and Character of the USA, 1790-1900 at The Osher Map Library, USM's Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Avenue; (207) 780-4850; Tues.12:30-4:30 p.m.; Wed., Thurs., 12:30-4:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Fridays, school groups by appointments; Sat.10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Two distinctive views of America during the 19th century can be seen through this rare collection of American-made maps and globes. Four large wall maps emphasize the concept of the United States as a Union, with its territorial expanses accompanied by presidential portraits and Revolutionary War views. Other maps emphasize the sovereignty of individual states, reinforced by text from the Constitution. The exhibit includes 45 maps and globes from the library's collection, including Mansfield's rare map of Maine from 1855.

April 2003 - January 15, 2004 - San Francisco
An exhibit entitled Mapping America has opened at the San Francisco Airport Museum featuring the David Rumsey Map Collection. The exhibit also employs digital screens with images of the exhibition maps taken from the Rumsey online Map collection. The show provides a unique look at America's historical evolution through a selection of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth -century maps. Rumsey says he can't image a better place to exhibit his private map collection than the airport, the only accredited museum in an airport in the country. The installation includes 74 maps, atlases, guidebooks, globes and charts from his private collection, which numbers more than 150,000 pieces. The Mapping America exhibition is open 24 hours a day, free of charge. It is located pre-security in Gallery D-5 Central South Connector, located between Terminals 1 and 2 near the Delta and American Airline gates.

July 2003 - January 2004 - Scotland
Mapping the Realm, Timothy Point's Portrait of Renaissance Scotland is a small traveling exhibition prepared by the National Library of Scotland, which will be touring throughout Scotland, over the next few months. The exhibition explores Pont's life, the background to his manuscript maps (the first detailed maps of Scotland prepared in the 1580s and 1590s) and his contribution to the first atlas of Scotland - volume 5 of Blaeu's Atlas Novus (1654). For information contact Project Pont, Map Library, National Library of Scotland, 33 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SL; tel: 0131 466 3813, fax: 0131 466 3812. Venues are:
July 2003 - Dunbeath Heritage Centre
August-September 2003 - Mallaig Heritage Centre
October-November 2003 - St. Andrews Museum
January 2004 - Aberdeen Central Library

November 2003 - February 2004 - Sevilla, Spain
España y América. Un Océano de Negocios. V Centenario de la Casa de la Contratación, an exhibition organized by la Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales y el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deportes at the Real Alcázar y la Casa de la Provincia de Sevilla.

November 14, 2003 - February 28, 2004 - Washington
The DAR Museum, 1776 D Street NW, in cooperation with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, presents Degrees of Latitude, Mapping North America. Have you ever traveled to an unfamiliar place and found yourself lost, looking for directions? If so, you undoubtedly have discovered the benefits of a good map, something as important today as it was centuries ago. Travelers, historians and cartographers alike will delight in Degrees of Latitude, an extraordinary exhibition of more than 30 historic maps and an atlas of early America. Degrees of Latitude will use maps as a point of departure for understanding the history of American settlement and colonization. These maps, representing each of the original 13 colonies, were selected for their rarity, historical importance and aesthetic beauty. A few, such as Bernard Ratzer's "Plan of the City of New York," are rare or unique examples never before published. The "Custis Atlas," once owned by Virginian John Custis IV, features an additional 100 maps. As this remarkable volume passed through generations of the Custis family, it was familiar to two other prominent Virginians who were related by marriage: George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The museum is open 9:30 am to 4:00 pm weekdays and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Closed Sunday. Admission is free.

October 16, 2003 - March 14, 2004 - Richmond, Virginia
Charting the Old Dominion: Maps and Books from the Collection of Alan M. Voorhees. Featuring maps and books from the Voorhees collection, including the influential eighteenth-century atlas of navigational charts, "The English Pilot" (London, 1732) and a copy of Thomas Jefferson's "A Summary View of the Rights of British North America" (in the exceedingly rare Williamsburg edition of 1774). Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard. Phone (805) 358-4901.

January 29, 2004 - April 4, 2004 - Miami
"Where is my Florida?" History of Florida in Cartography at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue. Experience Florida's history and evolution through its graphic representation in this unique collection of historic maps from the Claude Alix collection. For information call 305-235-1668 extension 225.

October 8, 2003 - April 30, 2004 - Boston
Faces & Places focuses on the history of the many different cultures that shaped and now define the City of Boston. The exhibit is on display in the Orientation Room of the Boston Public Library's National Historic Landmark McKim Building in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St. The exhibit teaches visitors about the eight countries from which the greatest numbers of Bostonians originate: Cape Verde, China, the Dominican Republic, England, Haiti, Ireland, Italy and Jamaica. Seventy maps, dating back to 1633, are included in the exhibit and represent the breadth and depth of the map collection at; the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Styles include woodblocks, lithography and hand-colored maps. Photographs of Boston youth from these eight countries are juxtaposed with the maps along with essays written by the teens.

Until May 5, 2004 - Washington Map Exhibit currently on display at the Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, located at 2370 Massachusetts Avenue NW. The exhibit, The East Sea in Old Western Maps, documents cartographic usage with respect to the Sea of Korea/East Sea/Sea of Japan. The exhibit is open weekdays only, free of charge to the public, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Additional information may be obtained from Counselor Kee Woo Lee at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (202 939 5600).

April 23, 2004 - May 22, 2004 - Leuven, Belgium
Canada on the map - Cartes du Canada - Canada in kaart - To commemorate the arrival of Samuel Champlain in Nouvelle-France 400 years ago and the beginning of French colonisation, the University of Leuven with the support of the Embassy of Canada has set up an exhibition showing beautiful maps from the collections of the Central Library and the Faculty of Theology. From the 16th century there is a world map in a Ptolemaeus edition of 1511 and work from the Southern Low Countries from Gemma Frisius, Mercator, de Jode and Ortelius. The Dutch Golden Age is represented by Joan en Willem Blaeu, Frederik de Wit en Joannes Loots. The 18th century is represented by Nicolas Sanson, Pierre Vander AA en Matthaeus Seutter and from the 19th century there is a 1865 Colton atlas. Besides, there are also some interesting maps on missionary work by Duval and Scherer and descriptions of the land and its population by Montanus, Lafiteau and Charlevoix. The exhibition shows how mapmaking of the Eastern seaboard and the Canadian hinterland evolved during the centuries. It took until far into the 19th century until all areas of the vast lands of Canada had been charted. The exhibit is running at the Central Library of the KULeuven, Ladeuzeplein. Opening hours on weekdays from 9 a.m to 6:30 p.m. - on Saturdays from 9 to 12.

October 31, 2003 - May 28, 2004 - San Francisco
Drawn from its collection of over 1,000 specimens, The Society of California Pioneers is pleased to exhibit a selection of rare and influential maps in Territorial Ambitions: Mapping the Far West, 1772-1872. The exhibition spans the period of Western exploration in the later eighteenth century, when California was often depicted as an island, up until the establishment of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. During this time, vast, uncharted areas west of the one-hundredth meridian were gradually explored, mapped and remapped, while utopian fantasies of "lost" cities of gold, a northwest passage to India, and an American Arcadia on the Pacific Slope were reconciled with geographic reality. Territorial Ambitions contains approximately fifty maps from The Society's collection that have never before been shown publicly. The exhibition features such major works as Didier-Robert De Vaugondy's 1772 Carte de Californie, La Perouse's journal of 1785-88, John Frémont and Charles Preuss' 1842 Map of Oregon and Upper California, and Thomas O. Larkin's 1849 Map of the Valley of the Sacramento including the Gold Region. There are mining maps by Edward Ord and William Jackson and The Official Map of the City of San Francisco by William M. Eddy. The exhibition also includes railroad maps, topographical maps, bird's eye views, nautical maps and coastal surveys. All of these maps were instrumental in helping to determine the economic and political future of the American West. The Society of California Pioneers' building is called Pioneer Hall, located at 300 Fourth Street (at Folsom). Museum Hours: Wednesday - Friday, and the 1st Saturday of each Month 10am- 4pm. For additional information contact Vicki Wiese, Visitor Services Coordinator, The Society of California Pioneers, Tel 415-957-1849 // Fax 415-957-9858.

May 3, 2004 - June 12, 2004 - Darmstadt, Germany
Polen in Europa, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, Schloß, D-64283 Darmstadt.

March 1, 2004 - July 3, 2004 - Richmond, Virginia
Maps, Charts, Atlases: The Alan M. Voorhees Collection at the Library of Virginia. A display of maps recently donated to the Library by Alan M. Voorhees. Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street.

May 1, 2004 - July 11, 2004 - Venice
Il territorio nella società dell'informazione - dalla cartogafia ai sistemi digitali [Territory in the Information Society - From Cartography to Digital Mapping] at Musei Civici Veneziani, Museo Correr, San Marco 52.

May 2, 2004 - July 18, 2004 - Darmstadt, Germany
Imago Poloniae - Die Sammlung Tomasz Niewodniczaski (Bitburg), Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Friedensplatz 1, D-64283 Darmstadt.

May 13, 2004 - July 24, 2004 - Brussels
Contemporary Art and Cartography - In their will to represent, explore and reinvent the world, to draw their own itineraries, or to find an anchorage, some artists of today are calling more and more on the cartographic medium or on an elaboration of imaginary cartography. Considered as a formal record, an imprint of reality, a means to measure or orient, a tool for prospecting, a vehicle for critical reflection or an intimate and subjective geography, maps are used in multiple ways and are subject to many different interpretations, often complementary. The Institut Supérieur pour I'Etude du Langage Plastique, 31, bd de Waterloo, is presenting a view of this trend through the cartographical proposals of 20 artists from 7 different countries: Belgium, France, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and the US. This group comprises confirmed as well as young talents, using several means of expression (drawing, engraving, painting, collage, photo, video) and highlights multiple facets of the general theme. Monday to Saturday 11-17.30. Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

January 23, 2004 - July 25, 2004 - Santa Rosa, California
Henry and Holly Wendt, founders and proprietors of Quivira Estate Vineyards & Winery, announce the first public showing of historic maps dating from 1544 to 1802 from their private collection. Presented as Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark, the Quivira Collection, the pieces on display have been selected for their importance in chronicling the dramatic history of the exploration of the Pacific Coast of North America from the first Spanish exploration to President Thomas Jefferson's decision to commission the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The unique exhibit of more than 30 pieces will take place at the Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street. Plans call for the exhibit to travel to museums around the country before returning to permanent display at the Quivira Winery. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sundays, 11am - 4pm; telephone: (707) 579-1500, fax: (707) 579-4849.

July 30, 2004 - August 25, 2004 - Berlin
Ungarn auf historischen Karten [Hungary in historical maps], Ungarische Botschaft, Unter den Linden 76, Berlin-Mitte (Hungarian Embassy), Mo - Th 13.00 - 16.00 h.

Until August 31, 2004 - Utrecht, The Netherlands
Kaarten uitgelegd: Hoe kaartenmakers de wereld verbeelden [Maps explained: How map makers depicted the world] at the Utrecht University Museum, Lange Nieuwstraat 106. Through historical and modern maps, instruments and globes, the Museum shows how the cartographer simplifies the world and why he does this. The University Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11.00 until 17.00.

June 26, 2004 - September 26, 2004 - Baruth, Germany
Die Erfindung der Landschaft. Baruth im Blick der Kartografen [The fiction of landscape. Baruth from view of cartographers] at Frauenhaus Schloss Baruth, Sa. 14 - 17 h, So. 12 - 17 h and by arrangement.

Until September 30, 2004 - Washington
Taking a Closer Look: Images from the Albert Small Collection. Washington Map Society Member and local real estate developer Albert Small loaned 37 rare prints, posters and maps chronicling the capital city's birth and growth for this exhibit at the city's newest museum. City Museum, 801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square. Tuesday-Sunday 10AM - 5PM. Closed Mondays. Admission charge. Phone 202-383-1800.

September 2, 2004 - October 9, 2004 - San Francisco
On Artist Yolanda Ramirez's hand drawn map of the Mission District, Valencia Street is represented as a crowded row of coffee mugs, burritos, women's blouses and forks. A detailed legend in the bottom left corner indicates that these images represent cafes, Mexican food joints, clothing stores and restaurants. At the corner of Guerrero and 16th is a small note in Yolanda's writing -- "I like to have a cup of coffee in the morning." In fact, Yolanda's map is as much about Yolanda and her daily experience of the urban landscape as it is about street names and landmarks.
Yolanda's map and dozens of others created by artists with developmental disabilities will be displayed at San Francisco's Creativity Explored as part of the new exhibition You Are Here. The gallery, 3245 Sixteenth St. at Guerrero, is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. All artwork is available for purchase through the gallery.

June 19, 2004 - October 10, 2004 - Rotterdam
Van Keulen: Two Centuries in Maps at the Maritime Museum. Exhibition about the work of the Van Keulen family: an Amsterdam based family of map makers between 1680 and 1885. Emphasis lies on the two maritime atlases produced by the Van Keulens.

September 14, 2004 - October 16, 2004 - Stuttgart
Karten in unserer Hand - Kartographie im Alltag [Maps in our hand - cartography in everyday life], at Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 8. The exhibits range from the seventeenth century up to modern times. On the one hand, characteristic types of maps for everyday use are displayed (e.g. city maps, hikers' maps, touring maps of the 1950s and 1960s, produced by the big petrol companies). On the other hand, the exhibition shows how cartography appears on various items of everyday life (e.g. stamps, mouse pads, phonecards, beer mats, jigsaws, card games).

August 8, 2004 - October 17, 2004 - Bad Muskau, Germany
Wechselnde Identitäten. Das nördliche Schlesien und die angrenzenden Lausitzen im historischen Kartenbild [Changing Identities. Northern Silesia and adjacent Lausitz in historical maps]; Neues Schloss Bad Muskau.

May 9, 2004 - October 17, 2004 - Gotha, Germany
Kupferstecher - Kartenkünstler - Kosmographen, Museum für Regionalgeschichte und Volkskunde, Schloss Friedenstein, D-99867 Gotha.

Until October 17, 2004 - Washington
Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. This exhibition brings to Washington for the first time approximately ninety objects from the collection of the Hispanic Society of America in New York. Emphasizing themes of longevity, continuity, and transmission in the Islamic decorative arts and sciences of medieval Spain, the exhibition presents works dating from the time of the Arab conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the 8th century to the final phase of Muslim life in Spain in the 16th century. One of the most winning pieces in the entire exhibit is a map of the world attributed to Giovanni Vespucci, nephew to our eponymous Amerigo, in 1526; believed to be a copy of the Spanish government's secret military/commercial charts, it places Spain squarely at the center of the universe, with ships headed off in all directions and its imperial eagles - the two-headed symbol later adopted by the Hapsburgs, as King Philip II was both Holy Roman emperor and king of Spain-dominating North America. In intriguing contrast, an earlier map by the 12th-century Iudeo-converso (converted Jew) Mallorcan cartographer Pere Rosell, tellingly focuses on the wind patterns and port-to-port distances of the Mediterranean only to the Old World, north, south and east.

August 9, 2004 - October 30, 2004 - London
Lords of All They Survey: Estate Maps at Guildhall Library, Guildhall Library Print Room, Aldermanbury, London EC2, 9.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, free admission. On display for the first time are original 16th to 19th century's estate maps from the Manuscript collections of the Guildhall Library. Covering London and the south east of England (in particular Kent and Essex), the maps show a fascinating picture of the English landscape and its agriculture, and of London estates, in the early modern period.

June 7, 2004 - October 30, 2004 - Oxford
The Bodleian Library University of Oxford announces its Summer / Autumn Exhibition 2004 - Medieval Views of the Cosmos: Mapping Earth and Sky at the time of the 'Book of Curiosities'. Open Monday to Friday 09.30-16.45; Saturday 09.30-12.30, Bodleian Library, Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle, Broad Street.
A rare opportunity to see a stunning display of medieval maps - terrestrial and celestial. This major exhibition on the cartographic traditions of medieval Europe and the Islamic World centres upon a unique 11th-century Arabic treatise, the anonymous 'Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes' acquired by the Bodleian Library in 2002, its 400th anniversary year. Most of the illustrated pages of the 'Book of Curiosities' are displayed in public for the first time, alongside many Western and Islamic manuscripts and artefacts from Oxford collections.

March 20, 2004 - October 31, 2004 - Bath, England
Heaven Above... Earth Beneath - Celestial and Terrestrial Maps from the Dallas Pratt Collection. Images and maps of earth and sky, heaven and hell, both practical and fanciful, from the twelfth century to the late Renaissance. More than 40 items are on display at The American Museum, Claverton Manor. Items on display include Schedel's depiction of the Seventh Day of Creation, Ruysch's 1507 map, Waldseemüller's Ptolemaic world, Salamanca's double cordiform projection, Ruscelli's double hemisphere, Isidore's T-O map, Borgia's world map, and the Fool's Head map of the World. Open Tuesday - Sunday: Grounds 12-6pm, Exhibition & Gallery Shop 12-5.30, Main Collection & Folk Art 2-5.30pm (last entry 5pm). Mondays: closed except during August and Bank Holidays

June 4, 2004 - October 31, 2004 - Lausanne, Switzerland
Images du Monde: une histoire de la cartographie at Musée Historique de Lausanne, Place de la Cathédrale 4.

October 17, 2004 - October 31, 2004 - Verona, Italy
Dal Mondo A Verona at Chiesa di San Pietro Martice, piazza S. Anastasia. Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-17.00.

October 5, 2004 - November 26, 2004 - New York
Documenting Distant Lands - Maps of New Netherland, New Amsterdam and New England from the Walsh Library, Fordham University. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Saturday; Center Gallery, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60.
The maps in this exhibition have been selected from the Library's collection of rare maps that describe New England, New Netherland and New Amsterdam. The are generous gifts of Bert Twaalthoven, a Fordham graduate of 1953 and his wife Maria, who graduated from Marymount in 1954. These beautifully graphic charts, printed on copper plates and hand colored, span a century from 1556-1664 when the English gained control of the territory and renamed it New York. Land masses and oceans are described and identified with inserted images of Native Americans, records of flora and fauna and vignettes of seventeenth century life in the harbor and city of New Amsterdam. The maps will be on permanent display in the Walsh Library Reference room on the Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University, following this exhibition at the Lincoln Center Campus.

October 6, 2004 - December 17, 2004 - Stuttgart
Frankreich in deutschen Schulatlanten [France in German school atlases], Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart, Konrad-Andenauer-Str. 4.

October 2, 2004 - December 21, 2004 - Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Putting Wisbech on the Map - an exhibition of maps and plans of the Wisbech area, a new exhibition at the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1ES. Admission is free. Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm; Thursday 2pm to 4pm. Tel: 01945 583817.

August 31, 2004 - December 26, 2004 - Seoul, Korea
The Way Europe Imagined Korea, at the Seoul Museum of History, is an exhibition of Western maps showing Korea collected by a number of Koreans over time. The purpose of the exhibition is to explain to Koreans the development of the image of Korea on Western maps and the process of map making in the West.

February 1, 2003 - December 31, 2004 - Brussels
Bruxelles à ciel ouvert - Brussel tussen hemel en aarde - Brussels between Heaven and Earth at the Brussels Town Museum at the Great Market. Tuesday to Friday 10-17 h, Saturday and Sunday 10-13 h.