Cartography - Archive of Exhibitions Which Closed in 2018


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January 27, 2017 – January 15, 2018 – Houston
Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World, to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State will be in the Hamill Gallery and feature maps dating between 1513-1920. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.



September 14, 2017 - January 16, 2018 - Leiden
Asia is home to many different cultures, which share important characteristics and are diverse at the same time. The exhibition Mapping Asia, in University Library Leiden, Witte Singel 27, investigates a number of the most conspicuous features, such as language, education, urbanization and natural resources. Each characteristic obviously connected to the others. Politics and especially migration have been instrumental in shaping some of these features. How does migration influence the development of cities? Is globalization one the factors in the disappearance of indigenous languages? These and more questions are discussed in this exhibition. This is not an exhibition on historical maps, but an exhibition in which various aspects of Asia will be highlighted using cartography and GIS mapping tool. The exhibition shows several attractive maps on a specific theme especially made for this exhibition, including prints, books, photographs and maps.



October 12, 2017 - January 27, 2018 - Canton, Georgia
The Cherokee County Historical Society is pleased to announce our new temporary exhibit, Mapping Cherokee, Featuring the 20th Century Map and Photo Collection of Lat Ridgway, in the Cherokee County History Museum, 100 North Street. The exhibit focuses on land surveyor, Lat Ridgway, who worked during in Cherokee County during the 1950s-70s. Open W, Th, F 10-5 Sat 10-3.



July 1, 2017 – January 28, 2018 – Tampa
There are a few different dates that may be mentioned concerning the beginning of communications between Florida and Cuba: the 1850's when the McKay family began shipping cattle from Tampa's Ballast Point to Havana, 1886 with the arrival of the cigar industry and the founding of Ybor City or in 1959 with Fidel Castro's takeover. But the history reaches back further. Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection, the new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street, shows definite threads between the Sunshine State and the island for over the last 500 years with over 50 maps, both rare and original, lithographs and other documents. One map, published 1511, shows a crude representation of the "isla de beimini," the native Indian name for Florida, by Peter Martyr, a Spaniard who had traveled with Cristopher Columbus. Other maps depict fifteenth- and eighteenth-century Spanish and British occupations of Cuba and Florida, nineteenth- and twentieth-century development of rail and steamship lines and Cuban tourist maps from the thirties and today.



November 3, 2017 - January 28, 2018 – Madrid
The writer Robert Louis Stevenson once said that he had heard of strange men who were not interested in maps, but did not believe in their existence. Undoubtedly, maps are fascinating objects. Its magnetism is universal. Their appeal comes from the illusion they generate, from their great evocative power: the loneliness of a remote island, access to an unfamiliar region, the omniscient and panoramic view. The Biblioteca Nacional de España, Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22; maintains invaluable cartographic finds: manuscript maps, incunabula, engravings, atlases, nautical charts and hundreds more. The exhibition, held in Sala Recoletos, Cartografías de lo desconocido [Cartographies of the unknown] contains more than two hundred works from the BNE itself and from other Spanish institutions. All of them give shape and allow us to imagine priceless or remote things. They are the medieval mapamundi or the letters of the discoveries. There are maps that show non-existent places and others that reflect invisible phenomena.



September 4, 2017 - January 31, 2018 – Seattle
Curated by Sandra Kroupa, All Over the Map: From cartographs to (c)artifacts is a celebration of cartography, geography, and travel throughout history, showcases all areas of Special Collections, including a wide range of maps, travel literature, decorated book covers, photographs, manuscripts and more. Exhibition can be seen at Special Collections, Allen Library South Basement, University of Washington Library.



October 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
100 Maps That Changed the World: Discovery of the Americas and the Establishment of the United States can be seen Cotilla Gallery, second floor of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. The exhibit features rare maps and atlases from the 15th through the 18th century from the collection of the Asbury family. The maps were selected to illustrate the European discovery of the Americas and the exploration and mapping of the American colonies up and through the American Revolution. The exhibit contains maps by such famous mapmakers as Sebastian Münster; Gerardus Mercator; Abraham Ortelius; the Hondius family; Joan Blaeu; etc.