New York Map Society
Map Exhibitions/Events
Ongoing
New York Map Society Secretary/Webmaster Andrew Kapochunas
recommends "Unlocking Two Revolutionary War Era Maps: The Ratzer Maps    
at
Brooklyn Historical Society." August 27, 2016, marked the 240th    
anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the first major battle of the American
Revolutionary  War. In honor of this occasion, the Brooklyn Historical  Society    
is displaying two rare Revolutionary War era maps that chronicle the landscape  
of 18th-century Brooklyn in remarkable detail.
Ongoing
New York Map Society member Jack Eichenbaum recommends you see the
Museum of the City of New York exhibition:
"NY at its Core: 400 years of NYC
History."
 Jack says: "I found it AWESOME (a word I use with discretion!). This
exhibit will require multiple visits, and incorporates history, geography, ecology,
and culture, and the narrative uses words, pictures, maps and objects.”
1770 The Ratzer Map
Through October 28, 2017
"To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great
War,"
at the Osher Map Library, Portland, Maine.
Americans relied on print images to understand World
War I before and after the US entered the war in   
March 1917. Their understanding  of Germany as an
enemy was shaped by propaganda maps and posters,
while newspaper maps helped them follow the war’s
battles. In Europe, maps of the trench systems and of
the   Western Front were vital to the success of the
American Expeditionary Forces. "To Conquer or
Submit..." commemorates and explores American
participation in the Great War—the “War to End All   
Wars”—with a sample of   informative and
propagandistic posters, maps, and atlases from the
collections of USM’s Osher Map Library.
"Order of Battle on the Western Front,
11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918"
Osher Map Library
November 3, 2017 – March 11, 2018
The New York  Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, will display the
exhibition
"Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence." The
exhibition was developed by Boston's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center in
commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act. The
exhibition uses maps,  hand-drawn and hand-printed in the 18th and early 19th
centuries, to illuminate the tremendous changes—geographic, political, and
economic—that occurred before, during, and just after the Revolutionary War.  
The New York Historical Society has added rarely seen manuscript and printed
maps from its premier collection
to what is a remarkable selection of maps at the
core of the exhibition traveling from the Leventhal Map Center at the Boston  
Public Library. Among the additions are a selection of maps drawn in the field by
Robert Erskine, Geographer and Surveyor General of the Continental Army, and
his successor Simeon Dewitt, and a copy of John Mitchell’s Map of the British  
and French Dominions in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits and
Extent of the Settlements (1755) to which John Jay added red lines to indicate
proposed boundaries during the negotiations of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
October 19, 20, 21, 2017
The first Ruderman Conference on Cartography is being   
held at the David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University.    
An international group of speakers will discuss the latest in the
history of cartography and related fields. The opening   
reception will be held on Thursday evening followed by a
keynote speaker and then two full days of talks on Friday and
Saturday. The registration fee is $100, $25 for students.
Registration for the general public is now open.
November 18 @ 2 pm
Philadelphia's Franklin Institute curators will illuminate perforations in the
"Heraldic" Star Globe by German mathematician and astronomer Erhard Weigel
(1625-1699), one of eighteen globes known remaining in the world. Weigel
developed a system for renaming constellations with the coat of arms of
European rulers and added civil insignia, creating metal globes now studied as
documents of cultural history.  We will also view some circa 1862 movable Star
Charts produced by Henry Whitall, who received a Scott Medal from The   
Franklin Institute in 1883, and a pocket sundial. The precise room location is to  
be announced. Museum entrance fee required. Dinner to follow nearby.
Non-members of the Philadelphia Map Society are welcome to attend, but
must RSVP to Barbara Drebing Kauffman: philamapsociety@gmail.com
Through November 15, 2017
"You Are Here NYC:  NYC: Art, Information, and Mapping"
Curated by Katharine Harmon, author of "You Art Here – NYC: Mapping the
Soul of the City," with Jessie Braden, Director, Spatial Analysis and
Visualization Initiative, Pratt Institute
c1596: Giovanni Antonio
Magini: "Universi Orbis
Descriptio Ad Usum
Navigantium." BLR
Collection
Through February, 2018
The Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library announces the opening   
of
"Beneath our Feet," an exhibition which delves into the exploration and
mapping of a wide variety of underground “worlds,” from volcanoes, to
catacombs, to natural gas pipelines.The exhibition begins with maps and    
artifacts related to subjects in the natural sciences, such as geology and
geological oceanography, displaying efforts to study everything from the    
geysers in Yellowstone National Park to underwater features off the coast of
Boston. Visitors will see how technological advances have changed our
understanding of geology and landscape, and then, in the exhibit’s second major
theme, how they allowed us to begin altering the underground world. Maps   
related to coal mining, transmission lines, drilling, and natural gas pipelines  
explore how humans have transformed the underground landscape through the
particular lens of our energy infrastructure. Visitors can also see maps related to
other human activity underground, from the catacombs of Sicily to the ruins of
Pompeii.
Through November 4
DC Moore Gallery, 535 West 22nd St., NYC 10011, presents Joyce
Kozloff:
"Girlhood," an exhibition that unites the artist’s ongoing mixed
media cartographic art with recently unearthed childhood drawings.   
Kozloff discovered folders containing her carefully preserved grade   
school art during the emotional process of packing up and closing her
parents’ house after their deaths. Her occasionally phantasmagorical and
meticulously painted archaic charts offer a dialogue between the youthful
wonderment preserved in her elementary school drawings and adult
geographical knowledge. These works bear a riveting similarity to her
oeuvre of the last 25 years – maps, charts, decorative flourishes,
information organized in graphs, and vignettes that expand the worlds
depicted. "The Voyage Out": Michael Frank in Conversation with Joyce
Kozloff: Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30pm. Reception to follow.
Please RSVP to rjohnson@dcmooregallery.com
2017 "Art Girl." DC Moore Gallery
Through December 2
On view for the first time in its entirety at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects,   
at 535 West 22nd St., New York City, is artist Agnes Denes' "Psychograph," one
of several works that are part of her Study of Distortions, which led to her best-
known series of works on paper: Map Projections (1973–81), in which she re-
envisions the globe as a fanciful, mathematical form projected into a pyramid,
doughnut, egg, snail, cube, hot dog, and other shapes. Four are on view.
Agnes Denes: Map
Projections: "The Egg"