Maps Outside the Boundaries

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Red states, blue states, made up states. Katharine Harmon, editor of The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography talks about her new book, which highlights maps as outfits, political statements and art.

Gallery Show: The Map as Art at Christopher Henry Gallery, 127 Elizabeth Street. 212.244.6004. November 5th-January 10th, 2010. Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 5 6-9pm


Katharine Harmon

Comments [5]

Linda Griggs from lower east side and asbury park

In the last year, I've seen two artists do amazing things with maps.
Ted Stanke makes huge maps of every state with metal and plastic garbage
and Loren Monk, who's known for his videos of art openings posted on youtube, makes huge, amazingly well thought out, paintings showing maps of certain neighborhoods during certain eras so you can see how closely artists associated with certain movements lived to one another other. Examples: Soho Map, Village of the Damned, East 10th Street

Nov. 04 2009 08:51 PM
Christopher Henry from Christopher Henry Gallery 127 Elizabeth St. NY, NY 10013

For all interested, we are pleased to announce The Map as Art, a group show curated by Katharine Harmon, the author and Christopher Henry which opens November 5 - Opening reception November 5, 6 - 9 PM at the Christopher Henry Gallery, 127 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10013. The exhibition presents a diverse group of work in a variety of media, all of which use mapping concepts to explore uncharted territories both formal and intellectual. The show is presented concurrent with the launch of Harmon’s book, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography (Princeton Architectural Press). Please come join - featuring works by Doug Beube, Joshua Dorman, Jerry Gretzinger, Jane Hammond, Emma Johnson, Karey Kessler, Joyce Kozloff, Hayato Matsushita, Meridith McNeal, Florent Morellet, Vik Muniz, Aga Ousseinov, Matthew Picton, Karin Schaefer, Dannielle Tegeder, Heidi Whitman, and Jeff Woodbury.

Nov. 04 2009 03:36 PM
peter from Brooklyn

I have the good fortune to be a map maker, so I get to wallow in maps every day, all day long. I'm also collecitng maps for an exhibit that tells the story of the American Revolution in New York City through maps. One of my favorites is a map in the Library of Congress online digital collection. It is a small piece of paper with marks indicating that is was folded several times and shows roads from from the British landing point near the Verrazano Bridge to Flatbush and Jamaica. There are notes on distances to several towns. Obviously it is a hand drawn map by a British soldier who stopped to get directions from one of the locals to the points of attack on the American defenses. Some things never change, although it is clear that back then real men stopped to get directions!

Nov. 04 2009 12:16 PM
greg from brooklyn

Great timiing for this book! I think that the more GPS and mapquest control peoples sense of Geography, the more we will grow to treasure real maps in all their wonderful forms. People love maps! I sell wall maps to schools all over the city. Little kids like maps, High school kids like maps (although many can't find NYC on one..yikes?!?) Principals love maps. Its amazing to see people engage with real maps who never do....great book! BRING BACK THE MAP before we are all walking down the street with gps gadtes telling us where to go!!

Nov. 04 2009 11:39 AM
Briana from Astoria

I'm so happy to see this book! I have been hanging up maps in my apartment for years. Maps really are a work of art.

Nov. 04 2009 11:35 AM

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