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|The Map as Art Explores Mapping in Contemporary Art
Opens September 14 at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
| Inspired by the best-selling book The Map as Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents The Map as Art, a group exhibition of works of art that explore issues of mapping and examine the personal gesture in large-scale works. The exhibition asks visitors, "In a map of the world, where are your borders? Where does your map begin and where does it end?" These questions and more are posed in The Map as Art, on view September 14, 2012–April 21, 2013 at the Kemper Museum. It opens with a free, public reception 5:30–7:30 p.m., Friday, September 14.
|Organized by the Kemper Museum and co-curated by Barbara O'Brien, the Museum's director and chief curator, and Katharine Harmon, author of The Map as Art (published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), the exhibition turns its attention to artist who use mapping as a way to make large artistic statements utilizing the myriad small gestures necessary to any depiction of location. It includes a site-specific installation by Nathan Carter and "walk-in" sculpture by Joyce Kozloff, as well as paintings and works on paper that lay claim to entire sections of the gallery. Using the vocabulary of abstraction, some artists illustrate aspects of locations, and others focus on the cultural aspects of place as political divisions between people. Based in reality or imagination, abstraction or representation, the theme of naming and presenting a place joins these diverse works of art.|
|Explorers and scientists have long used mapping as a way to represent new lands, to draw boundaries, and to organize content. While the imagery of mapping frequently lies in traditional iconography, maps themselves are often in flux due to changes in geography, geo-political borders, economic factors, demographics, psychographic patterns, scientific discoveries, and more. Contemporary artists have been drawn to mapping to make sense of a world where borders are both defined and fluid, and the rise in technology has increased one's access to mapping, its related imagery, and the types of mapping available.||
Above: Joyce Kozloff, detail of Targets, 2000; acrylic on canvas with wood frame, 108" diameter; Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York, New York, photo: Jon and Anne Abbott, courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York, New York
|The Map as Art exhibition features more than thirty works of art by seven artists from around the world who literally and conceptually cull imagery from maps and mapping. These artists appropriate the visual language of mapping to address contemporary issues, the space between imagination and reality, or as a chart of the personal history and diaspora of the artist. To orient oneself in these artists' world is to experience the compelling tension between what is mapped and its interpretation. While other exhibitions have examined cartography in contemporary art, this is the first to focus on scale—both intimate and large scale.|
Ingrid Calame was born in the Bronx, New York in 1965, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Nathan Carter was born in Dallas, Texas in 1970, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Tiffany Chung was born in Danang, Vietnam in 1969, and currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Joyce Kozloff was born in Sommerville, New Jersey in 1942, and currently lives and works in New York, New York.
Lordy Rodriguez was born in Manila, Philippines in 1976, and currently lives and works in Vellejo, California.
Robert Walden was born in LaGrange, Georgia in 1968, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Heidi Whitman was born in New York in 1949, and currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.
Artist-led Gallery Talk: The Map as Art
Scavenger Saturdays for Families
b.a.l.m. Maps the Kemper: Lines, Dots, and the Spaces in Between
Double Vision Lecture: Placemaking and GPS
Artist Talk: Lordy Rodriguez: The Map is Not the Territory
Double Vision Lecture: Borders and Boundaries
Family Concert: Dino O'Dell, One World Many Songs
Hours and Admission
Admission is free for all locations.
Support for Kemper Museum exhibitions is generously provided by Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Francis Family Foundation; Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee; David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; William T. Kemper Foundation—Commerce Bank, Trustee; ArtsKC Fund—Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City; Sosland Foundation; and Sunderland Foundation.
For more general information about the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, visit www.kemperart.org.
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