Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Festival of Maps : Chicago IL

Detail of a Map of Africa, 1562
Courtesy of Northwestern University Libraries

The Festival of Maps, beginning November 2, 2007 and running into 2008, takes place across over 30 different institutions in the Chicago area. They are calling it "a unique collaboration to display humanity's greatest discoveries and the maps that record our boldest explorations." Maps of all sorts: printed maps, painted maps, embroidered maps, digital maps, maps etched into clay tablets...just to name a few.

If you can't get to all of these places, some of the collections can also be viewed online. The Field Museum has a great virtual map exhibit. The Northwestern University Libraries also has their antique African map collection available for view online.

But if you can, I really really really think you should stop by at least a couple of the exhibits. There's so many to choose from. And for future reference, the Newberry Library in Chicago has quite an amazing map collection.

Handpainted map of an Aztec empire, 1524
Courtesy of the Newberry Library

Map of London printed on a leather glove, 1851
Courtesy of The National Archives of the United Kingdom

Map of Chicago, 1857
Courtesy of the William Blair & Company Fine Arts Collection

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