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.”
For the 1939 World’s Fair, city agencies were invited to produce exhibits for the New York City Pavilion, now the Queens Museum. Each exhibit shared “what the various branches of municipal government are doing to serve the citizens of today.” To educate New Yorkers about the water supply system, the Department of Water Supply, Gas, and Electricity, created the relief map now displayed at the Queens Museum. A team of cartographers began work in 1938 with a depression-era budget of $100,000, roughly $1.5 million in today’s dollars. But at 540 square feet, the model was too big for the allotted space. Ten years later, it made its only public appearance in the City’s Golden Anniversary Exposition at Manhattan’s Grand Central Palace. In 2008, after decades in storage, the 27-piece relief map was in desperate need of conservation. The model was sent to McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation Lab in Oberlin, Ohio and restored to its original brilliance. In collaboration with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, it will now remain on long-term loan in its originally intended home in the New York City Building.
October 9, 2018 - April 20, 2019: "Crossing Boundaries: Boundaries: Art // Maps" Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Copley Square, Boston MA 02116 Phone: 617-859-2387 This exhibition “juxtaposes contemporary works of art with selected maps from the collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library. These pairings and trios create dialogues that illuminate the crossing of the traditional boundaries of art and maps, and stimulate a fresh appreciation of both media.”
1581 Heinrich Bünting (1545-1606) “Die gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat …” from "Itinerarium Sacrae Scriptura …" Magdeburg. Courtesy of the Mapping Boston Foundation