Sunday, March 16, 2008–Sunday, June 8, 2008
11:00 AM–05:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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Organized by The Field Museum and the Newberry Library, Chicago, this special exhibition will be the most ambitious American exhibition devoted to maps since the great show mounted in Baltimore more than 50 years ago. Visitors will come face-to-face with some of the world’s greatest cartographic treasures, not only maps made by great cartographers of the Middle Ages and the age of exploration, but also seldom-seen and exciting artifacts from around the world that will broaden visitors’ knowledge of the almost universal human activity of map-making. The exhibition will feature a variety of unique, rare, and often beautiful artifacts, including maps on cuneiform tablets, medieval maps, manuscript maps of explorers, globes, maps of areas all around the earth, and maps of nowhere: utopias and imaginary maps. Highlights include three maps by Leonardo da Vinci, J. R. R. Tolkien’s map of Minas Tirith, and Thomas Jefferson’s map of the proposed contours of the states of the Union.
Baltimore will host a Festival of Maps in conjunction with the Walters' maps show.
Maps: Finding Our Place in the World is on view March 16– June 8, 2008. This exhibition is organized by the Field Museum and The Newberry Library. Presented by Navteq.
Maps: Finding Our Place in the World is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The exhibition at the Walters Art Museum is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor. Additional support is provided by Signal Hill, a Contributing Sponsor, and Mr. and Mrs. John R. Rockwell.
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Maps: Finding Our Place in the World
The most ambitious American exhibition devoted to maps in more than 50 years, this special exhibition features some of the world's greatest cartographic treasures.
600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201 (The Walters Art Museum)
The Walters Art Museum
Collecting Histories and Collecting Mysteries: Great Art Collectors of America's Gilded Age
Time: 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Inge Reist will bring alive the personalities of Gilded Age collectors as they formed some of America’s most dazzling and admired collections. Her talk will also explore their motivations and methods of acquisition, as well as their philanthropic legacies. Reist is Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library.
Member Preview Hours
Time: 02:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Members have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a sneak peek at "From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story". This reinstallation of the permanent collection explores the lives, times, tastes, and legacy of William Walters and his son Henry Walters, whose private passion for art grew into a public mission to bring art to the people of Baltimore.
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Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Gesture Drawing
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
NEW! Join us for a brand-new family drawing workshop! Young artists are invited to strengthen their observational drawing skills and build their portfolios while exploring works of art in the Walters’ collection. Let go of preconceived notions of drawing and find freedom in line, expression, and mark-making. Recommended for ages 9–13 and their favorite adults.