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
Collateral Damage: The Fate of Cultural Property during Armed Conflict
Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
The 2003 looting of the Iraq National Museum shocked the world. But
despite new efforts to save world treasures, the loss of cultural property
during armed conflicts is on the rise. Corine Wegener, Smithsonian
Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, will talk about her work as a U.S.
Army “Monuments Man” in Iraq. Terry Drayman-Weisser, the Walters’
Director of Conservation and Technical Research, will describe damage
to Iraq’s ancient Nimrud ivories and continuing efforts to preserve Iraq’s
cultural heritage. Sponsored by the Boshell Foundation.
Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Language of Shape
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. Explore the principles and basic language of shape as we learn to simplify visual complexity. Recommended for ages 9–13 and their favorite adults.
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The Art of Ancient Hairdressing
Time: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
See ancient sculpture in a whole new way through the eyes of hairdressing archaeologist Janet Stephens. Find out how ancient Greeks and Romans created their elaborate and beautiful hairstyles without hairspray, bobby pins, or even shampoo!