Technology has re-made maps but, no matter the format, we will always rely on them to find our way -- and to fire our imaginations. At The Katonah Museum of Art, maps are re-imagined in the exhibit, "Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art." They also are front and center for activities at the Museum's Family Day on October 24.
"Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art" gathers art of many media to explore the notions of "borders and boundaries, identity and colonialism, journeys -- both real and imagined, memory and nostalgia, and tourism and travel," as the Museum explains it.
Paula Scher's 2007 hand-pulled screenprint, "The United States (White)," provides its own commentary about boundaries. A teacher and an artist, Scher has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Cooper Union, Yale University and the Tyler School of Art. Her advice to fellow artists is in synch with how the Museum defines its exhibit. “Be culturally literate, because if you don't have any understanding of the world you live in and the culture you live in, you're not going to express anything to anybody else.”
Scher's work can also be seen in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich; the Denver Art Museum; and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
For the Museum's October 24 Family Day, from 1-4 p.m., author-illustrator Uri Shulevitz will read from his children's book, "How I Learned Geography" at 1:30 p.m. A family tour of the exhibit follows, and throughout the event there are map-inspired activities, including a map-directed museum walk-around, collages and crafts and more. The exhibit is on view now until January 9. Admission to the Museum is $5. For more information, visit the Museum's website.