BorderWork(s) students curate exhibit on urban cartography

Mapping the City: A Stranger's Guide recently opened at the Perkins Library Gallery. The exhibit is curated by a group of undergraduates who have been working for some year and a half at the BorderWork(s) Lab, under the supervision of faculty co-director Philip Stern and graduate TAs Andrew Ruoss and Erica Sherman. The show is on view through March 18, 2013.

Mapping the City showcases a number of historically interesting, visually arresting maps from the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The exhibit also asks the viewers to re-consider their assumptions of what maps are. (Navigation tools? Representations of objective reality? Works of art?) As the curators write on the exhibit's companion website:

Maps silence as much as they reveal. They are beautiful and compelling. They are arguments and propositions. They can show the fingerprints of national power or the anxieties of international rivalry. They can be read as historical texts.  They can represent something more than just a place. They can be treated as works of art. They can raise questions of what makes a map accurate and even what makes a map a map in the first place.

The Duke Chronicle has a very nice article about the exhibit and its opening reception - read it here.

Here are some photos from the reception, courtesy of FHI Program Associate Hannah Jacobs:

 

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Some of the student curators: (right to left) Jeremy Tripp, Minn Htet Khine, Sophia Durand, Beth Blackwood, Lauren Jackson, Mary Kate Cash.

 

 

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This impressive map cake was the centerpiece of the reception!

 

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The assembled crowd, mingling.