Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection
March 28 – July 31, 2020
Whereas geographers adhere to certain mapping conventions and a largely standardized visual language, artists are free to disobey these rules.
Wayfinding seeks to initiate critical dialogues between historic cartography and contemporary works that challenge assumptions about geography, navigation, land, data, borders, and nation. To that end, a diverse group of six artists—Sonny Assu, Andrea Chung, Liz Collins, Spencer Finch, Josh T. Franco, and Heidi Whitman—have been commissioned to produce exciting and innovative works of art inspired by their personal engagement with Phillips Academy’s extraordinary Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection. Projects will explore numerous themes including the aesthetics of cartography; the cartographic imagination; colonization, marginalization and erasure; data visualization; and map as material and/or metaphor.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Sidney R. Knafel Fund, the Edward E. Elson Artist-in-Residence Fund, and a grant from the Artists’ Resource Trust.