A Symposium at the Newberry Library, Chicago, June 20-21, 2013
This symposium is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art
The Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography is now taking registrations for “Pictures from an Expedition: Aesthetics of Cartographic Exploration in the Americas.” The two-day symposium, organized by Dr. Ernesto Capello (Macalester College) and Dr. Julia Rosenbaum (Bard College), is supported in part by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. “Pictures from an Expedition” will bring together national and international art historians, historians, and geographers to present and discuss research on the visual material produced during nineteenth-century explorations in the Americas.
The nineteenth century represents a high point in mapping expeditions at the hemispheric level as nations expanded into hitherto “unknown” territories. These expeditions produced vast troves of visual and artistic material. Alongside maps, these included sketches, drawings, paintings, photographs, and tourist brochures. The symposium focuses attention on maps as aesthetic objects produced in dialogue with other aspects of nineteenth-century visual culture. Papers by prominent and emerging scholars place the historical development of American cartographic aesthetics into hemispheric relief in order to investigate commonalities and distinctions in both the United States and Latin America.
No registration fee is required to attend the symposium. However, persons wishing to attend must register in advance by contacting Kristin Emery (firstname.lastname@example.org; 312-255-3657) or Jim Akerman (email@example.com; 312-255-3523). Registrations will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.