Baltimore Festival of Maps

Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square

Maps: Finding Our Place in the World isn’t the only map exhibition the Walters Art Museum is involved with; Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square is an art exhibition in Mount Vernon Place that “features contemporary art by 10 emerging MICA artists that is interactive, explores new and abstract ways of understanding historical mapping concepts, and reflects myriad approaches to mapping and way-finding.” Baltimore City Paper has a review.

Look Now Look All Around

Julie Jankowski: GPS, Amsterdam Dawn Gavin writes in to tell us about an exhibition she’s curating at the Maryland State Art Council’s James Backas Gallery, in conjunction with the Baltimore Festival of Maps: Look Now Look All Around.

Inherent within the construction of a map are the illusions of both stasis and veracity. Given the discrepancies that exist between the map and what it represents, we are never exactly where we believe ourselves to be. “Look Now Look All Around” features work by Maryland artists who utilize maps and related systems of spatial orientation, organization and demarcation to reveal what might ordinarily be invisible or overlooked.

Until June 13. At right, “GPS, Amsterdam” by Julie Jankowski.