In “Contemporary Cartographies,” now showing at the Lehman College Art Gallery, artists use maps to convey ideas about time, place, and memory. Working in various styles, artists adapt, manipulate, and invent maps to give them new meanings.
In the digital image “One Heart Beat, 2008,” artist Kevin Van Aelst delicately carves a road map onto the crown of a person’s head. In another installation, artist Margaret Cusack uses denim in a machine-stitched appliqué to render the U.S. map.
The United States map shows up in several of the installments, including artist Karen Shaw’s “The United Shapes of America.” Using mixed media, Shaw replicated each of the 50 states’ land mass, placed them on round discs, and arranged them in rows vaguely similar to the country’s land mass.
Among the materials used in the various installments are a New York City transit map (Meridith McNeal’s “Tiny Bustle Dress” and “Child’s Dress”), a red apple (Kevin Van Aelst’s “Apple Globe”), a carpet (Charley Friedman’s “Carpet World and Balloon”), and honey wax combs and surgical suture thread (Isabel Barbuzza’s “Suspensions”).
In addition to the exhibit, visitors to the Art Gallery can enjoy tours of the Gallery on the following dates: Wed., Feb. 20; Tues., March 5 and Wed., March 20; and April 11.
Also, the Gallery’s “Family Focus” program takes families on a guided tour of the exhibition, culminating with a hands-on studio activity. The tours will take place on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on February 9, March 9, and April 27.
This Valentine’s Day, the Art Gallery will offer free tango lessons, beginning at 1 p.m., with instructor Anabella Lenzu.
“Contemporary Cartographies” is on view at the Gallery now through May 11. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information, visit lehman.edu/vpadvance/artgallery/gallery/