Modes of Mapping, an exhibition that presents a cross-section of contemporary artists engaged in aspects of mapping, will open at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) with a reception in The Shirley Fiterman Art Center (SFAC), 81 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan, on September 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through October 25.
“The work explores a wide range of artistic tendencies that employ cartography as a departure point,” says Lisa Panzera, Director of the SFAC, who curated the exhibition. “The exhibition features 14 artists—including one collaborative—all of whom incorporate distinctly varied approaches; from the investigation of intricate networks, to explorations of identity and place, to depictions of entire imagined worlds.”
Other issues at play in the works on view include the technological, as well as making manifest the invisible. The artworks engage aspects of global positioning systems and radio wave frequencies, and make psychological concerns visually tangible.
Also, Panzera explains, by moving away from the utilitarian function of maps, “The artworks make apparent the ways in which maps are inherently subjective and often political, charting arbitrary boundaries that shape our emotional, aesthetic and geographical perceptions of the world.”
The featured artists include Noriko Ambe, Jeffrey Beebe, Beth Campbell, Mary Ellen Carroll, Nathan Carter, Diana Cooper, Lisa Corinne Davis, Nina Katchadourian, Joyce Kozloff, Larson Shindelman, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Francesco Simeti and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
A venue for diversity and dialogue
Dedicated to organizing exhibitions of contemporary art and cultural programming, the SFAC promotes and enriches the educational mission of BMCC. It presents diverse gallery programs and fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and cultural understanding.
Leading philanthropists and collectors, Miles and Shirley Fiterman amassed a collection based on a deep passion for art and artists, and a profoundly held belief in the transformative power of art and culture. The Fiterman family has demonstrated ongoing commitment to BMCC’s mission to serve students from New York City, across the United States and from countries around the world, who are working to improve their lives through education.
The SFAC also serves as a resource for BMCC and lower Manhattan communities by providing artist talks, tours and exhibitions that are free of charge and open to the public.
For more information, please contact the Shirley Fiterman Art Center at (212) 776-5631, Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. or ShirleyFitermanArtCenter@bmcc.cuny.edu.
Middle Image: Rivers 2, by Joyce Kozloff, 2017
Bottom Image: My Potential Future Based on Present Circumstances (7 8 13), by Beth Campbell, 2013