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BENDING LINES Discussion with the Washington Map Society

Jul 30, 2020 · 7:00 pm

Find out how maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth in BENDING LINES: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, a free online exhibition by the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opened May 27 online.

Hear the curator in conversation with the Washington Map Society.

“Curator Garrett Dash Nelson will introduce BENDING LINES, a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Bending Lines extends the category of “persuasive cartography” to interrogate a broader question of truth and belief as they are constructed through cartography and data visualization. Ranging from C16 attempts to reconcile Ptolemaic geography with the European discovery of the Americas to present-day maps that take a critical approach to data and GIS, Bending Lines explores how the reliability and accuracy of maps is always structured by social, political, and institutional context. The exhibition was originally planned for physical display at the Leventhal Map & Education Center’s gallery at the Boston Public Library, but, due to pandemic closures, was reimagined as a digital-first exhibition, accompanied with interactive material and remote activities.” -From the Washington Map Society website

For more information about this exhibition, see our dedicated page.