The World According to the
Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science

Focusing on two specific domains, the human body and northeastern North America, The World According to the Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science examined how we depict realms inaccessible to our senses. Artwork by eighteen contemporary artists combined with five centuries of maps and atlases, scientific objects, and genetic sequencing equipment to explore mapping as a creative act that both reflects and shapes our perceptions of reality. Together, the works illustrated how the unavoidable processes of organization, simplification, and adjustments in scale both obscure and illuminate the things they represent. The objects and artworks demonstrated the history of mapping is not just the story of how humans have found their way through the physical space of land masses, rivers, cities, towns, and the next frontier; it also reveals the metaphorical ways in which we have discovered and dealt with complex concepts and ideas about our world and our perception of it.

Artists included David Bakalar, Carol Barton, Theodore Coulombe and Alan Krathaus, Wim Delvoye, Sam Easterson, Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler, Nina Katchadourian, Joyce Kozloff, Micah Lexier, Richard Long, John McQueen, Matthew Ritchie, Lordy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, Erika Ayala Stefanutti, Wenyon and Gamble, Mark Wise, and Denis Wood.

A catalogue including essays by Susan Bender, Bernard Possidente, and Richard Wilkinson, is available. Also included in the catalogue are entries on the artists by Skidmore students and illustrations of the installation at the Tang.

The World According to the Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science was the first faculty co-curated exhibition presented at the Tang and employed a successful blend of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, and art.

Exhibition Name
The World According to the
Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science
Exhibition Type
Faculty Curated
Group Exhibitions
Malloy Wing
Mar 3, 2001 - Jun 3, 2001
Mapping is curated by Susan Bender, Associate Dean of Faculty and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Skidmore College, and Ian Berry, Curator, Tang Museum, Bernard Possidente, Professor of Biology, Skidmore College and Richard Wilkinson, Professor of Biological Anthropology, University of Albany.
Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, David Bakalar, Carol Barton, Jean-Baptiste Marc Bourgery, L.R. Burleigh, Apian Chartes, Arnold Colom, Astley Paston Cooper, J.A. Corey, Theodore Coulombe, Johannes de Ketham, Wim Delvoye, Le Sieur Robert de Vaugondy, David H. Disturnell, Sam Easterson, Kate Ericson, J.D. Fisk, Venice Frisius, Giovani Grimani, Henricus Hondius, Jan Jasson, Nina Katchadourian, Joyce Kozloff, Alan Krathaus, L.H. Lawrence , Micah Lexier, Richard Long, Lotter, John McQueen, Merrian and Moore, Herman Moll, Samuel J. Mott, Henry Popple, Matthew Ritchie, Jacob Robyn, Lordy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, C.J. Sauthier, James Scott, Seutter, John Smith, Erika Ayala Stefanutti, Alfrida Storm, W.H. Thompspon, Andreas Vesalius, Visscher, F.L. Wagan, Wenyon + Gamble, Marc Wise, Denis Wood, Mel Ziegler
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