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Cartography from the Age of Exploration
March 18 - August 10, 2011

Public Reception
Friday, March 18, 7:00-9:00pm

Coffee, Cookies and Conversation
March 24, 3:00 PM, Grinter Lobby

In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the UF Center for Latin American Studies, Grinter Gallery presents “Cartography from the Age of Exploration,” a collection of maps dating to the 16th and 17th centuries from collector and UF Alumnus Steven Keats. Mr. Keats’ collection primarily focuses on cartography of the Americas and the Caribbean by European explorers. The continuity of the display parallels the invention of new navigational tools, fauna and flora discoveries, and progression towards a greater understanding of geography.

The exhibition includes works from Martin Walseemueler, author of the first map of the Western Hemisphere; and Sebastian Munster, author of the first map to conceptualize North and South America as separate continents. Other highlights are two 1572 city views of Cusco and Mexico City, an illustrated map of Walter Releigh’s search of El Dorado, and a 1609 depiction of Asia. While an undertone of the exhibition alludes to mercantile enterprises that later developed into colonialism, the maps also exemplify artistic and textual stylizations, popular myths and folklores, and common assumptions of the time.

Coffee, Cookies and Conversation, March 24, 3:00 PM, Grinter Lobby. Coffee, Cookies and Conversation will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the maps in an informal discussion with Steven Keats.

The University Galleries would like to thank Steven Keats, Hannah Covert, Tony Berry, and Jack Graham for their support in this exhibition.