When the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art asked us to partner with them for an exhibition this fall, we were intrigued. We love working with other Kansas City icons and showing our hometown pride, and we also appreciate the beauty of great design. But we couldn't have imagined a better fit than this exhibit: "The Map As Art." And when we flipped through Katharine Harmon's book of the same name, we immediately recognized the inspiration that could spark artwork inspired by locations and navigation. In short, it was a perfect pairing.
And things got even better when we heard about their Scavenger Saturdays program, which invites kids and families to use their skills in investigation and discovery to explore the museum. Sounds a lot like geocaching, we said, and they immediately invited us to join the fun. Amy and Jason from the OpenCaching.com team will be on hand to share their enthusiasm for geocaching, to answer any questions, and to give away Garmin prizes! Here are the details:
Sat. Oct. 20, 10 am to 3 pm: Clues, questions, and charts point children and adults in the right direction as they navigate through the exhibition The Map as Art at the Kemper Museum. Young geographers who find their way can continue exploring with a special prize provided by Garmin. Scavenger Saturdays take place on the third Saturday of each month.The collaboration continues in November, when one of our industrial designers takes part in the museum's Double Vision lecture series on Friday Nov. 16: In conjunction with The Map as Art, local sculptor and educator Bryan Park discusses his works and the idea that place is more than a location, and Prototype Model Maker David Ellis offers a look into how industrial design models help Garmin utilize form and function in their GPS devices. Seating for the lecture is first come, first served.
And for those who want to check out "The Map As Art" whenever you're in town, it runs through Apri. Here are more details: Inspired by the best-selling book The Map as Art, this exhibition presents artworks that explore issues of mapping—whether conceptually or quite literally—while also examining the personal gesture involved in large-scale works. The exhibition features works by Ingrid Calame, Nathan Carter, Tiffany Chung, Joyce Kozloff, Lordy Rodriguez, Robert Walden, and Heidi Whitman. The exhibition is co-curated by Kemper Museum Director and Chief Curator Barbara O'Brien and Katharine Harmon, author of The Map as Art (published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).