The Kansas City Star
by Alice Thorson
October 5, 2012
Maps from around the world inspire works in Kemper Museum’s exhibition
War, politics, alliances and annexations. Maps record them all — the countries that emerge or disappear, the name changes and redrawn boundaries, the targets and no-go zones, the spheres of influence and domination.
“The Map as Art,” a new exhibition at the Kemper Museum, encompasses all of these aspects of the map and more. Curated by the museum’s director, Barbara O’Brien, and Katharine Harmon, author of a 2009 book, “The Map as Art,” the exhibit features seven artists who turn the visual conventions of mapmaking to their own conceptual and imaginative ends.