Chazen Museum of Art


Marginalia in cARTography on View at the Chazen Museum of Art February 28–May 18


Madison, Wis., February 10, 2014—The subject of the show opening February 28 at the Chazen Museum of Art is marginal. Literally. “Marginalia” was coined in the early 19th century to mean the notes, scribbles, and doodles that readers have added to the margins of books and manuscripts since antiquity. Marginalia in cARTography explores the marginalia on maps dating from the thirteenth century through the 1960s. The exhibit includes nearly fifty maps drawn from thirteen libraries across the country, including UW–Madison’s Department of Special Collections and the Robinson Map Library.

This exhibition explores the visual discourse between marginal artistic images—sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant—and the maps where they appear. The marginalia sheds light on the content and purpose of the maps, their authors and patrons, and on the historical period when they were made. The exhibition also explores cartography as an art form, with a focus on the representations in the map margins.

Marginalia in cARTography Marginalia in cARTography is guest curated by Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, 2012-13 David Woodward Memorial Fellow in the History of Cartography, an art historian who specializes in the iconographical analysis of maps and the artistic interest of historical cartography. Ms. Sáenz-López will give a lecture Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:30, followed by a reception with music by the Kat Trio.

Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. The David Woodward Memorial Fellow in the History of Cartography was hosted by the UW–Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities and the History of Cartography Project. Ms. Sáenz-López’s research was made possible through the generosity of Arthur and Janet Holzheimer.

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Exhibit-related events

Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. Lecture: The map is on the edge, the truth is in the margins, Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, guest curator. Chazen Museum of Art.

Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. Reception with music by The Kat Trio. Chazen Museum of Art.

Also of interest:

March 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Panel discussion with Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez, Woodward Fellow; Jaime Stoltenberg, Map and Geospatial Data Librarian; Tom Tews, Geography Librarian; and Jude Leimer, Managing Editor, History of Cartography Project. This panel presentation is part of  “The World at Your Fingertips: Geographic and Cartographic Treasures in Science Hall,” hosted by Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, cosponsored by the Robinson Map Library, the Geography Library, and the History of Cartography Project. Science Hall, 550 N. Park St.                

Digital images for media use are available upon request. Contact: Kirstin Pires, Editor, 608-890-4469,

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