Inspired by the Katherine Harmon's book The Map As Art, Fragile Navigation showcases the works of four artists who the element of maps or a reference to place to explore ideas of psychological or fragile navigation. As Harmon shows in her book through works of various artists, even though we commonly think of maps as tools, in the hands of artists, they can be an intriguing blend of information and illusion. In this show, artists use paint, plaster, photographs, roots, and even dirt to map out the way they see the world.
The title of the show is from Ilana Manolson's large wall installation, based on actual historic maps from the Boston Public Library. An earlier iteration of her work was recently purchased by the Boston Public Library and is currently on view outside Rabb Lecture Hall.