How would you design a map of the Bronx? Join us for a lively discussion of the Bronx Grand Concourse: A Cultural Map, the new interactive website that takes viewers on a multitude of adventures around the literary and creative history of the borough. Poet, performer, and professor Urayoán Noel, anthropologist / independent curator Libertad Guerra, Executive Director of the Bronx Children's Museum Carla Precht and Olga Luz Tirado, Executive Director of the Bronx Tourism Council, will lead a conversation with the public on the ways in which maps help shape, build, and reflect a community. By examining Bronx Grand Concourse: A Cultural Map, we will think about how cartography is used to define a social group: do we build maps for our peers, with the goal of serving local social and historical interests, or do we build maps to provide a representation of our community to the world outside of the Bronx? How has the Grand Concourse served as index of international cultural zeitgeists or do we map it to put the region in the perceptual map of the world? In either case, what are the spatial politics adjacent to the field of culture and the play between inclusion/ exclusion of the elements that get represented and why?
Location: North Wing Lobby