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Jerry's Map

Oct 5-14, 2012
Hunter Center
$5/Free for members


“Jerry has a certain kind of genius. He's a world-builder.” -Mother Nature Network



In 1963 Jerry Gretzinger doodled a map of a small imaginary town. His sketch took on a life of its own and today comprises over 2,600 hand-crafted panels spanning a jawdropping 2,000 square feet. The world depicted evolves and shape-shifts as he works and re-works a panel every day. To guide the evolution, Jerry has devised an elaborate game of chance that features a card deck with instructions—the map’s “future predictor." Each morning he chooses a card at random that determines his course of action for that day—one day he might add new features to a panel, while on the next he might completely void one out. This is hand-wrought Minecraft on a truly massive scale.

Experience the art: Jerry sets up his studio in the Hunter Center, and we display the map (the first time it has ever been displayed in its entirety) during the production of a new documentary film about Gretzinger by Greg Whitmore. Watch this fascinating artist at work, see a film being made, and learn about the game behind the map.

Meet Jerry: Enjoy a meet-the-artist party on Saturday, October 6, at 5 PM. Tickets are $5 (or free for members).

Learn more from the experts: Join us for a FREE panel discussion with Jerry, Greg, local artist Lisa Nilsson, and moderator Shawn Rosenheim at 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 4. Panelists will discuss the complicated pleasure of mapping unseen worlds and how Jerry's Map has inspired online Minecraft modules.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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