Oct 5-14, 2012
$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 instructionsâ€”the map’s
“future predictor." Each morning he chooses a card at random that
determines his course of action for that dayâ€”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.