Past Exhibition Bending Lines: Maps and Data From Distortion to Deception

May 27, 2020 through May 13, 2021


May 27, 2020 (Digital Opening) through Spring 2021

Because they seem to show the world how it “really is,” maps produce a powerful sense of trust and belief. But maps and data visualizations can never communicate a truth with no perspective at all. They are social objects whose meaning and power are produced by written and symbolic language and whose authority is determined by the institutions and contexts in which they circulate. This exhibition at the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library examines the many ways in which maps and data can bend the lines of reality.