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Exhibit Design & Museum-Related Projects: Huntington Library

Mapping Fiction

Jan. 15, 2022–May 30, 2022

Library, West Hall


“Mapping Fiction” is an exhibition focused on the ways authors and mapmakers have built compelling fictional worlds. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the centennial of the publication of James Joyce’s groundbreaking 1922 modernist novel, Ulysses.


About 70 items are displayed, focused on novels and maps from the 16th through the 20th century—largely early editions of books that include elaborate maps of imaginary worlds.


All images are © Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, 2021


The title logotype was drawn from the various collections of maps displayed in the gallery.


The title wall design is reminiscent of map folding and compass elements, with multiple detail images to showcase the breadth and beauty of objects on view.


Salon hung objects and hexagonal text panels enliven the display.


Each gallery wall was painted a different color to emphasize the themes.


A new collection of prints by artist David Lilburn were hung with a bottom alignment on a striking deep teal wall.


A central pony wall divided three cases so each holds your undivided attention.


Two additional posters at the exit provide context for the Octavia Butler collection and the Chinese Garden.

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