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Mapping New Orleans: The Broadsides of Unfathomable City



Friend and former resident Benjamin Morris writes about the Unfathomable City Print and Broadsides project on Pelicanbomb.com

In honor of the publication of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, New Orleans Museum of Art, in partnership with A Studio in the Woods, and with the support of the National Endowment of the Humanities, initiated a series of public programs and broadsides inspired by this unique compilation of maps and essays. Coauthored by Rebecca Solnit and (former resident!) Rebecca Snedeker, Unfathomable City highlights the many contradictions and treasures found in this city. From January through June, NOMA and ASITW issued four broadsides featuring maps from Unfathomable City, and each map launch featured a series of events with collaborating writers, artists, and cartographers. Together we considered the movements of native peoples and coastal erosion, plumbed the depths of low sounds and soils, and pondered the pleasures and brutalities of sugar and the invisible poisons in lead and lies.

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