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The Convention of Cartography

Location

Performed in a small house in the middle of a courtyard on W. 17th St

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The Convention of Cartography is a traveling exhibit featuring the collected works of an itinerant, now deceased folk artist named Mike. The event begins with a presentation by the exhibit’s curator, who speaks of his travels with Mike as a young boy. Since Mike’s death, he and his wife have been retracing Mike’s travels across America to find and retrieve the art objects he left behind in diners, gas stations, highway rest areas and underpasses, union halls, peoples’ attics, etc. The curator shares videoed interviews with Mike, which he conducted over Mike's final days in a cancer hospice. The audience is then invited into another room where all the works that have been collected thus far have been installed. As people explore this museum, interacting with Mike’s artworks, the maps of his travels, and with one another, a narrative begins to emerge — a haunting enigma about the nature of truth, art, and the unknowable of those we love.

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Written by  W. David Hancock
Directed by 
Melanie Joseph
Featuring W. David Hancock, Nancy Hanway, Dennis Baumwell

 

From the tactile to the analytical … a precious feast for all the senses.
VILLAGE VOICE

One of the most arresting pieces I’ve seen … a tantalizing new wrinkle in
the art of participation.
NEW YORK NEWS DAY

OBIE Award for BEST PLAY

Drama Desk nominee for “Most Original Theatrical Experience”