Green and yellow collage and drawing of a mapJerry Gretzinger (American) Jerry’s Map (detail), 2013–2017. Acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage and inkjet print on paper. © Jerry Gretzinger

Gallery Talk with Artist Jerry Gretzinger

April 11, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

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In the summer of 1963, Jerry Gretzinger began drawing a map of an imaginary city. Today, the map is composed of more than 3,200 individual 8 x 10-inch panels rendered in a variety of artistic media which fit together like a puzzle. Assembled in its entirety, the map is over 1,500 square feet.

Gretzinger continuously reworks the map panel by panel, simulating the process urban growth. For this project, Gretzinger devised and operates under an elaborate set of rules and specific instructions, which he follows by selecting cards at random from a hand-made deck. As he remakes panels and sections of the map evolve, older panels are swapped out–such as the grid of 20 panels gifted to GRAM and on view in A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions.

Join us for a gallery talk with Gretzinger in which he will discuss this fascinating project within context with other works on view in the exhibition.