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Conversations from the Cullman Center: "On This Site": Richard McGuire, Michael Benson, and Matt Knutzen


September 30, 2014

Program Locations:

Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue

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The artist and musician Richard McGuire will be joined by Michael Benson, the multi-media artist and author of Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, and Matt Knutzen, the Geospatial Librarian at The New York Public Library, for a richly illustrated conversation about space, time, and representation, in conjunction with the exhibition “From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book,” on view at the Morgan Library.

This event will take place at the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets.

The exhibition "From Here to Here: Richard McGuire Makes a Book" is a collaboration between the Morgan Library & Museum and The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center. It is made possible through the support of the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation.


Richard McGuire is a writer, artist, craftsman, and musician. His work includes children’s books, toys, and animated films. He is a founding member of the band Liquid Liquid, and his illustrations appear frequently in The New Yorker, McSweeny’s, and The New York Times, among other publications. He was a fellow at the Cullman Center in 2009-10.

Michael Benson is a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and exhibitions curator, whose work focuses on the intersections of art and science. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Media Lab.

Matt Knutzen is the Geospatial Librarian and Curator of the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division at The New York Public Library. He has designed several innovative tools for developing map libraries and databases on the Internet, such as “Building Inspector,” a program that relies on public engagement.  Knutzen is also a cartographer and a visual artist.