Charting the World of Cartography
In the 402 years between the oldest and youngest maps in the Center for Architecture’s “Mapping the Cityscape” exhibition, a lot has changed, and not just in the world being mapped. The exhibition, which kicks off with an opening reception this evening, outlines the ways that cartography has shifted and grown, influenced by technological advancements in visualizing space and the data revolution, which has not only brought us more information about our landscape but also brought us closer to it (536 LaGuardia Pl., nr. W. 3rd St.; 212-683-0023; opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; through July 30).
Sea Air Is Actually Great for Antiques
The East Hampton Antiques Show makes its fifth annual appearance on the East End social calendar this weekend. The show, held on the grounds of the idyllic Mulford Farm, features more than 55 dealers with pieces ranging from Art Deco and Moderne furniture to weather vanes and period jewelry. A Friday-night cocktail party will offer visitors an early crack at the show’s treasures, as well as the opportunity to mingle with benefit chair Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful magazine (10 James Ln., at Montauk Highway, East Hampton; early buying Sa, 9 a.m.–10 a.m.; $20; general admission Sa, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; $10; preview cocktail party Fri., 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.; $150; for tickets, call the East Hampton Historical Society, 631-324-6850; easthamptonhistory.org).
If a Ladder Falls in the Forest…
Elizabeth Streb’s Ascension uses rotating steps and nine climbers to question the essential nature of the ladder: that is, to take us higher. In Streb’s words, “the climb, the ever-revolving Sisyphean ascent to the unreachable top of the ladder, disallows arrival and the accomplishment of the quotidian function to get somewhere.” (It’s also useful for home repairs.) The work is part of the Whitney Museum’s series “Whitney On Site: New Commissions Downtown,” at its new meatpacking-district location, where it hopes to arrive in 2015 (Gansevoort Plaza, at the intersection of Gansevoort St., Little W. 12th St., and Ninth Ave.; July 7–9, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.).