Visual artist Jerry Gretzinger has been working on his map for 49 years. It began with a doodle, and became a cartographic project of unprecedented imagination. And, beginning today (Thursday), it will be on display in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center for nine days.
Not that Gretzinger is going to stop working on the map of his imaginary country “Ukrania” during its stay in North Adams; he will continue to add to his creation, while filmmaker Greg Whitmore documents the artist and his work.
How big is it? The map contains “over 2,600 painted and collaged panels spanning a jaw-dropping 2,000 square feet.” Jerry’s Map is definitely not something you have a chance to see every day.
Jerry’s Map opens tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 5) at MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) and will be on view through Oct. 14. On Saturday (Oct. 6), there will be a Meet the Artist party from 5 to 7 PM; tickets to the party are $5 (free to MASS MoCA members). For more info, call (413) 662-2111.