Unfathomable City cover
July 17, 2019

6–7:30 p.m.

520 Royal Street

Admission is free, and registration is required.

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Susan Larson hosts a monthly conversation with authors, artists, and audience members, in conjunction with Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation. This month's event will feature Rebecca Snedeker's Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas and Guest Curator Jan Gilbert. Admission is free, and registration is required.

From the publisher:

Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions. More than twenty essays assemble a chorus of vibrant voices, including geographers, scholars of sugar and bananas, the city's remarkable musicians, prison activists, environmentalists, Arab and Native voices, and local experts, as well as the coauthors’ compelling contributions. Featuring 22 full-color two-page-spread maps, Unfathomable City plumbs the depths of this major tourist destination, pivotal scene of American history and culture and, most recently, site of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. 

The innovative maps’ precision and specificity shift our notions of the Mississippi, the Caribbean, Mardi Gras, jazz, soils and trees, generational roots, and many other subjects, and expand our ideas of how any city is imagined and experienced. Together with the inspired texts, they show New Orleans as both an imperiled city―by erosion, crime, corruption, and sea level rise―and an ageless city that lives in music as a form of cultural resistance. Compact, lively, and completely original, Unfathomable City takes readers on a tour that will forever change the way they think about place.