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An Atlas of Imagination: Drawing Fictional Spaces Workshop

Jan
27

Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. ET Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY

An in-person session of Annie Coggan's popular workshop for writers on visualizing fictional spaces. This January, join us at Cooper Hewitt to explore how architectural drawing can help bring to life a fictional world in a hands-on workshop inspired by the exhibition An Atlas of Es Devlin. Led by artist and designer Annie Coggan, participants will create their own series of freehand architectural drawings to visualize and interpret spaces for their fictional characters to inhabit; and together we will look at passages from Edith Wharton, Henry James, Mark Twain, and other writers who describe interior spaces.

This program is held in partnership with Cooper Hewitt. All workshop participants will receive a copy of The Book of Errors by Annie Coggan, courtesy of A Public Space Books.

This workshop is sold out.


Annie Coggan

is an artist, designer, and founder of Chairs and Buildings Studio. The Book of Errors, her imagined architectures of three historic American structures, was published by A Public Space Books. A professor in the School of Design at Pratt Institute, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Belfast, Maine.


The Book of Errors

The book takes its title from the preservation missteps and preconceptions of those involved. Through her renderings of imagined architectures, Annie Coggan considers how narratives of history are configured. The parallel stories by Mark Hage—entwining the factual and the imagined—frame and give form to these portraits, giving overall shape to the interaction of text and image. A collection of drawings, ephemera, and imaginings, The Book of Errors​ ​invites us to new possibilities that may or may not have happened, but that become stories of our mind, each in our unique way. 

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