Beginnings: Drawing Early Architecture

An exhibition at the Keller Gallery, MIT
May 12th – August 15, 2013
Curated by Timothy Cooke and Andrew Ferentinos

This exhibition of artwork, curated and designed by Timothy Cooke and Andrew Ferentinos, coincides with the spring 2013 publication of the book "Architecture of First Societies: A Global Perspective" (John Wiley and Sons) by MIT School of Architecture Professor Mark Jarzombek. On display will be a selection from the more than three hundred hand drawings and maps that were created for the book. The exhibition will showcase both the extraordinary and diverse subject matter of the drawings as well as the artistry and craftsmanship of these highly detailed, large format works, which were created by MIT students over the last three years. Depicting subjects ranging from a cross section of the Neolithic site, Newgrange, to a step-by-step illustration of Pygmy hut construction, this exhibition will pull apart the process by which these works were created, presenting the original pen-and-ink drawings in their pre-published state alongside finished digital composites developed for the book. At a time when the use of hand media in architectural representation is increasingly rare, this exhibition highlights the beauty and utility of the hand drawn architectural illustration.

The team putting the exhibition together is:

Timothy Cooke, SMArchS '12 (co-curator, co-designer, and artist)
Andrew Ferentinos, SMArchS '12 (co-curator, co-designer and artist)
Anne Callahan, SMACT '13 (catalogue designer and fund raiser)
Nicholas Wilkes Polansky, MArch '14 (artist and fund raiser)