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Pratt Manhattan Gallery

From Forces to Forms, installation view, photo by Jason Mandella Photography
Jason Mandella Photography

Pratt Manhattan Gallery supports the educational goals of Pratt Institute by presenting exhibitions that reflect the interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares Pratt students for success in creative fields and professional practice.

144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011 
212.647.7778
exhibits@pratt.edu 

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM

Pratt Manhattan Gallery is now open to the Pratt Community, and to guests who meet the requirements below. Advanced Registration is required for gallery events (see exhibition details below).

Access Requirements to Visit:

In order to provide a safe environment for those attending Pratt Institute’s events and exhibitions, attendees are asked to comply with the following protocols as well as to respect instructions given by Pratt Institute’s staff. Please note that conditions are subject to change during the pandemic and to check pratt.edu for the latest information about Pratt events. 

All visitors age five and older must present one of the following items to enter the gallery:

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccination card (or photo)
  • NYC COVID Safe app
  • New York State Excelsior Pass
  • NYC COVID-19 vaccination record
  • An official COVID-19 immunization record from outside NYC or the US

An ID is required (for adults) that matches the vaccination record.

Everyone must wear masks completely covering the mouth and nose while indoors on Pratt’s campus. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available on Pratt’s campus for use.

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Upcoming Exhibition

The Work of Love, the Queer of Labor

Curated by Olga Kopenkina

On View: June 24-August 20, 2022

Opening Reception: Thursday June 23, 6-8 PM

Learn more about the exhibition through the Exhibition Brochure and Virtual Tour.

“The Work of Love, the Queer of Labor” is an exhibition of drawing, photography, video, posters, and installations that explores both historical and imagined connections between queer and left activism. By reviewing queer identities from the class perspective, and class identities ––through queer sensibilities, the artists in the show rediscover political potentialities within today’s LGBTQI+ cultural paradigm(s). The exhibition also links today’s queer activism to the history of gay and lesbian liberation movements, which entertained the faith that people can build a self-regulating worker’s society by liberating both love and labor––in opposition to a commodified and exploited homosexual body.  The artists included in the show come from diverse geographic locations and historical backgrounds, such as South Africa, Russia, Estonia, USA, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Canada.

Exhibiting artists: Angela Beallor, Daughters of Bilitis/Kay Lahusen, Dyke Action Machine!, Yevgeniy Fiks, Gay Liberation Front/Peter Hujar, Hugo Gellert, Noam Gonick, Hagra, Harry Hay, William E. Jones, German Lavrovsky, Erik Moskowitz + Amanda Trager, Zanele Muholi, Jaanus Samma, Aliza Shvarts, Werker Collective + Georgy Mamedov, and Yes! Association/Föreningen JA!

Image credit:
Noam Gonick, 1919, 1997, 35 mm film (8:25 min) transferred to digital, single-channel video
Photo credit: Szu Burgess
Courtesy of the artist


Recent Exhibitions

(Left) Na’ye Perez, Laugh Now Cry Later, 2021. Acrylic, spray paint, swishers, backwoods, MTA cards, newsprint, plastic packaging, gel transfers on canvas, 50 x 54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and REGULARNORMAL. (Right) Jackie Slanley, guards 1, 2022. Plexiglass and hardware, 17 x 11 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Chromotherapy in an Age of Doubt

Fine Arts MFA Alumni 2020 Exhibition
May 17 – June 4, 2022
Visit the exhibition virtually!

Opening Reception May 16, 6 – 8 PM
Registration required (Pratt Community and Guests)
Registration to vist May 17-June 4, 2022

Curated by Yasmeen Siddiqui 

By default, and by design, we bring together a wildly diverse selection of works by artists who completed the Graduate Fine Arts program at Pratt Institute in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. They have gone on to forge pathways that surprise in our era. For today, their works are cast as a colorful array to remind us of what it is to move in a space where light and color are beyond our control. 

Participating Artists:

Hannah Celli
Jin Yong Choi
Katie Croft
Dewy
Ambrus Gero
Evelyn Golden
Spencer Harris
Jennifer Chia-Ling Ho
Dasol Hong
Rodrigo Jimenez-Ortega
Kosuke Kawahara
Kunyi Lin
Josh Meillier
Emmett Metier
Duff Norris
So Ye Oh
Yaw Owusu
Amber Peck
Na’ye Perez
Cass L Rinsler
Robert Scherier
Jackie Slanley
Allie Stabile
Caito Stewart
Talia Tamar
Alyssa Thornton
Chao Wang
Angelica Yudasto
Meirav Zaks Zilberman

Image Credit: 
(Left) Na’ye Perez, Laugh Now Cry Later, 2021. Acrylic, spray paint, swishers, backwoods, MTA cards, newsprint, plastic packaging, gel transfers on canvas, 50 x 54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and REGULARNORMAL. 
(Right) Jackie Slanley, guards 1, 2022. Plexiglass and hardware, 17 x 11 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Visit the gallery now virtually to view the current exhibition, and access the digital exhibition brochure here.

From Forces to Forms

Curated by Ellen K. Levy
February 1 – April 27, 2022

David Rothenberg: UNDERSOUND

April 14, 6 – 8 PM; Performance will begin at 6:30 PM

Join us for a musical performance by David Rothenberg, jazz clarinetist, and composer, in conjunction with the exhibition.

Register to attend (for Campus Guests).

The performance will be streamed live on Instagram @prattexhibits

From Forces to Forms Talk Series; in collaboration with UCLA Art|Sci Center, Saturday’s April 2, 9, and 16. More information to attend the online talk HERE

Zoom Panel Discussion
February 15, 6PM EST
Art Today: New Growth, New Form at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, moderated by Ellen K. Levy & Patricia Olynyk, with science writer Philip Ball, chemist Bart Kahr, artist Ursula Endlicher. Organized in collaboration with NY LASER talks. 

To view the video from the talk, visit: Art Today: New Growth, New Form at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Presented at Pratt Institute’s Manhattan Gallery and curated by Ellen K. Levy, a multimedia artist, scholar, and past president of the College Art Association, “From Forces to Forms” explores the nature of form by engaging with the potent forces and processes of nature. By investigating how physical laws shape living and nonliving forms alike — ideas first proposed by D’ Arcy Thompson in his classic tome “On Growth and Form” (1917) — the exhibition explores universal principles of organismic development while delving into the flux and perturbations that characterize life today.

Reflecting Pratt Institute’s commitment to interdisciplinarity, “From Forces to Forms” features works by 19 artists and designers whose practices draw from both art and science and articulate a shared commitment to creating a more sustainable world. These works consider the implications of form generation through a variety of media (from analog to digital), at different scales (from subatomic to macroscopic), and in varied contexts (from prebiotic to ecosystems). 

C-print, face-mounted to plexiglass and back-mounted to aluminum
Tauba Auerbach, Heat Current I, 2020.   C-print, face-mounted to plexiglass and back-mounted to aluminum, 25 1/2 x 36 in. (64.8 x 91.4 cm). © Tauba Auerbach. Courtesy STANDARD (OSLO) and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Lance Brewe

Including Artists:

Ricci Albenda
Gemma Anderson
Tauba Auerbach
Lillian Ball
Adam Brown and Robert Root-Bernstein
Marta de Menezes and María Antonia González Valerio
Janet Echelman
Ursula Endlicher
María Elena González
Haresh Lalvani
William Lamson
Oliver Laric
Christy Rupp
Todd Siler
Paul Thomas
Meredith Tromble
Victoria Vesna

@prattexhibits #FromForcestoForms

This project was made possible in part by Pratt Institute’s STEAMplant Initiative.

Image of the From Forces to Forms gallery space.
From Forces to Forms, installation views, photos by Jason Mandella Photography
From Forces to Forms gallery sculptures.
From Forces to Forms, installation views, photos by Jason Mandella Photography
From Forces to Forms gallery sculptures.
From Forces to Forms, installation views, photos by Jason Mandella Photography

2021 Film/Video Senior Showcase and Community Quilt, Fashion Class of 2021

Pratt Institute Fashion Department: Windows (exterior) and Front Gallery
Pratt Institute Film/Video Department: West Gallery

Windows (exterior) and Front Gallery
Fashion credit: Samara Huggins, Installation view
Film image shown in the West Gallery
Film image credit: Yajarrah Paul, UNO: Secret Little Recipes, film still

Community Quilt, Fashion Class of 2021
July – October 2021

Community Quilt celebrates the Pratt Fashion Department Class of 2021 and highlights three recent graduates, Samara HugginsKeyin Wang, and Miray Atakan from July – October 2021. Starting August 30, 2021, Miray Atakan’s work is featured in the Windows; Keyin Wang’s work is featured inside the gallery; Samara Huggins work is featured at the Brooklyn main campus, in the Fashion Department display. 

The film Community Quilt on view represents a virtual coming together and celebration of the work of Pratt Fashion seniors who continued their final year of studies with the challenges of virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Including: Jillian Arzoomanian, Miray Atakan, Sabrina Brokenborough, Jasmine Bryant, Zimu Cai, Abby Chen, Yuhan Chen, Tamara Cohas, Lara Darling, Elizabeth Difiglia, Alyssa Domenico, Marissa Giordano, Erin Hayes, Junyang He, Samara Huggins, Sarah Howland, Emilia Kaplan, Caroline King, Katrine Kirsebom, Matina Kulusic, Ieok Kio Lam, Xinyu Mao, Madelen Nyau, Dong Hyun Oh, Xue Pan, Yixin Ren, Sophia Simonds, Leihan Tang, Bettina Wagner, Keyin Wang, Yutong Wang, Songlan Wu, Jiajie Xu, Wen Xu, Ziling Xu, Xinyao Ye, Hanxiao Zhang, Vicky Zhou, and Zikun Zhu.

2021 Film/Video Senior Showcase
August 30th – October 2021

On view for the first time altogether, Pratt Manhattan Gallery presents the 39 film/video projects from the 2021 Film/Video graduates. 

Including Directors: Jianhao An, Tamia Bailey, Fiona Bailey, William Bermudez, Thos Brown, Aaron Buckley, Mylo Butler, Amos Chiu, Gianna Cullen, Justin Dorazio, Ben Ettlinger, Matthew Francescani, Sam Friedman, Caden Ghen, Kelley Grade, Alexander Hashim, Abraham Howard, Griffin Kaiser, German Kuzyura, Erika Larson, Calyssa Lavery, Trevor Legeret, Alex Leombruno, Matt Loudon, Shannon Jo Lyons, Nicole Majewski, Begum Malkoclar, James Orr, Yajarrah Paul, Cole Raser, Rego, Mia Russell, Vinny Sacchetti, Yessenia Sánchez, Jake Schwartz, Allison Sirota, Adam Sosnicki, Katrin Spiridonova, and Peter Steininger.

Political Intimacy

Exhibition on View at Pratt Manhattan Gallery Window

Pratt Fine Arts, Civic Engagement Series

On view April 29 – June 22, 2021

Program Launch on April 29th at 7pm, Online

Poster announcing the Political Intimacy event.

A collaboration with Recess: Assembly artists and peer leaders Saint Forza, Tyra Gibbs, Princess Kelly, Geremia Romain, and Darrell Santana. 

Curated by Amy Khoshbin, Fine Arts Civic Engagement Fellow, with Brooklyn Engaged:  Erin Benard, Taylor Dean, Alexis Laneuville, Malena Ramsey, and Zichen Oliver Yuan.

Participating Candidates & Representatives: Erik Bottcher, Jabari Brisport, Phara Souffrant Forrest, Michael Hollingsworth, Crystal Hudson, Kristin Richardson Jordan, Paperboy Prince, and Jumaane Williams.

Artists on View: The Brothers Sick (Ezra and Noah Benus), Elektra KB, Ellen Coleman Izzo, Sarah Kanu, Olek, Paperboy Prince, Steve Powers, and Matisse Robinson.

Political Intimacy demystifies and humanizes the process of running for local office through a series of video interviews between local political candidates and representatives, Recess: Assembly participants, and Pratt Institute students. An aligned exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery also tackles questions regarding some of the most pressing issues at the citywide level. 

For more information, click here.

Thank you to the Pratt Studio in Social Practice students, Pratt Electoral Working Group, Recess Art, and NYPIRG.

Wish We Were Here

The Department of Digital Arts presents recent projects by M.F.A. graduates.

On View: March 9 – April 7, 2021

Including Jack DiLaura, Suzi Hyun, Sumin Lee, Zoe Li, Tong Lin, Noth (Qinyuan) Liu, MK Luff, Ofer Shouval, Mohit Shukla, and Jake Wright. 

A photograph of a digital sculpture worn as a VR headset and with images on outer screens.
Jake Wright, Identity Mask, 2020. Interactive Sculpture/Wearable
Wish We Were Here gallery pieces with a faded film image combined with a series of black suclptures.
Zoe Li, Comb Machine: The Regulation of Hair, 2020, mixed media

Wish We Were Here is a group exhibition by recent Digital Arts MFA alumni separated by the pandemic. This exhibition creates experiences that provide audiences agency to explore critical issues in this unique moment in time. The artwork in this exhibition demonstrates a nuanced understanding by these artists of interactive installations and objects, digital images, video, animation, and digital mixed media. We are proud of the accomplishments of this group and of all our Digital Arts alumni whose work can be found featured in important publications, collections, galleries, museums, and new media institutions.”

Peter Patchen, Chair Digital Arts and Animation

While we remain closed to the public, many of the works can be seen from the street! A free exhibition brochure will be published this spring and posted on this website.

New Old: Designing for our Future Selves

February 7–May 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 6–8 PM

In Conversation: Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design
Royal College of Art with Pattie Moore, designer, and author of “Disguised a True Story”

Friday, February 7, 5–7 PM
Room 213 adjacent to the gallery

To download the free Pratt Manhattan Gallery exhibition brochure, click here.

NEW OLD examines how innovation and design can reimagine how we live the later stages of our lives. Set against a backdrop of radical demographic change, the exhibition looks at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier, and more rewarding lives into old age, asking the question: how can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly aging society? From robotic clothing to driverless cars, this exhibition rethinks design approaches to aging.

Curated by Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, the exhibition presents creative, provocative, and engaging concept designs across six themes: Ageing, Identity, Home, Community, Working, and Mobility.

Alongside infographics, videos and existing physical exhibits, each section features a special design commission by a leading designer or design team. New projects by Yves Béhar /Fuseproject and Superflex, Konstantin Grcic, Future Facility, Special Projects, IDEO, and PriestmanGoode create solutions for demographic change and address the challenges of aging.

This installment is updated with work by five faculty members from Pratt’s School of Design, including Andrea Katz, Karol Murlak, Mitchell Reece, Alex Schweder, and Keena Suh, along with additional US-based projects.

A touring exhibition from the Design Museum, London, in partnership with the Helen Hamlyn Trust. Sponsored by AXA PPP Healthcare with additional support from Versus Arthritis. NEW OLD is sponsored by The Achelis & Bodman Foundation at Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

Aura Power Suit by Yves Béhar, Fuseprojects and Superflex, courtesy The Design Museum, London.
Aura Power Suit by Yves Béhar, Fuseprojects and Superflex, courtesy The Design Museum, London.
Scooter for Life by PriestmanGoode. Photo by Adam Woodward, courtesy The Design Museum, London.