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
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM
Hsin-Chien Huang: The Data We Called Home
Curated by Professor Linda Lauro-Lazin, Assistant Chair, Department of Digital Arts
Opening reception: Thursday September 22, 6-8 PM
On View: September 23, 2022 – March 4, 2023
Pratt Manhattan Gallery is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition showcasing the work of multi-disciplinary artist Hsin-Chien Huang. The show opens on September 23, 2022 in Pratt Institute’s newly renovated gallery space at 144 W 14th Street in Chelsea.
Curated by Linda Lauro-Lazin (Pratt Institute’s Assistant Chairperson of Digital Arts, Adjunct Professor), Hsin-Chien Huang: The Data We Called Home is the artist’s first New York City solo show. The exhibition will remap Taiwanese folklore, the ethics of digital surveillance, space exploration and the body-mind dichotomy across different media, and will feature a seminal collaboration with artist Laurie Anderson.
The exhibition will highlight the broad scope of Huang’s complex body of work, featuring virtual reality films, sculptures, and videos that present new perspectives on the immersive possibilities of mixed media art practices.
Special thanks to the Taiwan Ministry of Culture; Taiwan Creative Content Agency; National Taiwan Normal University; Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government; Kaohsiung Film Archive; and Fou Gallery, Brooklyn, NY for supporting the artist.
VR hardware support provided by VIVE Studios and VIVE Arts.
The artist considers stories to be guides for reimagining his life. At the age of 4, Huang lost sight in his right eye. At 14, the cornea from a donor in Sri Lanka brought light back to the eye that had been veiled for a decade. Ever since then, the world he sees is in part through the eye of this unknown deceased person. This experience was extremely enlightening for the artist: life and flesh now seem interchangeable. His corporeal flesh no longer belonged to him; instead, it transformed into a mysterious vessel where one rests temporarily. After he came of age, he registered as an organ donor and imagined how the cornea in his right eye may continue its journey to another one’s body, continuing its gaze upon the world after his death.
Huang brilliantly draws upon this sense of enlightenment to interpret stories through large-scale interactions between performance, mechanical apparatuses, algorithmic computations, and video installations that also reference history, and point to a greater potential for humanity. He is also committed to interdisciplinary STEAM education as a distinguished professor at the Department of Design, National Taiwan Normal University.
In recent years, Huang’s revolutionary VR works have attracted international attention and won a variety of awards. His VR film Chalkroom, made in collaboration with Laurie Anderson, won the Best VR Experience Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival in 2017. Bodyless won an Honorable Mention at the 2020 Ars Electronica Festival and the Golden Mask at the Newimages Festival in Paris. His new work Samsara won the Jury Award at the Texas SXSW Festival in the United States, Grand Prize for the Best VR Narrative at the Cannes Film Festival XR category and Honorary Mention in the Computer Animation category at Prix Ars Electronica.
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
“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!
Noam Gonick, 1919, 1997, 35 mm film (8:25 min) transferred to digital, single-channel video
Photo credit: Szu Burgess
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!
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.
Jin Yong Choi
Jennifer Chia-Ling Ho
So Ye Oh
Cass L Rinsler
Meirav Zaks Zilberman
(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.
From Forces to Forms
Curated by Ellen K. Levy
February 1 – April 27, 2022
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
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).
Adam Brown and Robert Root-Bernstein
Marta de Menezes and María Antonia González Valerio
María Elena González
This project was made possible in part by Pratt Institute’s STEAMplant Initiative.
2021 Film/Video Senior Showcase and Community Quilt, Fashion Class of 2021
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 Huggins, Keyin 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.
Exhibition on View at Pratt Manhattan Gallery Window
Pratt Fine Arts, Civic Engagement Series
On view April 29 – June 22, 2021
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.
“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.