September 18, 2018 — Narcissister
October 9, 2018 — Pradeep Dalal
Nov 13, 2018 — Lavar Munroe
February 5, 2019 — Jill Magid
February 26, 2019 — Schezerade Garcia
March 26, 2019 — Rochelle Feinstein
April 2, 2019 — James Hyde
Higgins Hall Auditorium
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus
Free and open to the public
Each year Pratt Fine Arts invites contemporary artists to campus for a public lecture and to conduct studio visits with fine arts graduate students. This Visiting Artists Lecture Series (VALS) is coordinated by graduate student leaders. The aim is to provide our students with exposure to a wide array of artists working in a variety of fields at various stages in their career.
Recent visiting artists include: Lorna Simpson, Rico Gatson, Anicka Yi, Jill Magid, Daniel Heidkamp, Nicole Eisenman, Tom Sachs, Aura Satz, Leigh Ledare, Judith Bernstein, Dan Walsh, Kalup Linzey, Keltie Ferris, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Diana Al-Hadid, Mary Walling-Blackburn, Michelle Handelman, Phoebe Washburn, Rashaad Newsome, Dora + Maja, Bryan Zanisnik, Nancy Grossman, Guido Van Der Werve, Carrie Schneider, Tamy Ben Tor and Miki Carmi, Peter Saul, Michael Berryhill, Wafaa Bilal, and Catherine Opie.
Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Masked and merkin-ed, she works at the intersection of dance, art, and activism in a range of media including film, video art, and experimental music. She has presented work worldwide at festivals, nightclubs, museums, and galleries.Her first feature film Narcissister Organ Player premiered at Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals 2018 and she recently completed the Sundance Theatre Lab for the creation of a new theatrical work with playwright Branden Jacobs Jenkins.
Pradeep Dalal is Mumbai-born artist and writer based in New York. His solo show Copy/Scan/Print/Repeat was recently at Sala Diaz in San Antonio. His work was included in Compassionate Protocols at Callicoon Fine Arts, I need my memories. They are my documents at sepiaEYE, Strange Invitation at Franklin Street Works, Picturing Parallax at San Francisco State University,Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic at Murray Guy and Fifty Artists Photograph the Future at Higher Pictures. He holds an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a MArch from MIT. He is co-chair of the MFA in Photography at Bard College and he directs the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grant Program in New York.
Born in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1982, Lavar Munroe is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation art, creating hybrid forms that straddle the line between sculpture and painting. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 and his Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from Washington University in 2013. Munroe lives and works between Washington, DC, and Nassau, Bahamas.
American artist Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as intelligence agencies or the police. Her work tends to be characterized by the dynamics of seduction, the resulting narratives often taking the form of a love story. With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world, she is an Associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a 2013-15 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Scherezade Garcia is an interdisciplinary visual artist born in Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic and based in Brooklyn, New York. Through her practice of drawing, painting, installation, sculpture, animated videos and public interventions, she creates contemporary allegories of history, colonization and politics. Garcia’s work frequently evokes memories of faraway home and the hopes and dreams that accompany planting roots in a new land. By tackling the collective memory as well as the ancestral memory in her public intervention and studio base practice, Garcia presents a quasi-mythical portrait of migration and cultural colonization. She is currently represented by Lyle O Reitzel Art Gallery in Santo Domingo and is faculty at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC.
Rochelle Feinstein is a painter working across varied media, while fundamentally drawing upon the attitudes, attributes and conventions embedded in painting practices. She has exhibited her works nationally and internationally, has written about art and artists; and has lectured at universities, project spaces and foundations throughout in the US and Europe. During 2016-2017, Feinstein’s current retrospectives have been exhibited at three institutions. She was a recipient of a 2017-2018 Rome Prize Fellowship in Visual Arts American Academy in Rome. Since 2018, is Emerita Professor of painting/printmaking, Yale School of Art. Yale University. Feinstein was born in the Bronx and lives and works in New York City.
James Hyde was born in Philadelphia, and moved to New York City at eighteen years of age to pursue a career as an artist. His work ranges from paintings on photographic prints to large-scale installations, photography, and abstract furniture design. He is represented by galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Copenhagen, and has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, among others. He has lectured as a visiting professor at a number of institutions, including Yale University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bard College, and Cooper Union. He lives and works in Brooklyn.
Pratt Institute's Department of Fine Arts 2018/2019 Visiting Artists Lecture Series was made possible in part by a generous grant from The Robert Lehman Foundation.
Additional support provided by Locanda Vini e Olii.