Wednesday, September 13 — Lorna Simpson — Co-sponsored by the Pratt Photography Lectures
Tuesday, October 17 — Anicka Yi
Tuesday, November 14 — Daniel Heidkamp
Tuesday, January 30 — Rico Gatson
Wednesday, March 7 — Jill Magid
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 — Sara Cwynar — Co-sponsored by the Pratt Photography Lectures

7 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium
Pratt Institute Brooklyn Campus

Free and open to the public

Each year professional artists are invited to give lectures at Pratt and conduct studio visits with our graduate students. The Visiting Artists Lectures are coordinated by two selected graduate students and overseen by faculty advisors. The goal for the lectures and studio visits 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.

Some of the past visiting artists include: 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.

Pratt Institute's Department of Fine Arts 2017/2018 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.

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Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson is known for working in a wide range of mediums including photograph-and-text works, videos, drawings, collage and paintings that confront and challenge conventional views of culture, representation and memory. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Haus der Kunst; Munich amongst others, as well as important international exhibitions such as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany, and the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Image credit: Suburbs, 2006. Image courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Anicka Yi

Anicka Yi lives and works in New York City. Recent institutional solo exhibitions of her work include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Fridericianum, Kassel; Kunsthalle Basel; List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Kitchen, New York; and The Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2016, she was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize. Yi has screened her film, The Flavor Genome, at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam in 2017. She is represented by 47 Canal, New York.

Image credit: Force Majeure, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist, 47 Canal, New York, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Photo: Joerg Lohse.

Daniel Heidkamp

Daniel Heidkamp (b. 1980, Wakefield, Massachusetts) lives and works in New York. He received his BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and his MFA from Tufts University, Medford. His work has been the subject of numerous solo presentations in the United States, including exhibitions at The Journal Gallery, New York; Half Gallery, New York; PACE Prints, New York; White Columns, New York; and LaMontagne Gallery, Boston. Heidkamp’s work is frequently featured in group exhibitions both stateside and abroad, including recent shows at Derek Eller Gallery, New York; LOYAL Gallery, Stockholm; Marlborough, Madrid; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York; and Robert Miller Gallery, New York. Heidkamp’s work is currently featured in Talking Pictures, an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which presents sets of visual correspondence between twelve pairs of artists.

Image credit: Image courtesy the artist and Half Gallery, NY 

Rico Gatson

Rico Gatson is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work addresses identity politics, the history of race, entertainment and spirituality.  He is celebrated for his politically astute works rooted in important moments in history.  Subjects include the Watts rebellion, The Black Panthers and the election of President Obama. Gatson fluidly works across disciplines including sculpture, painting, video and installation.  He prefers not to be defined by a single medium, rather allowing ideas to guide the direction of the work. 

Image credit: Zora, 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

Jill Magid

Jill Magid is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She forges intimate relationships within bureaucratic structures, locating unexpected habits and openings within these structures. Magid’s solo exhibitions include El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City; San Francisco Art Institute; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands. She has participated in Manifesta, Performa, the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Gothenburg and Lyon Biennials, and the Oslo Architecture Triennial. Her books include: Failed States, Becoming Tarden, Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy, Once Cycle of Memory in the City of L, and The Proposal, inspired by her recent engagements with the archives of  Luis Barragán. She is an Associate of the Art, Design, and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, a 2013-15 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, and an adjunct teacher at Cooper Union. Her work is included the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fundacion Jumex, and the Walker Art Center, among others.

Image credit: Installation view of Ex-Voto at Labor Gallery, Mexico City. 2016. Image courtesy the artist.

Sara Cwynar

Sara Cwynar’s composite videos and photographs of found objects and images court feelings of time passing. Using studio sets, collage, and re-photography, she produces intricate tableaux that draw from magazine advertisements, postcards, or catalogs. Cwynar is interested in how design and popular images work on our psyches, in how their visual strategies infiltrate our consciousness. Her work is informed by time spent working as a graphic designer at the New York Times and in other commercial image-making roles. Recent exhibitions include: Rose Gold, Foxy Production, NY (2017), L’Image Volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2016); and Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY (2015/16). Cwynar’s first book, Kitsch Encyclopedia was published by Blonde Art Books in 2014. She holds an MFA in photography from Yale University.

Image credit: Image courtesy the artist and Foxy Production, NY