Shanoya Allwood (BFA Film/Video ’25), “Eyes Like Mine – (inherited longing)”, Graphite & ink on paper, 2023
Part of Myrtle Avenue Partnership’s Black Artstory Month
February 1–28, 2023
550 Myrtle Ave, Film/Video Windows, Brooklyn Campus
Curated by Kate Therrian
“‘Eyes Like Mine – (inherited longing)’ renders a sense of connectivity between the black persons of today, tomorrow and the past. Black History Month is a space to encompass more than just our heroes, activists and leaders before us, but our personal histories as well.
An unacknowledged truth for many black communities across the world is that our personal histories and lineages are often lost and unknown due to the displacement of black people from slavery, colonialism, segregation and institutionalized racism, which have actively worked to erase documentation, identities and cultures. For black Americans there is a wide variance of who has photos and keepsakes from their previous generations. When looking at these disparities, it goes beyond who’s lucky and who’s not. It comes down to “who gets to remember?”.
There is an extreme discomfort and obstruction in my identity, knowing that I will never know the names or faces of the people that I share history with. Instead, I am only left with the connection that we may share some of the same facial features, the same language, culture and hair. Comfort from knowing that we may mirror each other when we braid our hair or dance to music, and that they continue to live through me, as if at times we are one in the same. I feel that it is a loss that many black people consciously and unconsciously mourn.
This piece is an imagined portal between a black person and their unknown family lineage, where for a moment they can see each other despite time. It acts as a mirror where you can see your imagined distant grandparents and cousins and so on, existing at the same age or in a similar experience as you, and builds the recognition and connection that you aren’t so different.
The piece becomes a portal between those who are forgotten and those who exist now,
where for a moment in time, you can see each other.”
Shanoya Allwood (BFA Film/Video ’25)
About Black Artstory Month:
Black Artstory Month is an annual series presented by the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership that celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made and are making within the visual and performing arts world. The Pratt School of Art has proudly participated by displaying select student work in the Myrtle Avenue facing Film/Video building windows since February 2020.
QUICK RESPONSE: THE GENERATOR PROJECT
LOCATION Pratt Institute, Grand Walk & Pratt Chapel
DATE(s) April 25, 2022 – Spring 2023
quick response is an interactive outdoor exhibition in the heart of Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus designed by a team of 1st year Interactive Arts and Animation & Motion Arts MFA candidates from the Department of Digital Arts. The exhibition uses augmented reality, QR codes, and p5.js to create viewer experiences that uncover the inner workings of the Pratt campus and the Facilities team who keeps it running, much like the generator that the exhibition surrounds. The unique scale, 90” high and spanning widths up to 1300”, challenges the students to address the impact and significance of the work in a larger than life arena.
The projects within the exhibition are triggered with Spark AR (an augmented reality platform) and QR codes (which stands for quick response code), a two dimensional bar code invented in the mid-90s. Since March 2020, QR codes have become an integral part of our daily lives. In addition to acting as phones, cameras, and tiny computers, our constant digital companions create liminal worlds between our lived physical experiences and the networked world we rely on for information and communication.
Of all the computational concepts these young artists grapple with in their studies – time, memory, data, switches (boolean logic) – the loop is where animation and computer science converge. A loop in a computer program is an instruction that repeats until a specified condition is reached; looping in an animation causes a movement to repeat. The Generator Project itself is a loop and, like electrons through a circuit, viewers must physically move around the installation to view and interact with the exhibition in its entirety.
Faculty Lead: Visiting Instructor rebecca (marks) leopold
Emily Cooperstein (MFA DDA Interactive Arts ‘23)
Manman Li (MFA DDA Interactive Arts ‘23)
Maleigha Michael (MFA DDA Animation & Motion Arts ‘23)
Daichen Wang (MFA DDA Interactive Arts ‘23)
Shanshan Wang (MFA DDA Interactive Arts ‘23)
Zhuolin Wu (MFA DDA Interactive Arts ‘23)
Changcheng Yang (MFA DDA Interactive Arts ‘23)
Haonan Zhao (MFA DDA Animation & Motion Arts ‘23
Brandon Foushee, Forever Caring, 2021
Part of Myrtle Avenue Business Partnership’s “Love, this time: Black Artstory Month 2021″
February 1–25, 2021
550 Myrtle Ave, Film/Video Windows, Brooklyn Campus
“My work relates towards the ideas of love and community care through the lens of black solidarity and tenderness. My friends, family, and community members all influence my work and they are the ones who I truly care for. Through the images I make, the goal is to represent them in an honest, compassionate way where they feel honored and supported.”
“The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.” – Maya Angelou
“Love, this time” is an art exploration of how love can liberate, heal, and (re)unite us. 2020 was no different from prior years as the crises of institutional and systemic racism, inequality and injustice continued. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to restrictions which varied based on who and where you were, and glaring inequities of healthcare and to sudden changes in people’s lifestyles.
One thing that surfaced through this was love as we cared from our friends and ourselves, reconnected with old friends, applauded frontline workers daily and continued outpouring of warmth to those close to us and to complete strangers. Through a series of visual art installations, viewers will accompany artists exploring the various manifestations of love. The community shall carry the individual further along in life and in healing than the individual can carry themselves.
Love is an intentional act of sharing.
“Love, this time” is rooted in community as the place where we can be liberated, healed, united and reunited.
Enjoy FREE installations, and digital interventions that celebrate the legacy of Black creativity and the power of love created by Black artists and activists in Fort Greene & Clinton Hill.
November 11–May 1, 2020
Grand Walk, Brooklyn Campus
Opening reception: Monday, November 11, 5-7 PM
Location: Grand Walk & the Pratt Chapel
GenZ is an outdoor exhibition centered in the heart of Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus designed by AOS Graphic Design student Scott Stegman. The unique scale, 90 inches high and spanning widths up to 1300 inches, challenged Stegman to address the impact and significance of the featured works by Spring 2019 Associate Degree Program graduates in a larger than life arena.
This work was inspired by the movement around the Pratt Brooklyn campus and the generator itself. The design has no beginning or end. It seamlessly flows as the viewer walks around its boarders while mirroring their journey back to them.
Head Designer, Scott Stegman
Design Assistant, Jonathan Realmuto
Project Coordinator, John De Santis
Curator, Kate Therrian
Generator Project Contributors:
Featured works by Spring 2019 Associate Degree Program graduates:
Tom Dowling – AOS illustration
Harrison Jude – AOS Graphic Design
Sarah Meadows – AOS Game Design/Interactive Media
Poppy Li – AAS Painting Drawing
James Huber – AAS Graphic Design/Illustration
GenZ is on view through May 1, 2020 and is open to the public.
An Associate Degrees Program and School of Art exhibition
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January 22–May 1, 2019
Grand Walk, Brooklyn Campus
re/GENERATE is an outdoor exhibition centered in the heart of Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus featuring the work of graduating Spring 2019 Photography Seniors. The unique scale, 90 inches high and spanning widths up to 150 inches, challenges the students to address the impact and significance of their work in a larger than life arena. Highlighting the scope of photographic traditions explored in the program’s curriculum, the exhibition presents a glimpse into each student’s practice as they work toward their final thesis exhibitions.
re/GENERATE is on view through May 1, 2019 and is open to the public.
Sponsored by the School of Art in collaboration with the Photography Department