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A roundup of ideas and projects from around the Institute

  • Carlos Motta, associate professor of interdisciplinary practice in fine arts,  is featured on Artsy as an LGBTQ+ artist to celebrate this Pride Month. Léuli Eshrāghi, curator of Indigenous practices at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, says that Motta’s practice “situates a profoundly queer intersectional critique of imperialism and binarism in relation to futurities of queer wellness and fulfillment, which we all need more of!”

  • Pratt alumna SJ Fuerst, who studied painting, was interviewed about her surrealist pop paintings, solo show Gimme Some Sugar, and Andy Warhol for Hunger Magazine. “As an artist, you want as many people as possible to look at your work and be like, ‘I understand’ or ‘I connect with it,’” Fuerst says. 


  • A new article in the London Review of Books contextualizes and considers Last Day in Lagos, a book of photographs by Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design (Graphic Design) ’76, that also includes essays and interviews.

  • A sculpture by Ben LaRocco, adjunct associate professor – CCE of fine arts, will be included in the Harlem Sculpture Gardens debut art project, which places installations in local public parks. LaRocco’s sculpture, created in collaboration with Carol Diamond, will be installed at the Morning Side Park location.

  • Pratt Institute was listed among the Best Fashion Schools for Design, Marketing, and More in the US by Vogue. “As a whole, Pratt Institute has a prestigious reputation for excellence in the arts, so it only makes sense that they’d have a top-ranking fashion design program, too,” writes Kendall Becker. “The School of Design emphasizes the art of cultural storytelling through the lens of fashion—basically, this program is a solid option for those who have avant garde aspirations or are looking to enter the luxury market. With immediate access to NYC, students have secured internships at Thom Browne, Zero Maria Cornejo, and The Row, to name a few.”

  • Chen Chen, BID ’07, and Kai Williams, BID ’06, were profiled in the New York Times about their new furniture collection. “This line of work is all about designing a process,” Williams told the Times. “Each thing can be slightly different. It’s the process that is the product for us.” Their latest knife design for Craighill was also featured in Design Milk.

  • Pratt alumna Anna Park, who studied Illustration and Fine Arts, is profiled in Vogue about her black-and-white drawings made with charcoal or India ink. “The absence of color was never really a conscious decision,” Park tells Vogue. “It’s similar to someone picking up an instrument, and it feels right or natural. There are so many formal qualities that I wanted to explore within the world of charcoal, paint, and ink that I didn’t need color.”

  • Cait Opperman, BFA Photography ’12, was interviewed for We Present’s New Rules: Navigating photography’s unfixed future about her photography background and starting her creative studio, FLOWERS. “People trust you if you are confident in your abilities and have the evidence to back it up,” she says.