School of Art Lecture Series: Ruddy Roye and Jamel Shabazz in conversation with Sarah Lewis

Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn Campus
April 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A Photography Department and School of Art event

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Pratt’s School of Art (SoART) and Pratt Photography are proud to present a special evening with social documentary photographers Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye and Jamel Shabazz in conversation with author and curator Sarah Lewis. The discussion, the second lecture in the annual School of Art (SoART) Lecture Series, will revolve around representation and community.

Ruddy Roye, a Jamaican born photographer living in Brooklyn, collaborates with his portrait subjects in order to share their narratives through photographs and texts that demonstrate an activist voice. Well known for his iconic photographs chronicling daily life in New York City from the 1980s to present, Jamel Shabazz aims to preserve world history and culture. Celebrated intellectual and author Sarah Lewis explores race, representation, and contemporary art in her writings and as a professor at Harvard University. Both Roye and Shabazz published featured portfolios in the critically acclaimed “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture guest edited by Sarah Lewis.

This lecture is free and open to the Pratt community and to the public. Reservations are required. Doors open at 6:30 PM for reservation holders; please arrive by 6:45 PM in order to claim your reserved seat. Unclaimed seats will be released to the standby line at 6:50 PM. There is an overflow room with a live video feed, but space is limited.

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SoArt Lecture partially supported by the Longfellow/Dulmage Fund

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Images: Ruddy Roye, Face Value (Ex-Cop), Clinton-Washington Avenue (detail), Brooklyn, NY, December 23, 2015; Jamel Shabazz, Rolling Partners, Brooklyn, NY, 1980


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