Pratt Presents is a curated series of high-profile public programs and events that showcase the Institute’s expertise and reputation as a distinguished academic institution, as well as a cultural hub. Pratt Presents lectures, conversations, and performances feature distinguished artists, thinkers, and influencers.

Big ideas. Bold thinkers. Brilliant dialogue. Spring 2015.

Jeffrey Deitch in Conversation with Stefan Sagmeister

A Pratt Presents President’s Lecture and Surface Design Dialogues event
Tuesday, March 31, 7 PM
Memorial Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute
Free and open to the public; reservations required
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Pratt and Surface present a conversation between two luminaries of art and design, Jeffrey Deitch and Stefan Sagmeister. Creator of the influential Deitch Projects gallery, Deitch facilitated the rise of a new generation of artists for nearly 15 years. From from 2010 to 2013, he served as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Deitch is now working on bringing his influential "Art in the Streets" exhibition to New York. Sagmeister, a Pratt alumnus, is one of the most renowned graphic designers and typographers working today. He is co-founder of Sagmeister & Walsh, a design firm that creates identities, commercials, websites, apps, films, books, and objects. Deitch and Sagmeister will speak with Spencer Bailey, editor-in-chief of Surface magazine, about Deitch's new book Live the Art (Rizzoli), designed by Sagmeister.

BAM and Pratt Institute present
Unbound: Philip Glass
with Kurt Andersen

Co-presented with Greenlight Bookstore
Monday, April 20, 8 PM
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue)
Tickets: $25 for event only and $45 with book, with a 15% discount for Pratt students and faculty
Use code 39417 to take advantage of the discount; quantities are limited
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Upon the publication of his new memoir, Words without Music, Philip Glass, one of the most renowned and influential composers of this century, speaks about his life and career with writer novelist, public radio host, and Pratt Trustee Kurt Andersen. A versatile composer whose works include symphonies, operas, film scores, and small-scale compositions, Philip Glass crafted the dominant sound of late 20th-century classical music. In Words Without Music (Liveright), he traces his artistic arc, from childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to student days in Chicago, to Juilliard, and on his first journey to Paris, where he studied under the formidable composer/conductor Nadia Boulanger. In this new memoir, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors, while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness. 

Pratt Presents Design, Technology, and the Future

With interaction designer Phillip Tiongson, Principal and Creative Director at Potion and Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab
Co-presented by NYC Media Lab
Wednesday, April 29, Event at 6:30 PM, pre-event reception at 5:30 PM
Civic Hall, 156 Fifth Avenue
Free and open to the public; reservations are required and will be available soon.

A conversation that navigates the newest intersections between design and technology, exploring the ways in which ideas and innovation are fueling the future. As it continues to evolve, where is technology taking us? What are the emerging trends in digital media and communications? How are designers and artists engaging with technology in unexpected ways? Join NYC Media Lab’s Executive Director Justin Hendrix as he speaks with interaction designer Phillip Tiongson for a conversation about what’s next for design and technology.

Women of Influence in the Business of Style

With Shirley Cook, CEO of Proenza Schouler; Melisa Goldie, CMO of Calvin Klein, and moderated by Eric Wilson, Fashion News Director of InStyle
Friday, May 8, Time and Venue TBD
Free and open to the public; reservations required
Reservations for this event will open soon.

This moderated panel discussion will feature an exclusive group of top-level female business leaders who are leading change in the fashion industry and profoundly impacting the market. The discussion will explore the qualities that define the past and future generations of female leaders by looking at the unique ways in which these women have created, shaped, and innovated brands with a global reach.

Please note that if a free event is full we will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting in standby does not guarantee admission, but we will try to accommodate as many people as space allows.

For more information, please contact The Office of Public Programs at 718.687.5981.