Posted on Monday, November 30, 2020

Pratt Daily Hub: A Roundup of Ideas & Projects from around the Institute

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  • Next Thursday, January 21 at noon EST, multidisciplinary artists and educators Brett Cook and Shaun Leonardo are holding a conversation on the topic of community resilience and the role artists and educators play to help communities adapt and recover from adversity. Pratt students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. The Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Center for Equity and Inclusion, Black Lives Matter Pratt, the Black Student Union, and the Latinx Student Alliance. RSVP here. (01/15)

  • Derrick Adams, BFA Art and Design Education ’96, is featured in Let Freedom Ring, an art installation debuting today on the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) sign at the corner of Lafayette and Flatbush avenues. Timed with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the outdoor exhibition features work by Brooklyn-based artists who are engaging in the role of artists, arts, social justice, equity, and inclusion. (01/15)

  • Tonight at 7 PM EST, Niama Safia Sandy, visiting assistant professor of fine arts, is narrating Marching On: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an online event from Summerstage Anywhere presented in association with Winter Jazzfest and Voices of a People’s History of the United States. The featured performers include  MFA Writing alumna Mahogany L. Browne. (01/15)

  • Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Program (GAUD) students Luz Wallace and Ben Smithers envisioned architecture for an age when everything has become synthetic in “Scarred Earth: Architecture in the Age of the Great Acceleration,” shared on the GAUD Instagram (01/15):  

  • Jessica Smith, MID ’20, is one of the International Top 20 in the James Dyson Awards for Carbyn, a compostable and carbon-negative biocomposite that can replace traditional petroleum plastics. Working with the Pratt Center for Material Science, Smith created a prototype of a floss pick made from the material: “I was inspired by the concept of regenerative design which focuses on not just ‘doing less harm’ with the objects and systems we create, but actually leaving the environment in a better state.” The work, which Smith created as a thesis project, was recently featured on Yanko Design. (01/14)

  • Andy P. Smith, BFA Writing ’04, published the new interactive adventure book Can You Survive 2020. Pratt CCPD on Instagram asked the author a few questions about his process and the idea behind the project: “During the spring, I felt like every day I had to make decisions that weighed and mitigated risk... to stay inside or go outside? Take a car ride? A plane ride? ... I wanted to bring some levity and fun to a fictionalized pandemic scenario.” (01/14)

  • @PrattFoundation is continuing to share 2020 student work on Instagram, including this sculpture made from insulation foam and lumber by Annie Du (01/14):

  • Returning to campus this spring? Be sure to review the Back to Pratt information on what to expect when you arrive, including a complete checklist of required steps to take before your visit, a spring campus access timeline, and more. (01/13)

  • Deimosa Webber-Bey, MSLIS’ 13, was featured in a story on CBS Sunday Morning that highlighted her work at Scholastic and how “the largest publisher of children’s magazines and books in the world is marking its 100th anniversary of helping children make sense of things.” (01/13)

  • Students in the slipcasting class led by Adjunct Professor-CCE Irvin Tepper created striking ceramic works this fall semester, as shared by @PrattIndustrial (01/13):

  • Today at 6 PM EST, Michael K. Chen, adjunct associate professor-CCE of undergraduate architecture, is joining an online discussion hosted by AIANY on how architectural solutions to outdoor dining during COVID-19 have changed the streetscape and how architecture can reenvision city streets for interaction. (01/12)

  • Edel Rodriguez, BFA Painting ’94, created the January 18 cover of the New Yorker entitled “After the Insurrection” depicting the American flag at half-mast. As he wrote on his Instagram: “The New Yorker was one of my first clients after leaving college. I began to create regular work for the magazine starting in 1995. ... 25 years later, this is my very first cover for the magazine.” (01/12)

  • Pratt’s Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 shared poems from participants in the Saturday Art School Creative Writing class led by student teachers Tyhe Cooper and Jessica Wolfe. The students were encouraged to be creative with structure, spelling, and expectations for words (01/12):

  • The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is hosting a series of January information sessions on their programs, beginning with tomorrow’s “What Makes An Exhibition Design Stand Out: The Role Of The Designer” with Adjunct Associate Professor Allen Wilpon. This week’s SCPS events also include “Applications & Tools for GIS with a Design Lens Toward A Better World” on January 13 and “Engaging in Sustainable Design Toward a Better World” on January 14. Find more upcoming sessions on the SCPS site. (01/11)

  • In a feature on GEN, Mia Bruner, MS Library Science ’18, discussed her work with the Prison Library Support Network, from its beginnings in 2016 as a platform to support incarcerated people and build community around prison abolition in libraries, to the current challenges of the pandemic which has shut down many prison libraries: “I was a student and library clerk at the Pratt Institute, and I quickly found others who were interested in using our skills and institutional assets to support prison abolition movements and share resources with incarcerated people. ... The pandemic and all the following conversations about abolition has made it really clear how critical it is that our work directly connects outside people to incarcerated people.” (01/11)

  • The Pratt Photo League is sharing work from members of the student-run organization on Instagram, including Photo League Secretary and current photography student Jacob Grumulaitis: “My work plays with both the ideas of honesty in presenting yourself and a curated and idealistic version” (01/11):

Throughout the Institute, students, faculty, and staff are developing new ideas and solutions during this time of hybrid and remote learning. We are working together to support and foster Pratt’s unique creative community across campus and beyond. The Pratt Daily Hub is an ongoing roundup of some of the exciting initiatives, projects, and plans that are coming together in real time.