Lee Friedlander and the Printed Picture

Exhibition and panel discussion
Spring and Summer 2014
Lee Friedlander, Stephen Hilger, Richard Benson, Peter Kayafas, Russell Abell and others

Lee Friedlander and the Printed Picture focused on Friedlander’s contribution to photography and the photobook. The Photography Department and the Pratt Institute Libraries exhibited all of Friedlander’s books and held a panel discussion with Friedlander, Richard Benson, Peter Kayafas, and others involved in Friedlander’s photographic career.


Visual Design Alphabet

Throughout Semester
Sheryl Kasak, Anita Cooney

This project launched the first phase of the development of a Visual Design Alphabet to present to incoming sophomores in interior design. The project—a visual powerpoint primer that could also be a printed document—has the potential to be an insightful and useful tool for teaching across the design disciplines.


Landscape and Ecology

1-credit course run during the semester
Dorothea Dietrich and other faculty

This experimental, collaborative, one-credit interdepartmental course studied the transformation of landscape from a variety of perspectives. The course provided a critical look at the many factors that shape our uses and understanding of landscape. It drew on research in art history and artistic practice to study the transformation of the natural landscape into shaped urban spaces and virtual presence with the aim of developing tools for critical intervention.


April 25, 2014 • 6 PM • Fashion Department, Steuben hall, room 215
Presentations + Discussion

Student participants in Pratt Fashion Show; Pratt Fashion Department

Select seniors from the fashion department presented their innovative final collections and discuss their processes and paths to the runway at the Pratt Fashion Show.

A Community Exchange

The Socially Engaged Artist and the Public Imagination
April 24, 2014 • 1:30–5 PM • Higgins Hall, Pratt Institute
Rick Lowe, Heather Lewis, Ann Messner, Uzma Rizvi, Shane Aslan Selzer, May Joseph, Jaret Vadera

This event featured work by a new wave of artists who have worked on socially engaged projects. The symposium explored the role of the public in socially engaged art and the nature of the public’s commitment to space and place in its relationship to a social engagement that formulates new social imaginaries. Open to the public.

RiDE: Public Work

April 15, 2014 • 6 PM • Fine Arts Department
Roundtable + Discussion
Student participants in Public Work; Pratt Fine Arts Department

Public Work proposed to give a team of graduate students the opportunity to develop and execute a collaborative, site-specific public art project.

RiDE: Turning Your Ideas into a Business

March 29, 2014 • 2–4 PM 
Presentations + Discussion | Participants in the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation and the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator; Deb Johnson

Entrepreneurs in Pratt’s Accelerator and student entrepreneurs in the new on-campus Design Incubator discussed their aspirations for creating exciting new business ventures from ideas that started in Pratt classrooms and studios.

RiDE: Taking a Documentary Detour

March 11, 2014 • 6:30 PM • ARC Building, Room E2
Lecture/Discussion + Hybrid Documentary/Performance
Lynne Sachs; Pratt Film Department

Part lecture, part performance, RiDE’s Taking a Documentary Detour featured filmmaker Lynne Sachs and examined the structure behind Your Day is My Night, her recent collaborative project on immigrant experience in New York’s Chinatown.

RiDE: Startup

February 28, 2014 • 12:30 PM • CCPD Office,
East Building, Room 001
Pratt CCPD; Brynna Tucker

This RiDE session took a look at DIY businesses, lean startups, the art of a side hustle, and why courage and risk-taking are essential to getting one’s ideas into the world.

RiDE: Risky Discourse 1

February 25, 2014 • 7 PM • Julian Terrian Design Center Gallery
Conversation + Workshop | Pratt Interior Design Department; Eduardo Rega, Alex Schweder, Analia Segal

Something between a round-robin and a game of exquisite corpse, Risky Discourse 1 brought three different Pratt departments into dialogue and “test” what constitutes failure and experimentation.

RiDE: Open Mic

February 6, 2014 • 7:30 PM • Student Union
Open Mic | Pratt Student Affairs; Pratt Student Diversity Council

The RiDE Open Mic provided a platform for students working in all disciplines and from all departments to discuss or present work.

RiDE: Imprint

January 30, 2014 • 9:30 AM–7 PM • Pratt Photography Gallery, ARC Building, C-1
Workshop, Talk, Exhibition
Oranbeg Press and John O’Toole; Pratt Photography Department

Imprint was an all-day ink-jet print production workshop and an impromptu one-night-only exhibition of work made throughout the day.