Film @ BLM Teach-in

Film Screening + Discussion

February 24, 6-9 PM
Memorial Hall

Coordinator: Sasha Sumner
Participants: Cisco Bradley, Mahogany Browne, Shola Lynch, Maya Wiley, Dan Wright
Departments and Divisions: Black Lives Matter Pratt, Film/Video, Math and Science, Social Science and Cultural Studies

This event is comprised of the screening of the film “Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners” and a follow-up discussion. It is part of the Pratt Black Lives Matter Teach-In taking place on the Pratt Brooklyn campus Feb 23-25, 2017. The discussion after the film will include Shola Lynch, director of the documentary, and Maya Wiley, Senior Vice-President of Social Justice at NYU.

Bringing Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology to Curriculum

Workshops + Presentations

Throughout AY 2016-17 + April 13 for larger workshop

Various classrooms and spaces within School of Art Associate Degree program and School of Information

Curator/Coordinator: David Marcinkowski
Participants: Basem Aly, Dean Dalfonzo, Craig McDonald, David Marcinkowski, Mark O’Grady, and students from the Associate Degree program and the School of Information
Departments and Outside Organizations Involved: Associate Degree program, School of Information

Two types of events were undertaken in this episode: class visits and presentations, and a major workshop.

The presentations and workshops within classes were spread across different types of courses: The first category were classes where VR/AR production techniques could be explored and taught as part of the curriculum, or where VR/AR technologies could be used as tools to supplement the existing curriculum.

The second category were more traditional drawing and painting courses where VR/AR technology could be used as a tool to create further works—almost like introducing a sponge as a tool for painting. Our goal was to introduce students to a very popular drawing and painting VR experience called Google Paint Brush using the HTC Vive VR headset.

A final workshop was designed to introduce students from all departments and especially from the School of Information to virtual reality technology in a variety of forms. The workshop offered students the opportunity to try out three different types of VR hardware; the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, and the Microsoft Hololens. 


Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM
ARC Building E2 Lecture Hall

Coordinator: Carrie Schneider
Participants: Kathleen Kelley, Carrie Schneider, Kaja Silverman
Departments and Divisions: Photography, Social Science and Cultural Studies

STILL/MOVING is a panel discussion featuring esteemed art historian Kaja Silverman, Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, in conversation with two Pratt Institute faculty: Photography Department Visiting Associate Professor Carrie Schneider and Social Science and Cultural Studies Adjunct Professor Kathleen Kelley.

Art as Resistance: Told and Untold Stories

Coordinator: Caitlin Cahill

Artists’ Talks + Presentations + Discussions + Performances

Decolonizing Art History
Artists’ Talk and Dialogue
Thursday April 13, 2017 1-2:30 PM
Pratt Manhattan
144 W 14th Street, rm 213

Spoken word performances
Thursday April 13, 2017, 7 PM
Starr Barr, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Presenting Artists: Ruby Chacón and Maria de los Angeles
Participants: Caitlin Cahill, Janice Robertson, students from various classes

Departments and Divisions: Fine Arts, History of Art and Design, Social Science and Cultural Studies, Make the Road NY

Art as Resistance: Told & Untold Stories engages questions about the relationship of art and social movements, which are particularly urgent in the current political context. At this political and historic moment, where the calls for building walls ring in our ears and the militarized securitization of everyday life is imminent, there is an urgency to art-making that centers the experiences of those most affected by this ongoing and heightened crisis. Painting stories of migration, displacement, identity, family and heritage, Chicana artist Ruby Chacón and Maria de los Angeles render the lived experiences of the Latino community in all of its complexity—documenting the struggle for survival and right to exist alongside intimacy, desire and joy. Offering a counter narrative to xenophobic rhetoric, Chacón and de los Angeles each explore the relationship between the personal and the political as viable terrain for cultural production and building community.