John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction, installation view, 2018. Photo by Jason Mandella Photography.
The goals of Pratt Manhattan Gallery are to present significant innovative and intellectually challenging work in the fields of art, architecture, fashion, and design from around the world and to provide a range of educational initiatives to help viewers relate contemporary art to their lives in a meaningful way.
Monday–Saturday 11–6, Thursday until 8
Closed on federal holidays and between exhibitions
The Pratt Manhattan Gallery is closed on Sundays and the following building holidays in 2019:
January 21 (Martin Luther King)
May 27 (Memorial Day)
July 4–6 (Independence Day)
September 2 (Labor Day)
November 27– December 1 (Thanksgiving)
December 22, 2019–January 1, 2020 (Winter Break)
Admission is free.
Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas
Hablar y Actuar: Arte, pedagogía y activismo en las Américas
September 27–December 14, 2019
Special Events: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Opening Reception, 6-8 PM
Panel Discussion, Talking to Action: Art and Politics in the Americas
5:30-7 PM, Room 213 (adjacent to gallery)
Moderated by Macarena Gómez-Barris, cultural critic, in conversation with Bill Kelley, Jr., curator, and Jennifer S. Ponce de León, scholar.
Special Event: Jazz Performance with William Parker
In conjunction with the exhibition Talking to Action, we present: William Parker's Universal Tonality, Chapter 4: Sound, Movement, and Color
Thursday, November 21, 6:30 PM
Room 213 (adjacent to gallery)
Free and open to the public.
Talking to Action investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the United States and Latin America while attempting to build a direct dialogue with artists and researchers across the hemisphere to discuss shared concerns, issues and art practices. The artists in Talking to Action explore a range of trans-disciplinary practices, blurring the lines between object making, political and environmental activism, community organizing, and performance.
Including artists: Liliana Angulo (Bogotá, Colombia), Efraín Astorga Garay (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico), BijaRi (São Paulo, Brazil), Bulbo and Galatea audio/visual (Tijuana, Mexico), Giacomo Castagnola (Lima, Peru / Mexico City, Mexico), Cog●nate Collective (Tijuana, Mexico and Southern California, US), Grupo Contrafilé (São Paulo, Brazil), Sandra de la Loza and Eduardo Molinari (California, US and Buenos Aires, Argentina), Dignicraft (Tijuana, Mexico), Etcétera (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Frente 3 de Fevereiro (São Paulo, Brazil), Colectivo FUGA (Otavalo, Ecuador), Clara Ianni and Débora Maria da Silva (São Paulo, Brazil), Iconoclasistas (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Kolectivo de Restauración Territorial (Gonzalo Cueto Vera, Jorge A. Olave Riveros, Cristian Wenuvil Peiñan) (Temuco, Chile), Suzanne Lacy (Wasco, California, US), Alfadir Luna (Mexico City, Mexico), Taniel Morales (Mexico City, Mexico), Andrés Padilla Domene and Ivan Puig Domene (Mexico City, Mexico), POLEN (Tijuana, Mexico), Gala Porras-Kim (Bogotá, Colombia and Los Angeles, US), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico) and Ultra-red and School of Echoes Los Angeles (California, US).
Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is curated by Bill Kelley, Jr., Curator and Lead Researcher. Karen Moss is Consulting Curator. Talking to Action is organized by Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and managed as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support of the Getty Foundation, PST: LA/LA presenting sponsor Bank of America, the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI’s International Forum.
Image: Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Nou Pap Obeyi [No Vamos Obedecer / We Will Not Obey], action, 2015. Photo: Daniel Lima.
NEW OLD: Designing for our Future Selves
February 7–May 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 6–8 PM
NEW OLD examines how innovation and design can reimagine how we live the later stages of our lives. Set against a backdrop of radical demographic change, the exhibition looks at how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, asking the question: how can designers meet the challenge of a rapidly ageing society? From robotic clothing to driverless cars, this exhibition rethinks design approaches to ageing.
Curated by Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, the exhibition presents creative, provocative, and engaging concept designs across six themes: Ageing, Identity, Home, Community, Working, and Mobility.
Alongside infographics, videos and existing physical exhibits, each section features a special design commission by a leading designer or design team. New projects by Yves Béhar /fuseproject, Konstantin Grcic, Future Facility, Special Projects, IDEO and PriestmanGoode create solutions for demographic change and address the challenges of ageing.
The exhibition will be updated for Pratt Manhattan Gallery with work by five faculty from the School of Design and several additional U.S. design projects.
A touring exhibition from the Design Museum, London, in partnership with the Helen Hamlyn Trust.
Aura Power Suit by Yves Béhar, Fuseprojects and Superflex, courtesy The Design Museum, London.
Scooter for Life by PriestmanGoode. Photo by Adam Woodward, courtesy The Design Museum, London.