Pratt Presents Public Programs

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.

An Evening with Robert Wilson

Brought to you by Pratt Presents

and Person Place Thing

Friday, October 25 at 6:30 PM
Memorial Hall Auditorium
Pratt Brooklyn Campus, 200 Willoughby Avenue

Free and open to the public; reservations required

Don’t miss this special evening brought to you by Pratt Presents and the podcast Person Place Thing featuring one of the world’s foremost theater and visual artists, Robert Wilson.

The works for the stage created by Wilson, a Pratt alumnus, unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. His images are aesthetically striking and emotionally charged, and his productions have earned the acclaim of audiences and critics worldwide. Wilson’s artistic collaborators have included many writers and musicians such as Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed, Jessye Norman and Anna Calvi. Wilson's drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings, and his works are held in private collections and museums throughout the world. Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu awards, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for the Arts in Water Mill, New York.

Randy Cohen, host of Person Place Thing will interview Wilson. The show is based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

Music at the event will be performed by Pat Irwin and J. Walter Hawkes.

2019 Pratt Design Symposium


Anthony Barzilay Freund, Editorial Director, 1stdibs

Nicole Miller, Fashion Design

Wendy Liebmann, CEO of WSL Strategic Retail

Sandra Nunnerley, Interior Design

Moderated by Marc Rosen

Tuesday, October 29 at 5:30 PM
Hess Family Theater and Gallery
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
Free and open to the public; reservations required

Join us for Pratt’s annual Design Symposium. This year’s panel will explore how designers create for the global marketplace in a way that is generational, sustainable, inspirational.

Today, Global is more than a word. It’s a touch point that gives us one voice. A reason to create new visions, new products, new opportunities. As designers and marketers, creating new products that inspire, captivate and amuse us elevates our joy of living and gives meaning to our existence. From niche to major, brands are innovating for a generational marketplace. Our distinguished panelists will discuss how the three ‘P’s’ Product, Packaging and Promotion can take us there.

Supported by the Marc Rosen Education Fund Additional funding by Juliana Terian, The Terian Foundation

Pratt Presents
In the Margins: 
Shifting artistic & curatorial perspectives 
in an age of social change

Derrick Adams, Artist and Pratt alumnus
Patton Hindle, Senior Director of Arts, Kickstarter
ASHLEY JAMES, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Guggenheim Museum
Dell M. Hamilton, interdisciplinary artist and independent curator

Friday, December 6
11 am to noon, Panel discussion
Noon to 1 PM, Reception
The New World Center's SunTrust Pavilion
500 17th Street, Miami Beach
Free and open to the public; reservations required 

This panel during Art Basel Miami Beach will discuss ways in which contemporary artists address social change and how institutions can support more artist-centered models for cultural engagement. Panelists include Patton Hindle, Senior Director of Arts at Kickstarter and Derrick Adams, artist and Pratt Alumnus. Ashley James, Assistant Curator at the Brooklyn Museum, will moderate the discussion. A reception on the Rooftop Garden will immediately follow. 

Pratt strives to make all programs, services and activities accessible, and will provide assistance to accommodate any individuals with disabilities. Security personnel, located at booths at 200 Willoughby Avenue and other campus locations, are available for assistance. Additional accessibility resources are available at

Image: (above) Spike Lee during his spring 2014 appearance at Pratt; (below) Laurie Anderson


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