Lectures & Events

First Year Conversations: Rules

Please join artist Joyce J. Scott for a round table discussion on February 8th, 2022, 12:30 – 2 PM, a concurrent event designed for the first-year students and the whole Pratt community. Please read the details below and register in advance for this meeting. Register Here.

Raquel Ermida’s Webinar

Between the late 1990s and 2015, approximately 40 artists’ collectives emerged in Porto, Portugal. These collectives gave rise to a new type of dynamic, egalitarian organizing amongst artists that was previously missing in the visual arts in Portugal. The horizontal collectivism and new models of participatory democracy of this movement have their antecedents in how the nation responded to the end of dictatorship in 1974. Artists played a major role in the construction and dissemination of democratic ideas that were set forth in the 1976 Portuguese Constitution. 50 years after the end of dictatorship, a rise in far-right parties in Portugal have raised questions about how artistic creation, and artist’s collectives, can support a more active form of citizenship.




Raquel Ermida is a PhD candidate in Artistic Studies at NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lisbon and is sponsored by the Portuguese Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (FCT). Her project investigates and measures the political potential that was generated by around 40 artists collectives in Porto between 1998 and 2015. Ermida holds a Master’s degree in Visual Arts – Critical, Curatorial and Cybermedia Studies at the Haute École d’Arts et de Design, Geneva. She is a member of the Contemporary Art Studies’ group at NOVA’s Art History Institute. Ermida is also a researcher at RPDP – Research Platform & Doctoral Practice in Arts, Geneva, and a facilitator of the Art History Institute’s Doctoral Platform in Lisbon. In 2019, Ermida co-organized Fields of Collaboration in Contemporary Art Practices at Culturgest Foundation, Lisbon, the first international conference in Portugal reflecting upon collaboration in art practices. In 2020, she was awarded with a Fulbright grant at Pratt Institute, New York. Ermida is also a member of a group of academics studying the processes of artistic collectivization and unionization in Portugal during the Covid-19 pandemic after the group was selected for a 6-months research grant.


Maria de Los Angeles‘ talk on Art & Social Justice

Organized & moderated by Dr. Layla Zami
In the realm of the HA&D pilot seminar on Art & Social Justice

Co-sponsored by the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies, History of Art & Design and the Pratt library.

View the artist talk with Maria de Los Angeles, a multidisciplinary artist who addresses issues of migration, displacement, identity, and otherness through her drawing, painting, printmaking, and fashion. She holds an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale School of Art (2015), a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute (2013), and an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College (2010). She was awarded the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize by Yale University (2015) for her artwork and her role in the community.

Click the link below to view the talk:

Artist Talk with Maria de Los Angeles Video

The Weird Bauhaus: Talk & Discussion

The Weird Bauhaus – What is Left, What Inspires Us?

Performative Innovation at the Bauhaus and Beyond


When: Thursday, November 21st, 6pm

Where: Myrtle Hall 4E-03

Who: Sigrid Pawelke


The centenary of the Bauhaus gives us another chance to look back, to understand, to deconstruct and to demystify. Certain ideas of the Bauhaus are still relevant today in our Anthropocene era.


“Only an idea has the power to spread so far”, Mies van der Rohe famously said, yet there are still tons of ideas of and about the Bauhaus. What is behind the most significant art school ever and what influence occurred elsewhere that may still inspire us today?


One key Bauhaus innovation was its interdisciplinary and experimental approach within an international environment, coupled with the utopian ideal that through cooperation all the arts can play an integral part in the construction of a new man and society.


In this talk we examine the more spontaneous, one might even say “weird,” part of the well-structured und streamlined Bauhaus – its stage and parties. The stage workshop was the most innovative part of the Bauhaus. What did the students experiment and invent often during after hours, over meals or who knows when and how? One example is the innovation by Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack Reflektorische Farblichtspiele(colored light projections synchronized with music).


Other significant moments in Bauhaus influenced institutions were Black Mountain College and its lesser-known student-run “Light Sound Movement Workshop” as well as Anna and Lawrence Halprin’s “Experiments in the Environment”.


Inspired by the Bauhaus pedagogies and together with Dimitri Chamblas, (choreographer and Dance Dean at CalArts), we undertake a new pedagogical experiment entitled UNLIMITED BODIES at Performa 19 in New York.


Find out what inspires you!


Interior Provocations: Appropriate(d) Interiors Symposium Invitation

Appropriate(d) Interiors

February 2, 2019
10 AM – 6 PM
Admission is Free RSVP Required

Pratt Institute
Higgins Hall Auditorium
61 Saint James Place
Brooklyn, NY 11205

The third annual Pratt Interior Provocations symposium, Appropriate(d) Interiors, explores the way interiors participate explicitly and implicitly in embedded cultural values. Interiors, past and present, play critical roles even when they are not recognized as such. What are the standards, assumptions, codes and/or conventions that we need to dismantle? How can we expand our understanding of the history, theory and practice of interior design to challenge the status quo? What then is “appropriate” and what is “inappropriate?”

Keynote Speaker:
Joel Sanders, JSA, Principal Architect, RA, AIA and Professor of Architecture, Yale University



10:00 AM

10:30 AM

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

A “Proper” Home: Channeling Political Values through Interior Design in a Dictatorship
Carlos Bartolo, Lecturer | Arts and Architecture | Lusíada University

The Jewish Colonial Revival Interior
Erica Lome, Ph.D. Candidate | Department of History | University of Delaware

The Material Culture of the Palestinian Duyuf
Alessandra Gola, Ph.D. Researcher | Department of Architecture | University of Leuven

This Is How We Live: [In]Appropriate Rooms/Nonconformist Apartment Exhibitions and the Case of the Communal Apartment, 1982 – 84
Senem Yildirim Evsen, Ph.D. Candidate | Architectural History | Middle East Technical University


2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Regenerative Debris: Collage and the Collective Memory of the Cut
Irina Schneid, Adjunct Assistant Professor | Interior Design | Pratt Institute

Duvet Entendre: Getting in Bed with the Continentals (The Bedroom, Bedding, Pornography and the Common Market in 1970s Britain)
Jo Turney, Associate Professor | Fashion | Winchester School of Art | University of Southampton

The “New Site?”
Priyanka Sen, Adjunct Faculty | School of Architecture and Interior Design | University of Cincinnati DAAP
Megan Minton, Assistant Professor | School of Architecture and Interior Design | University of Cincinnati DAAP

Appropriation, Disintegration, Resurrection: Ponte City, Johannesburg and South African Politics, 1975 – 2019
Harriet McKay, Senior Lecturer | The Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design | London Metropolitan University

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Jose Bernardi, Associate Professor | The Design School | Arizona State University
Sara Desvernine Reed, Assistant Professor | Department of Interior Design | Virginia Commonwealth University
Nerea Feliz, Assistant Professor | School of Architecture | The University of Texas at Austin
Yu Nong Khew, Assistant Professor | School of Constructed Environments | Parsons School of Design
Olivier Vallerand, Assistant Professor | The Design School | Arizona State University
Linda Zhang, Assistant Professor | School of Interior Design | Ryerson University

4:15 PM

5:00 PM

Additional information will be announced as soon as it becomes available.
Please click here for updates or Facebook.

Host Committee:
Deborah Schneiderman
Keena Suh
Karin Tehve
(Pratt Institute, Department of Interior Design)

Anca I. Lasc
Erica Morawski
Karyn Zieve
(Pratt Institute, Department of the History of Art and Design)

Alexa Griffith Winton
(Ryerson School of Interior Design)

Image: Urban Cutting III © Irina Schneid

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