Lectures & Events

Pratt Presents: A Creative Conversation With Kadir Nelson

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This year’s Alumni Day and Reunion will include a Pratt Presents presentation featuring author, painter, illustrator, and alumni Kadir Nelson.

This event will take place from 4-5 PM Saturday, September 17th on the Brooklyn Campus in Memorial Hall Auditorium. Although the event is free and open to the public, it does require a reservation.

As stated on the event page: Nelson’s primarily figurative paintings focus on historical narratives and heroic subjects in American culture, and are often informed by the work of Old Masters. His sumptuous settings and characters, rich palette, and realistic, yet painterly technique speak to both modern urban realism and masterly works of turn-of-the century American painters.

For more information about the talk, see the event page on the Pratt website. To learn more about Kadir Nelson and his work, visit his website, here.

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The 2016  Alumni Day  and 50th reunion is open to all alumni along with their guests and families. Online registration is open until September 9th.

Top image: Cover art for Drake’s 2013 album Nothing Was the Same
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May 12th Senior Seminar on the Grotesque

On Thursday May 12th, graduating students from Professor Morton’s senior seminar on the grotesque will be presenting their theses in a symposium hosted by the History of Art and Design department. Freak Show! will be held from 5:00PM until 6:30Pm in Main 212. Refreshments will be served.

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Hal Foster Lecture a Great Success

The History of Art and Design’s Lecture Series is off to a great start with a successful opening by Hal Foster. Students, faculty, and visitors alike, gathered in Pratt Institute’s Memorial Hall to listen to the art critic and historian’s engaging lecture entitled Sculpture, Space, Tradition, Time. Throughout the evening, Hal Foster explored the common themes found in the work of Charles Ray, and the parallels that can be drawn between it and the Classical.

Following the lecture, Professor Evan Neely, Assistant Department Chair, facilitated a question and answer session where members of the audience were able to voice additional thoughts and inquiries.


Seen below are members of the History of Art and Design Student Association, along with Hal Foster, Professor Neely, and the Department Chair, Dr. Gayle Rodda Kurtz


The next lecture in the series will be held on April 6th at 6:30 PM in Memorial Hall. This conversation between Martha Rosler and Martha Wilson will focus on art and politics.

HA&D Lecture: Hal Foster

Pratt Institute’s History of Art and Design Department is proud to announce the first event in our HA & D Lecture Series, a presentation by the renowned art critic and historian, Hal Foster entitled Sculpture, Space, Tradition, Time. The event, open to the public, will be held at Memorial Hall on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM, with doors to open at 6:00 and a question and answer session to follow the lecture. We aim with this series to present to the Pratt community cutting edge thought and research in the field of art history and cultural studies. The series will host presentations each semester by artists and art historians who have had enormous impact on contemporary artistic thought and practice.

Hal Foster is a writer, critic, and a professor at Princeton University, teaching modernist and contemporary art, architecture, and theory. He focuses on the relation between art and philosophy in times of political crisis. He was a 2014-15 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, founding editor of Zone Magazine and Books, recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts and Writing, and regularly contributes to Art Forum, October, and The London Review of Books.

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Overnight Trip to Fallingwater and Carnegie Museum of Art (Students Only)


Saturday, November 7th – Sunday, November 8th
Overnight trip to the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
All Pratt students are welcome but space is limited. First come, first served.
Sign up starting Monday, Oct. 26, at 9:30am, in East Hall, Room 205, with Jill Song (History of Art and Design Department).
$40.00 non-refundable fee due upon sign up (includes transportation, accommodations, museum admissions, snacks, and hotel breakfast).
For additional details or questions, contact Dr. Anca I. Lasc ( or Dr. Karyn Zieve (


Departure Time: 7am (BE THERE EARLY)

Location: Main Entrance, Willoughby Avenue


Artcritical’s Review of Alive Tonight


Alive Tonight is an exhibition of selected works by Pratt Institute’s second-year MFA candidates. The thirteen selected artists share an urgency to discover and explore beyond the surface, unveiling layers of meaning and revealing the unseen in their work. The exhibition was reviewed by the online magazine, Artcritical, where words like “visually witty” and “graceful” were used. Check it out at:

The show closes tonight, September 4, with closing reception from 6-8pm.

HA&D Graduate Thesis Symposium

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An evening of short talks on art and design from recent History of Art and Design graduates

WHAT: Recent graduates and graduating master’s candidates from Pratt Institute’s History of Art and Design department will present short talks based off of their master’s theses. The evening will feature six short talks on topics ranging from Venetian opera houses to the work of little known Swedish mystic and painter, Hilma af Klint.

Arranged and sponsored by the History of Art and Design Student Association, a student-run organization aimed at increasing engagement with art and design history, the graduate symposium is an invaluable opportunity for History of Art and Design students and alumni to present their work to the Pratt community, and public at large.

A question and answer session with all presenters, moderated by Professor Diana Gisolfi, will follow the presentations. Reception with refreshments and light fare to follow.

PRESENTATIONS: The Physical Text is History, Diana Bowers; A Radical Choice: The WPA Prints of Claire Mahl Moore, Elise Ciez; Early Italian Opera Houses: Architecture, Acoustics and Design, Natalie Draeger; Caravaggio and the Oratory of Filippo Neri, John Gribowich; Hilma af Klint: The Medium of Abstraction, Bree Midavaine, and McCarthyland: Paul McCarthy and His Audience, Kate Ryan.

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 6 PM

WHERE: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus

200 Willoughby Avenue, Main 212

Brooklyn, NY 11205

ADMISSION: Free – please RSVP to

MORE: More information regarding the symposium, bios of participating speakers, and presentation abstracts is available at

MEDIA CONTACT: Adam Monohon, Pratt Institute, at

About the History of Art and Design Student Association: Pratt Institute’s History of Art and Design Student Association (HADSA) is a student run organization that aims to develop and support current and future leaders in the art historical field. HADSA actively amplifies student voices by facilitating a strong sense of community and support. HADSA endeavors to strengthen the professional networks and experiences of members, and those in the larger community by organizing social, academic and professional events for History of Art and Design students, and the large arts community.

For more information, please visit Pratt Institute’s event page.

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