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We are excited to share with you the details for the 2016 partnership exhibition between the Pratt Institute’s History of Art and Design Student Association and Pratt Artists League. The exhibition, WHAT ABOUT NOW?, will feature new work by eight second-year MFA candidates, and is curated by HADSA [Rebecca L. Armstrong, Kristine Allegretti, and Teresa M. Lundgren].

WHAT ABOUT NOW? presents an assortment of works by eight young artists examining the troubling relationships around us today, including class conflicts with self, family, nature, and society, updated with contemporary consumerist identities. All of the pieces can be understood as a response to the question, “What About Now?” searching for the meaning and stability in a tumultuous world. Fear of the unknown (Hyomin Kwon), memories of broken childhood (Taylor Kennedy and Dulphe Pinheiro Machado), and predictions for the future (Lia Kim Farnsworth) are skillfully displayed in painting, drawing, video, and installation. There is repeatedly little to no distinction between media, often intertwining surprising materials, such as chocolate on paper (Sabetty Heyaime), woven rope over canvases (Megan Porpeglia), and child-sized mannequins gaping at Day-Glo paintings (Chip McCall). Despite an exuberant exploration of meanings and materials, there remains a deep reverence for what came before (Jiang Ye) that firmly asserts their place in the unfolding timeline of art history.

Please see our attached poster and press release below for details and more information!

You can find the Facebook event here.

The exhibition runs from August 17-September 2, and is open to the public.

Opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6-9 PM. 

Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 2-5 PM (DeKalb Gallery, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11205)


We hope to see you there!

Warm Regards,



T. Lundgren and J.B. Henry Published in the 2016 Queens International Exhibition

History of Art & Design Department master’s students, Teresa Lundgren and John B. Henry, have both been published in the catalogue for the 2016 Queens International exhibition currently at the Queens Museum of Art.

This opportunity arose from a writing project, Pairings. A blog begun in History of Art & Design course, Installation Art, Design & Change course, taught by Kim Connerton, PhD, Spring 2016.

Both Lundgren and Henry discuss 2 different works in the 2016 Queens International exhibition to inform readers about Installation Art and the cross disciplinary and cross cultural practice in contemporary art.

The launch for the catalogue is Sunday, July 17, 2016, 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Please check the website as the schedule may change.

A special thanks to, Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions/Curator at the Queens Museum of Art for her invitation and for working with the students so closely on the editing process.

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.

Seminar poster_V4_to use




Teresa M. Lundgren’s MFA Thesis Show April 18th

Congratulations to Teresa M. Lundgren! Teresa’s MFA Thesis show,  Lessons in Observation, will be held in the Pratt Institute Steuben Gallery starting next week.

The opening reception will begin this upcoming Monday, April 18th, from 5-8PM. Her show will continue to run April 19th-22nd, from 10AM-5PM.

Lessons in Observations is comprised of paintings, printmaking, and videos that focus on Teresa’s interests in philosophy, education, and the function of language in creating knowledge.

Teresa is completing her degree in MFA/M.S  Fine Arts and History of Art and Design. Let’s show her our support!





Professor Banner and her Creating Exhibitions Class Meet With Tom Otterness

On a recent class visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Professor Lisa Banner and her Creating Exhibitions students had the opportunity to talk with the artist Tom Otterness. A New York based American public sculpture artist, Tom Otterness has a number of works on view around the city such as his Life Underground series that can be found throughout the 14th Street station. During their visit to the cathedral, the students along with Professor Banner spoke with Mr. Otterness about his latest instillation, The Value of Food, on view until April 3rd. As mentioned on the cathedral’s website, the instillation is part of an exhibition focusing on food security, accessibility, and sustainability.


On a previous excursion, the Creating Exhibitions students along with Professor Banner paid a visit to the Scandinavia House. Scandinavia House is The Nordic Center in America and headquarters to the American-Scandinavian Foundation.


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