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Gateway was the community newsletter of Pratt Institute published monthly by the Office of Communications, in the Division of Institutional Advancement through spring 2014. For current Pratt-related news, visit the News page on Pratt’s website.


Photography Department to Present Thesis Show in DUMBO

Kevin Truong, "Good Morning America" from his show l'homme.

Graduating Pratt photography students will be exhibiting work in a group show, titled What Is/What Matters, from April 10–25 at powerHouse Arena. The show will feature 60 works by 30 BFA Photography seniors. The closing event will feature guest speaker Kathy Ryan, director of photography at The New York Times Magazine.

Closing Event: Thursday, April 25
6–8 PM

powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn


Adam D. Tihany: Anna and Joseph Syrop Annual Lecture Series

Aureole Las Vegas. Adam D. Tihany acted as a design consultant for Klai Juba Architects.World-renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany will discuss his groundbreaking projects and global perspective. The talk is part of the Anna and Joseph Syrop Annual Lecture, a series of lectures by outstanding individuals in interior design, endowed by the Selz Foundation. It will be followed by a discussion and reception. This event is free and open to the public. However, attendees with Pratt IDs will be seated first. For more information on Tihany, visit tihanydesign.com.

Tuesday, April 16
6 PM

Pratt Brooklyn
Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place

Photo: Mark Ballogg


Fashion Designer Miguel Adrover To Speak After Premiere of Documentary Film

Miguel AdroverPratt Institute’s Departments of Fashion and Film/Video will present the first U.S. screening of Call it a Balance in the Unbalance, a documentary film by Regine Lettner about the tumultuous career and visionary work of avant garde fashion designer Miguel Adrover. In a rare appearance, Adrover will speak with Pratt Institute Fashion Chair Jennifer Minniti immediately following the premiere. The event is free and open to the public, with limited seating. The film depicts Adrover, a Marjorcan farmer’s son, and chronicles his meteoric rise to fame in the late 1990s and the unforeseen events that led to the loss of his financial backing in 2004. Adrover’s work will be included in an exhibition on punk fashion at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art this spring.

Wednesday, April 17
6–8 PM, Doors open at 5:30 PM

Pratt Brooklyn
Higgins Hall Auditorium, 61 St. James Place

Photo: Max von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert


Student-Run Wallabout Film Festival to Take Place at IndieScreen

Still from MELONHEADS by Andy Fortenbacher.The Wallabout Film Festival is a student film festival produced and curated by an interdisciplinary team of students from Pratt Institute. The festival showcases films by innovative filmmakers from around the world. A panel of industry professionals make up Wallabout’s jury—filmmakers, programmers, journalists, academics, and others, and attendees will also get to have their say through Wallabout’s Audience Award. The event features two different programs and will be followed by a party and an awards ceremony. The festival is open to the public. For more information please visit wallabout.org.

Thursday, April 18
Programs at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn


Pratt Manhattan Gallery to Host Workshop and Presentations

Che-Wei Wang, 3.16 Billion Cycles, 2009; aluminum, AC sync motor, rubber belts; 46 inches in diameter x 6 inches deep.Pratt Manhattan Gallery will host two days of events in conjunction with the exhibition Kinesthetics: Art Imitating Life, which is on view through April 27.

On Saturday, April 20 at 1 PM, Pratt Manhattan Gallery will host a software clock canvas workshop using Processing.org. Participants will draw moving canvases that shift over time and mark time’s passage. The presenters will be Che-Wei Wang, an artist, designer, architect, and Kinesthetics artist; and Taylor Levy, an artist and designer who works with various technologies. A reservation is required. Participants can email exhibits@pratt.edu to reserve a spot and should bring their own laptop.

On Saturday, April 27, Pratt Manhattan Gallery will host two presentations. For the first, Taezoo Park will present “How It Works” at 1 PM exploring the possibilities of interactive media in art and design through practical demonstrations with controlling LEDs, motors, sensors, and light. The second presentation, “Augmented Reality,” will begin at 2:30 PM. The presenter, Meredith Drum, creates cinema projects as linear screenings, interactive exhibitions, and augmented reality walking tours.

Both events are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, email exhibits@pratt.edu.

Saturday, April 20
Software Clock Canvas Workshop 1 PM

Saturday, April 27
“How It Works” 1 PM
“Augmented Reality” 2:30 PM

Pratt Manhattan Center
Room 213, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.


Pratt Fashion Show and Cocktail Benefit Honoring Thom Browne

American fashion designer Thom BrowneThe Pratt Institute Fashion Show spotlights innovative student fashion designs in a runway show attended by fashion-industry leaders, critics, and cognoscenti. The event also honors a preeminent fashion icon, Thom Browne, and is followed by an exclusive cocktail benefit with the honoree. This stylish evening of fashion generates significant funds that benefit student scholarships and the Pratt Institute Department of Fashion Design. Tickets to the 6 PM fashion show and the 7:30 PM cocktail benefit honoring Browne are available for purchase at pratt.edu/fashionshow.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

6 PM Award Presentation and Fashion Show
Center 548
548 West 22nd Street, New York City 

7:30 PM Cocktail Benefit
The Top of The Standard
848 Washington Street, New York City

Photo: Circe


The Look & Listen Festival to be Held at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Colin Jacobsen of Brooklyn Rider at 2012 Look & Listen FestivalThe Look & Listen Festival (L&L) is an annual 3-concert New York City event presenting new music in art galleries. The goal is to expand audiences for both art forms. For the second consecutive year, Look & Listen has partnered with Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery for its three concerts—including three world premieres—to be held in conjunction with the gallery's Graduate Fine Arts 2013 exhibition. The Festival showcases a mix of emerging and established musicians and a diverse range of 20th and 21st-century concert music. Concerts are hosted by prominent members of the industry who introduce and interview composers, visual artists, and performers. These informal and informative Q&As explore the creative process and increase concert-goers’ understanding and enjoyment of the arts. For tickets and information visit lookandlisten.org.




Friday, May 17 
8 PM

Saturday, May 18
8 PM

Sunday, May 19
4 PM

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14 Street, Second Floor, New York City

Photo: Courtesy of Amy Frawler


Panel Discussion at the Museum of Arts and Design

Pratt Institute will present "Differentiating by Design: How the Creative Economy Will Drive the Next 125 Years," a conversation on design and innovation at the Museum of Arts and Design during NYCxDesign. Cliff Kuang, Design Editor at Fast Company, will lead a discussion with prominent designers and entrepreneurs on how design innovation will shape the future and how best to prepare and inspire future generations to thrive in the creative economy. The conversation is free and open to the public, with RSVP to corpevents@pratt.edu

Monday, May 20
6:30 PM

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York City