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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.



Director Spike Lee, one of contemporary cinema's most celebrated figures, will speak at Pratt Institute in honor of African American History Month. The filmmaker, producer, and writer will address Pratt students and the public, sharing thoughts on his road to success, the themes that resonate through much of his work, and the cultural impact of his career. Raised in Brooklyn, Lee frequently incorporates the borough and relevant issues-such as gentrification, race relations, urban crime, and poverty-into his movies, including his seminal 1989 film Do the Right Thing, as well as Clockers, He Got Game, and others. Staying close to his roots, Lee located his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, which supports independent and aspiring filmmakers, in Fort Greene.


Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 PM

Memorial Hall Auditorium

Pratt's Brooklyn Campus

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. 


Pratt students, faculty, and staff can pick up tickets at the Office of Student Involvement in Chapel Hall, room 007. A valid Pratt ID is required. Members of the public can reserve up to two tickets by emailing events@pratt.edu. Please include name(s) and phone number. 



Brooklyn-based video and performance artist Kalup Linzy, whose work is inspired largely by his childhood in rural Florida, will discuss his work on February 24. Linzy's interdisciplinary works appropriate and satirize themes from soap operas, telenovelas, and Hollywood melodramas, exploring issues of race, gender, and sexuality.  His work is in the public collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art and has been showcased at venues and shows including MoMA PS1 and Prospect New Orleans. The event is part of the 2013-2014 Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series, which is made possible in part by a generous grant from The Robert Lehman Foundation.           


Monday, February 24, 7 PM

Memorial Hall Auditorium

Pratt Brooklyn Campus


Panel to Examine Contributions of Black Fashion Designers at Pratt Manhattan Gallery

The Pratt Manhattan Gallery is hosting a panel discussion in conjunction with Black Dress, an exhibition that examines the creativity and business ingenuity of ten contemporary black designers. The show, which opened February 6, has already received broad press coverage in outlets like NY1, ABC, Elle Magazine, Style.com, and others. The discussion will focus on the contributions of black designers, and participants include: Walter Greene (moderator), fashion editorial director of Profiles98 and consultant to Black Dress; Michaela Angela Davis, former executive editor at Essence; Julee Wilson, style and beauty editor, The Huffington Post/Black Voices; Harriette Cole, former editor of Ebony, Essence, and Uptown; Elaine Welteroth, beauty and health director at Teen Vogue; and Adrienne Jones, Pratt Institute Fashion professor and Black Dress curator. Mannequins for Black Dress generously provided by PATINA-V and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Wednesday, March 5, 68 PM
Pratt Manhattan Campus, Room 213
144 West 14th Street
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are required.
RSVP to exhibits@pratt.edu