Pratt Alumni Exhibition
Please join us for the 2015 Pratt Alumni Exhibition, coinciding with Pratt Alumni Day!
(See below for exhibition details.)
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 19th, 2 – 4pm
September 19 – October 19, 2015
Steuben and DeKalb gallery hours are from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday. (Please note that the gallery will closed for the Yom Koppur and Columbus Day holidays.)
Pratt Institute (Brooklyn Campus)
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Curator: Will Hutnick
Featuring work by artists: Matthew Addison, Emily Auchincloss, Vasileious Bouzas, Nathalie Collins, Peggy Cyphers, Cristina de Miguel, Heather Garland, Julie Goll, Michael Kagdis, Jennifer Shepard and Helaine Soller
“…In those quiet, sometimes hardly moving times, when something is coming near, I want to be with those who know secret things, or else alone.”
Curator: Kelly Worman
Featuring work by artists: Paula Abreu Pita, Polina Barskaya, Jonathan Blaustein, Steven Bleicher, Sean Carroll, Vincent Colabella, Andrew Davidson, Anthony Heinz May, Neil Keller, Martin Landau, Roxi Marsen, William Moree, Rebecca Morgan, Valerie Rizzo, Marika Robak and Jessica Perelman
EVERY NOW + AGAIN
Cultural theorist Mieke Bal describes cultural memory as a signifier that "memory can be understood as a cultural phenomenon, as well as an individual or social one”. As cultural memory happens in the present, all around us, at all times, it is constantly shifting and reshaping itself, linking the now to the then, while influencing the future.
Cultural memory, collective identity, heritage, and nostalgia are explored in this exhibition.
The artists chosen for this exhibition are from different generations, different disciplines, and of different cultural descent, yet they share the commonality of spending formative years in building their artistic practice at Pratt, whilst contributing to Pratt’s collective identity.
Through this work, we get a glimpse of relatable imagery (frequently nodding to Americana), sometimes dredging up discomfort while other times giving us a case of the warm-and-fuzzies, yet resonating with a familiarity, naturally and poignantly identifying within each of us.
Curator: Caroline Taylor
Featuring works by artists: Felix Aarts, Mario Naves, Beth Shipley, Nicholas Van Zanten, Patricia Zarate and Jim Zinganelli
The six artists included in this exhibition represent the tradition of abstract painting embedded in the culture of Pratt Institute. Working in the vein of notable alumni such as Ellsworth Kelly and Pat Steir, the visual vocabulary developed by each artist confronts the formal elements of color. Spanning four decades of alumni, the exhibition proves an ongoing dialogue with abstraction.
Curator: Susan Luss
Featuring work by artists: Keiran Brennan Hinton, Margaret Coleman, Meredith Hoffheins, Kristin Holcomb, Bruce Horan, Ginny Howsam Friedman, Donna Moran, Alessandro Morosani, Sally Novak, Aubrey Roemer, Polly Shindler, Audrey Stone, Christopher Verstegen, Rebecca Warlick and Robert Irwin Wolf
“Pluralism in art refers to the nature of art forms and artists as diverse. The cultural context of art is all encompassing in its respect for the art of the world's cultures. Inclusion of individuals of differing ethnicities, genders, ideologies, abilities, ages, religions, economic status, and educational levels is valued. Pluralism honors differences within and between equitable groups while seeing their commonalities.”
- Defined by NAB (New Art Basics, Department of Art and Design, Iowa State University)
At its core, pluralism in art celebrates inclusion, the diverse quality of people’s experience, as well as their perceptions of those experiences.
The fourteen Pratt Alumni selected for this exhibition are as generationally diverse as are the media they work with. Fundamentally, these artists are concerned with relationships, the qualities of those relationships, and how ones individual perceptions can shape their experience of those relationships. Each work provides a place (space) that might evoke in the viewer some awareness of their relationship not only to self, but also to that of others. A shared experience of being here at this moment, looking at this work, while potentially connecting to a larger community beyond the work; to a place that connects us all, one to the other.
Collectively, these art works exist within the structure of this place and time, yet they go beyond those structures. They transcend the verities of time and culture. They celebrate the diversity of humans in the physical world; to be deep-rooted, encompassing something larger than each of us individually.
While the artists participating in this exhibition may not have been thinking of ideas surrounding pluralism in art when creating their work, what resulted is art that is diverse, engaging, and inclusive. These works are at once timeless and timely.
200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY, United States