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Week of July 26, 2021

Zhenru Yan, BFA Fine Arts (Jewelry) ’21, was featured by Arts Thread as part of the Global Design Graduate Show 2021. In a video story and Q&A, Yan discussed her practice, adapting to the pandemic, and her thesis project The Embodied Metropolis which has pieces inspired by architecture and cities: “In order to demonstrate that future architecture can strengthen the connection between humans, I made jewelry that requires two people to wear it at the same time.”

Pascale Sablan, BArch ’06, and Ashely Kuo, BFA Interior Design ’14, are among the “New Legacy Makers” showcased in the most recent issue of architectural magazine PIN-UP.

“Living Just Enough” by Ricardo Palacio, MArch ’21, is designed for students and their families to have access to learn and advocate for their educational rights in New York City. See renderings of the project and read more at @prattsoa.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) interviewed Xarea Lockhart, BFA Fashion Design ’19, about her recent collaboration with Manolo Blahnik to outfit the Brooklyn United Music and Arts marching band and how studying at Pratt influenced her career: “My time at Pratt definitely helped me cultivate that ‘keep going’ attitude where I learned to always be ready to re-plan, redirect and even start over.”

In “Potential Heirlooms” by Quintin Boucher, MID ’21, household appliances are designed to be easily repaired. The thesis project addresses the issue of appliances contributing to electronic waste with a toaster and kettle designed with compatible heating elements that are easily accessible using just a quarter to disassemble them. See more on @PrattIndustrial.

A feature on Bklyner highlighted how Tara Duvivier, senior planner at the Pratt Center for Community Development, is both a DJ and urban planner and how the two roles both focus on community organizing. Her recent sets include playing the 2021 Oscars warm-up show and red carpet.

Mahogany L. Browne, MFA Writing ’16, was named Lincoln Center’s first-ever Poet-in-Residence. Her residency includes curating monthly virtual and in-person events from July to September, with the programming drawing on her extensive experience as a poet and activist.

Brandon Foushee, BFA Photography ’21, and Su Ji Lee, BFA Photography ‘22, were featured on Lenscratch’s 2021 list of student photographers to watch.

A New York Times feature on Dalilah Muhammad, hurdler for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, includes a video of a 17-year-old Muhammad competing in the Colgate Women’s Games held in Pratt’s Activities Resource Center (ARC). The amateur track series for girls in elementary school through college began at Pratt in 1974 has helped launch several Olympians including Cheryl Toussaint and Grace Jackson-Small.

During this past year of isolation and social distancing, Eliane Yeung reflected on a distinct feature of NYC—the bodega cat—which inspired the School of Continuing and Professional Studies student to create the video animation “Bodega Cats v. House Cats.” Watch it on the @PrattInstitute Instagram.

Phoebe Robinson, BFA Writing ’06, was the guest host for Jimmy Kimmel Live on July 14. A clip of Robinson interviewing Scripps National Spelling Bee winner Zaila Avant-garde is available to watch on YouTube.

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