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Week of September 27, 2021

Made in NYC Week 2021 kicks off today! The annual celebration runs through October 9 and is organized by Made in NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development. It celebrates NYC’s vibrant manufacturing and maker community with this year’s event featuring pop-up markets and digital dialogues spotlighting locally made products and the stories of the people who make them. Find the full schedule online.

Salman Toor, MFA Painting ’09, is one of the artists featured in the Frick’s new Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters project that pairs new works in conversation with Old Master paintings. As The Art Newspaper reported, Toor’s “Museum Boys” will be installed alongside Johannes Vermeer’s “Mistress and Maid” and “Officer and Laughing Girl” through January 2022.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) launched the inaugural issue of its journal, iteratio /i.te’ra:.ti.o/. The publication can be explored online, with stories highlighting creative approaches to the scholarship of teaching and learning at Pratt.

MFA Writing students recently joined urban forager Marie Viljoen for a walk around Pratt’s neighborhood to discover its wild edible plants. See more @PrattWriting.

From October 2 to December 9, PrattMWP is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute joining Pratt Institute. See the PrattMWP Alumni Anniversary site for a full schedule of events as well as work by alumni artists.

Made in NYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, is spotlighting Latinx-owned businesses on social media and their website for Hispanic Heritage Month. A recent feature highlighted the work of Catalina Parra, MS Urban Environmental Systems Management ’13, who through her Base Ceramics studio creates mugs, vases, and planters that explore form, color, materiality, and a fusion of aesthetics and functionality.

The Pratt Foundation Expanded program installed a temporary “Mulch Mural” on Myrtle Avenue created by students Sarah Schneider, Jennifer Kim, Rose Moon, Haesung Hwang, and Avery Balcazar. Read more about the project @PrattInstitute.

More Or Less magazine featured the work of Dina Knapp, Graphic Art and Design ’70, who was one of the Pratt students who in the late 1960s helped launch the Art to Wear movement. The article includes photographs of Knapp’s crochet and quilted garments as well as an interview with the late artist’s daughter Astra Dorf: “For her, everything had a cause. It wasn’t just something that looked pretty. If you are thinking about natural elements in your work, you’re obviously thinking about the greater whole of the planet.”

PBS featured the recent exhibition by Coby Kennedy, BID ’00, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn that with an eight-by-ten-by-six-foot sculpture replicated the dimensions of a solitary confinement cell on Rikers Island. Kennedy’s installation, which is named for Kalief Browder who died by suicide after three years in the prison including over 700 days in solitary confinement, is now on view in Philadelphia as part of the Monumental Tour, as covered by WHYY.

Students in the Light & Space studio led by Michael Sarno, visiting assistant professor of industrial design, engaged in a cut paper project inspired by the lessons taught by Josef Albers at the Bauhaus to create sculptural forms with light and shadow. See more @PrattIndustrial.

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