What’s Wrong With This Picture? Pratt’s Panel on the 2017 Whitney Biennial Controversy

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Pratt’s Panel on the 2017 Whitney Biennial Controversy

The 2017 Whitney Biennial has sparked recent debate and controversy by exhibiting Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket” painting of Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955), an African American teenager lynched at age 14 after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman.

Bill Gaskins, Artist and Associate Professor of Art at Cornell University was Pratt’s guest Speaker.  Gaskins facilitated a student panel and audience discussion examining race and representation, photography, painting and the portrait, the politics of visual culture, art and the academy and the artist as citizen.

Guest panelists (in seated order from left to right):  Michelle Wen (BFA in Painting), Rachel Cohen (MFA in Painting), Adriana Green (MFA in Writing), Jive Poetic (MFA in Writing).

*Sponsored by: Pratt Institute Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, School of Art and Design, Pratt Academic Senate’s Academic Initiatives Fund, Pratt UFCT 1460 Faculty Emergency Fund, Pratt Social Justice & Social Practice Collective and Black Lives Matter, Pratt Institute*


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