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*


Inclusive Pedagogy Scholars – Accepting Applications!


Inclusive Pedagogy Scholars will  promote diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice on campus.

By researching and assessing the needs of individual schools, the IPSP program will synthesize, strategize and implement positive actions in order to address issues of exclusion, in both the curriculum and pedagogical practices used in classrooms and studio spaces across the Institute.

We are currently accepting applications from current faculty members, full or part time!

Click here for more information. 

The BlackLivesMatter Pratt Teach-In is Back!


#ShutEmDown Pratt ’17

February 23, 24, & 25 at Pratt Institute
This year’s teach-in features artists from all over the country as well as carefully curated workshops – all free & open to the public!
Take a look at what’s in store for our 2017 BlackLivesMatter Pratt Teach-In and free free to spread the word to friends and family by sharing events on FaceBook. 
We hope to see you soon!
BLM Pratt


Breaking Bread on MLK Day


Breaking Bread on MLK Day
Monday, January 16 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Higgins Hall, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breaking Bread on MLK Day is a time for the Pratt community to come together and celebrate and reflect on the works and teachings of Dr. King, and the efforts that continue in his name today. This event will be held Monday, January 16, 2017 in the Higgins Hall Auditorium from 4-6 PM.

Featuring performances by spoken word poet and activist Dominique Christina, BK Slam, Brotherhood Dance Troupe, and Jive Poetic of BKHP

This event is open to Pratt students, faculty, and staff. Community members intrerested in attending can contact blm@pratt.edu or csim@pratt.edu.

Mahogany L. Browne, Black Lives Matter Program Director, blm@pratt.edu
Colby Sim, Assistant Director for Student Engagement, csim@pratt.edu