I’m sad to see images of the beautiful 19th century Main Building at Pratt Institute in flames. It’s wonderful that no one was hurt, but the repairs will be costly and the students’ work that was destroyed is irreplaceable. This Daily News article calls it “suspicious,” but I hope that’s not true.
It’s that time of year again: the Pratt Show, showcasing the graduating class of Pratt designers, illustrators, and others. It runs for the next few days, May 7–May 10th at the Manhattan Center on 34th Street in Manhattan. Come check it out and hire all my wonderful students. The Communications Department website is worth a look.
May 7 – May 10, 2012
311 West 34th Street
New York, New York
Exclusive Reception for Industry Professionals
Monday, May 7, 6 – 9 PM
Public Show Hours
Monday, May 7, 12 – 5 PM
Tuesday, May 8, 9 AM – 9 PM
Wednesday, May 9, 9 AM – 9 PM
Thursday, May 10, 9 AM – 12 PM
More info here.
The UnMap Queens show is hanging in the Communications Design office at Pratt Institute. This is a collaboration with designer and artist Carl Gambrell of Projector Creative, sponsored by the Impossible Project. Gambrell and I spent several weeks exploring the mysterious corners of Queens, armed with Polaroid Spectra System cameras. Queens is a fascinating spot on the planet, rich in history and culture, but overshadowed by NYC’s other boroughs. We hope our photographs reveal some of its depth and weirdness.
UnMap Queens had previously hung at the Queens College Art Center and the Manhattan gallery space of the Impossible Project. Thanks to Communications Design Chair, Kathleen Creighton, for the opportunity to show our work again.
More of the UnMap Queens photos here.
I’m honored to be (with my son, Ben) part of photographer (and Pratt colleague) Bill Kontzias‘ Brooklyn Portrait Project, now hanging at Kingsborough College through March 21st. Kontzias’ shots of Brooklyn locals have been seen recently in the NYTimes’ The Local and BAM. As the life in the images attests, the snapping of the shutter is just punctuation to Kontzias’ conversation with the people he shoots.
Another talented former Pratt student is distinguishing herself. Arianna “Pika” Toft is a finalist in the Indonesian government’s first American Batik Design Competition. Her design is an impressive hybrid of Native American motifs, traditional Indonesian elements, and a contemporary sensibility that channels mid-century modern hipster flatness.
On her design, she writes, “Totem poles are among the most recognizable symbols associated with American cultural heritage. As the first inhabitants of the country, the Native Americans played a significant role in helping European settlers survive by providing food and valuable knowledge of the land.”
Her site is filled with good stuff.
I’ve had the great fortune to teach a small army of talented students at Pratt Institute the past several years. Many of my former students have gone on to impressive careers. Some came in to my classes with natural talent that far surpasses my own, and I can only hope that my insights help them to channel their abilities a little better. Anthony Cudahy is one of these. Since I don’t teach illustration, I didn’t see much of Anthony after he was in my sophomore-level Visual Communication class, but I’ve kept an eye out and am thrilled to see him getting some press. Hire him.
Here he is in Juxtapoz.
And on the Converse blog
and in booooooom
and on his own site.