November 26, 2012

125 Icons: A Celebration of Works by Pratt Alumni and Faculty, 1887–2012

Pratt Institute

Pratt Manhattan Gallery will commemorate Pratt Institute’s milestone 125th anniversary with 125 Icons: A Celebration of Works by Pratt Alumni and Faculty 1887–2012, an exhibition featuring iconic works created by Pratt alumni and faculty.

Pratt Institute is one of the world’s most prestigious colleges of art, design, and architecture, and its alumni and faculty have collectively produced works of art, design, and architecture that have changed the world. The 125 artists, designers, and architects included in 125 Icons were selected by alumni, faculty, students, and staff through an online voting process. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

“This exhibition is the grand finale of Pratt’s 16-month 125th anniversary celebration,” said Pratt President Thomas F. Schutte. “We’re excited to bring together these iconic works at Pratt Manhattan Gallery and to commemorate the achievements of alumni and faculty who have helped make the Institute what it is today,” he added.

“The collection of works on display are innovative, creative, and representative of the impact that Pratt’s alumni and faculty have had on the world,” said Todd Galitz, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “These works of art, design, and architecture comprise all facets of our lives including the spaces we inhabit, the products we use, the media we consume, and the art that inspires us.”

Iconic works created by the 125 individuals featured in the exhibition include New York’s landmark Chrysler Building (designed by alumnus and architect William van Alen), groundbreaking covers of Esquire magazine (designed by alumnus and master communicator George Lois), Sesame Street’s beloved Big Bird (created by Jim Henson and brought to life by faculty member and master puppet builder Kermit Love), Scrabble (conceived by alumnus and out-of-work architect Alfred Mosher Butts during the Depression), the sleek Corvette C5 (redesigned by alumnus and industrial designer John Cafaro), and OXO Good Grips (co-launched by alumnus and industrial designer Tucker Viemeister). The exhibition will also feature works by an illustrious group of fine artists including Vito Acconci, Audrey Flack, Alex Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Jacob Lawrence, and Roxy Paine.

A video loop of Treasures of New York: Pratt Institute, a half-hour broadcast documentary program produced by Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21, will also be on view.

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