Jenni Crain

Camerado, this is no book
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Tyler Dobson, Jan Groover, Nancy Grossman, Gertrude Käsebier, Pope.L, Robert Mapplethorpe, Rose Marcus, Ryan Mrozowski, Marilyn Nance, Ken Tisa, Robert Wilson
October 7 – October 15, 2017

Pratt Institute is pleased to announce a survey exhibition presented in two parts. The exhibition, organized and curated by alumni Jenni Crain and Nick Fusaro, brings together the artworks of participants within Pratt Institute’s program over the course of the past 125-plus years. Through the artistically engaged motivations of these multigenerational artists, the two-part exhibition offers a unique overview of the evolving social and political histories since the institution’s founding in 1887.

Part one, Camerado, this is no book, curated by Jenni Crain, takes its title from Walt Whitman’s poem “So Long!” first published as the final poem in the third release of Leaves of Grass in 1860. The line continues, “/ Who touches this touches a man.” The poem in its totality addresses and possesses praise for and faith in authors of the past and of the future. It emphasizes the unification of a people, which transcends the singularity of a life span or the productions of an individual. It pivots towards the masses - towards a collective responsibility for progress. An artwork, like a book, is not a finite achievement of a single maker, but instead is a reflection on and message to the communal contributions of consecutive generations.


Gertrude Käsebier Serbonne, 1903. Vintage gum print / halftone. 7 x 5 1/2 inches. From Camera Work, January 1903, 1:27.


(L) Pope.L Failure Drawing #127 I Have This Fear…, 2004. Ballpoint pen, acrylic, tape and yellow post-it on paper. 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches. (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #333 Rocket Fumble Palm Trees, 2006. Ballpoint pen, color marker, acrylic and magic marker on napkin. 4 ¾ x 6 ½ inches


(L) Pope.L Failure Drawing #737 Landscape with Stain, 2004. Ballpoint pen and stains on paper. 2 3/5 x 5 ½ inches. (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #252 Green Sky Red Mountain, 2005-2006. Ink and colored marker on hotel stationary. 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches


(L) Pope.L, Failure Drawing #1314 Dance, 2003. Ink, ballpoint pen and stains on paper. 3 5/8 x 5 5/16 inches (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #1358 Aerial, 2003. Pencil, ink, acrylic and white-out on verso-printed paper. 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches


(L) Pope.L Failure Drawing #285 Let’s Have a Party, 2004-2006. Ballpoint pen, ink, acrylic and stains on ruled paper. 5 ¼ x 8 7/16 inches (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #960 Worm into Space, 2004. Black marker and ink on hotel stationary. 5 7/16 x 3 15/16 inches


(L) Pope.L Failure Drawing #719 Grape Fall Mountain, 2004. Ballpoint pen and ink on graph paper. 7 x 4 ½ inches (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #291 Worm Thinks of Rocket and Rocket Thinks of Sea, 2003-2008. Ink and acrylic on paper. 6 x 4 5/16 inches


(L) Pope.L Failure Drawing #273 Fresco Monitors Yellow, Green, Blue Coffee, 2004-2006. Ink, acrylic, stains, hair, glue and collage on printed paper. 6 ¾ x 8 ½ inches (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #1112 Green Spot, 2004-2006. Ink, acrylic, and torn paper collage on printed paper. 4 ¾ x 6 ½ inches


(L) Pope.L Failure Drawing #312 Fall into Descent, 2004-2006. Ink, highlighter and acrylic on napkin. 7 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #923 Snake on TV, 2004. Ink and ballpoint pen on hotel stationary. 4 1/8 x 5 ½ inches


(L) Pope.L Failure Drawing #100 Bomb Mountain, 2004-2006. Ink, ballpoint pen, acrylic, and watercolor on printed page. 3 ½ x 5 inches (R) Pope.L Failure Drawing #107 The Night Laughs to See, 2004-2006. Ink and acrylic on hotel stationary. 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches


Ken Tisa Morning Ragas, 2014. Watercolor, gouache on panel. 16 x 20 inches


Robert Mapplethorpe Embrace, 1982. Silver gelatin print. 20 x 16 inches


Robert Wilson A Chair and a Table for an Author (from White Raven), 1998. Brushed aluminum, distilled water, flowers. 30 x 55 x 13 inches (table), 61 x 16 x 16 inches (chair)


Ryan Mrozowski Untitled (Dot), 2017. Inlaid plywood and stain. 30 x 22 inches


Marilyn Nance Three Women, 1973. Digital print. 30 x 20 inches (print)


Jan Groover Untitled, 1989. Vintage chromogenic print, mounted, framed. 30 x 40 inches


Tyler Dobson Untitled, 2016. Adirondack table, wooden birdhouse, acrylic paint. 39 x 18 x 18 inches


Nancy Grossman R.R.L., 1968. Lithographers crayon on paper. 12 1/2 x 19 inches (sheet size)


Rose Marcus Met (Muse with dream), 2016. Inkjet print on plexi with no white ink and aluminum frame. 49 ½ x 33 ½ inches


Gertrude Käsebier My Neighbors, 1905. Photogravure. 6 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches. From Camera Work, April 1905, 10:13


Rose Marcus Head (lights), 2016. Car headlamps, converter, electricity. Dimensions vary


Rose Marcus Met (plinth), 2016. Inkjet print on plexi with no white ink and aluminum frame. 33 ½ x 49 ½ inches