Exhibition Celebrates 35 Years of Pratt in Venice

Pratt in Venice inaugurated its celebrations in honor of the 35th year of the program with the exhibition, Infinite Jest.

Infinite Jest featured the work of Pratt in Venice alumnae Monique Rollins, Hahn Hyewon, and painting faculty Michael Brennan. The exhibition was curated by Venetian art critic and curator Martina Cavallarin. All three artists responded to the particular environment of Venice, experienced during their time participating in the Pratt in Venice program, in their work.

Presented at the gallery of the Società Dante Alighieri – Comitato di Venezia, the exhibition, on view from May 3–July 28, 2019, was celebrated with a reception in the Cloister of Sant’Elena, Venice, on the evening of June 13th. Current students and faculty mixed and mingled with Venetian colleagues and collaborators, Pratt Institute visitors, and alumni of the program from its beginning years.


Michael Brennan is a Brooklyn-based abstract painter. He is represented by Minus Space, and has worked with Lucas Schoormans, Anthony Meier Fine Art, Yoshii Gallery, and Thatcher Projects. He has exhibited internationally in cities including Brussels, Cologne, Mexico City, Paris, Shanghai, and Sydney. Brennan's group exhibitions include at MoMA PS1, CCNOA, and Industry City. His work in in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the San José Museum of Art, as well as General Dynamics, American Express, and other private collections. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has written numerous reviews for Artnet (Painters Journal), The Brooklyn Rail, as well as catalogue essays. He earned a BA in Classics from the University of Florida; a MFA in Painting, and a MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art from Pratt Institute in 1992. He has been teaching at Pratt Institute since 1998, and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor and Graduate Painting Coordinator. He has also taught at Hunter College, Cooper Union, and SVA. He has been a faculty member of Pratt in Venice since 2018.

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Hyewon Hahn received a BFA in Painting, with a minor in Art History in 2007, and a MFA in Fine Arts in 2009 from Pratt Institute. During her graduate study, she also attended Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, studying contemporary art. She has held a solo exhibition at Thomas Square Park Gallery, New York; and group shows include Broome Street Gallery; Lucky Gallery; SOHO 20 Chelsea Gallery; Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery in New York; and Monroe Gallery in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her portfolio consists of acrylic and oil sticks on paper. Her working practice involves painting by overlapping lines on top of each other. Each work is a contemplation of her emotion, journey, and thought. She participated in the Pratt in Venice program in 2006.

Monique Rollins has exhibited her painting internationally for over a decade. In 2018, she featured solo exhibitions at Metroquadro Gallery in Turin, Italy; the Dante Alighieri Society in Venice, Italy; and earlier in the year, the Delaware Contemporary traveled her exhibition, Eastern Poesia, to the Zhu Naizheng Research Center for Art and the American Center, in Beijing, China. Other solo exhibitions include at the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Delaware; the Shevchenko National Museum in Kiev, Ukraine; Andre Zarre Gallery in New York City; CONTEXT Art Miami 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions; the American Embassy in Rome’s Tri Mission Art Gallery; Art Central Hong Kong; and Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City, to name a few. Born in 1980 in Wilmington, Delaware, she received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002, and an MFA in Painting, an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, and a Museum Studies Certificate in 2006 from Pratt Institute. She participated in the Pratt in Venice program in 2006, and was the on-site Program Assistant in 2007.

Curator Martina Cavallarin, born in Venice in 1966, is an art critic, essayist, curator, and writer. She has organized international exhibitions and published books and catalogs distributed in Italy and abroad. Her research focuses on the investigation of relational and social systems through artistic and educational projects that involve contemporary culture and the human sphere. In 2009, she founded scatolabianca, an association dedicated to contemporary visual art, serving as president and director. She participates in juries and scientific committees in private and public institutions, and has held training workshops at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, Venice, as well as in private associations and galleries. Her scholarship and curatorial practice is focused on emerging artists, critics, and curators, working on the methods of insertion and growth within the contemporary art system. Recent select publications include MODUS. Tecniche, poetiche, materiali nell'arte contemporanea for the 2017 Biennale di Venezia; L'abbandono. Pratiche di relazione nell'arte contemporanea (2014); Annalù - Works 1994-2014 (2014); and Undici allunaggi possibili (2012). In January 2019, she founded her professional studio in Venice, a laboratory of curatorial practices and exhibition space.

Infinite Jest is on view at the Società Dante Alighieri – Comitato di Venezia, Campo della Chiesa, 3, Sant’Elena, Venice, and is free and open to the public. The Pratt in Venice 35th Anniversary Celebration will take place on June 13th, at 6.00 pm. The exhibition is on view from May 3 through June 28, 2019. Hours of the gallery are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.