Tim Rollins and Angel Abreu of KOS: NSCAD University's Public Lecture for 2015

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 19:00
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NSCAD University
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Bell Auditorium, NSCAD's Fountain Campus, Halifax
2014-2015 Public Lecture Series Presents
Tim Rollins & Angel Abreu, K.O.S. (Kids of Survival)
Friday, February 27, 2015
Representatives from organizations who work with high-risk youth populations are encouraged to attend this talk and share information across their networks.
Tim Rollins (BFA, SVA) launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop in 1984 with at-risk students in the Bronx who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). The group has exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2011), Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, (2011), Museum fur Gegenwartskunst (2012), and Hayward Gallery (2012). Their work is included in collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum of Art, and the Tate Modern. Tim Rollins and K.O.S. are based in New York City.
From Tim Berry (Editor), "Tim Rollins & K.O.S.: A History" (http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/tim-rollins-and-kos):

"In August 1981, artist and activist Tim Rollins was recruited by the principal of Intermediate School 52 in the South Bronx to develop a curriculum that combined art-making with lessons in reading and writing for students classified as 'at risk.' On the first day of school, Rollins told his students, 'Today we are going to make art, but we are also going to make history.'. . .Rollins and his students developed a way of working that combined art-making with reading literature and writing personal narratives: Rollins or a student would read aloud from classic literary texts by such authors as Shakespeare and Orwell while the rest of the class drew or wrote on the pages being read, connecting the stories to their own experiences. Often, Rollins and his students (who later named themselves 'Kids of Survival' or K.O.S.) cut out book pages and laid them on a grid on canvas … with full colour images of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. These include a caricature of Jesse Helms with an animal body drawn on the pages of Animal Farm; graffiti-like images painted in acrylic on the pages of Frankenstein; a gleaming pattern of fantastical golden horns on Kafka's Amerika; and a series of red letter A's on The Scarlet Letter." 

Admission is free - a reception will follow. For more information about the Public Lecture Series, please contact: smason@nscad.ca.
Please note: members of the public are asked to bring a government-issued photo ID in order to gain access to NSCAD facilities.