Download the Studio K.O.S. Resource Packet: a compilation of excerpted texts on Tim Rollins and K.O.S. produced by A.R.T. and the Walker Art Center
How do we make history so we are not made by it?
Through their collaborative process, Studio K.O.S. rethink what art and reading can do. Using literature—literally and figuratively—as the material for their work, Studio K.O.S. refuse to be passive readers. Instead they actively transform texts and collectively produce new interpretations that insist on the relevance and value of their lived experiences.
About Studio K.O.S.
Studio K.O.S.'s history dates to the early 1980s, when artist Tim Rollins was recruited to serve as an art and literacy teacher at Intermediate School 52 in the South Bronx. Rollins was twenty-six at the time and had recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied with conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth. He was also a core member of the artist collective Group Material.
A.R.T. & Walker Art Center
Reading Resources: Studio K.O.S. was developed through a unique collaboration between A.R.T., the Walker Art Center, and the artists themselves in September 2020.
Watch Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S.: a documentary on the history of Tim Rollins and Studio K.O.S.
Read "Tim Rollins (1955–2017)": an obituary by Rollins' long-standing friend and collaborator Julie Ault
Read "Tim Rollins and K.O.S.": reflections on Tim Rollins and the collective's history by Studio K.O.S. member Angel Abreu in The Paris Review
Browse online resources from "Studio K.O.S.: The Continuing Legacy of Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival": the artist collective's 2021 exhibition at the Wexler Gallery
Learn about the history of Studio K.O.S. workshops through this Workshop Outline by Studio K.O.S. member Angel Abreu
Reading Resources: Studio K.O.S. was produced by Wendy Tronrud (A. R. T. Education Advisor) in collaboration with Art Resources Transfer (A.R.T.) and the Walker Art Center in 2020–21.
In memory of Tim Rollins.
A.R.T. would like to thank the Walker Art Center; in particular Nisa Mackie (Head of Public Engagement, Learning, and Impact), Simona Zappas (Youth Programs Coordinator), and Sara Shives (Production Manager).
We are grateful for the financial support of our generous funders:
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
Further support was granted by:
National Endowment for the Arts
H.W. Wilson Foundation
Wilhelm Family Foundation
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
A.R.T. Board of Directors
A.R.T. Advisory Board
Most specially, we thank Studio K.O.S.: Angel Abreu, Jorge Abreu, Robert Branch, and Ricardo Savinon.
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