U.VA. ART MUSEUM EXHIBITS “PURPLE WITH LOVE’S WOUND”:
TIM ROLLINS + K.O.S.
September 5, 2003 --
WHAT: “Purple with Love’s Wound”:
Tim Rollins + K.O.S.
Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 9
U.Va. Art Museum
1982, conceptual artist Tim Rollins began a collaboration
with middle-school students in the South
Bronx to explore
literature through the visual arts. That
successful effort lead to the creation of an ambitious program, Rollins
+ K.O.S (Kids of Survival). Rollins and members of K.O.S.
travel throughout the United
States and abroad, working with youth to create images using text and themes
found in classical literature.
University of Virginia Arts Board brought Rollins to Charlottesville
for a year’s residency in
fall 2002. Rollins lectured and gave workshop training
to U.Va. students, who in the spring of 2003 implemented
that he and
K.O.S. had developed. The team studied and researched Shakespeare’s
Midsummer Night’s Dream.” They chose the theme of Puck and
his magic flower as the inspiration to pursue visually: what does this
with love’s wound,” look like? In spring and summer workshops,
more than 150 participating youth created imaginative flower forms. Rollins
member Nelson Ricardo Savinon returned in July as featured artists to
work with youth in Summer Arts @ the Museum.
and K.O.S. attached many of the flowers to 24 pages from
text to create the featured piece in the exhibition. Six other collaborative
works, created with groups in other areas of the country, are also
on view: “Invisible
Man (after Ralph Ellison),” two versions from 1997 and 2002; “The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (after Mark Twain),” 2001; “I
See the Promised Land (after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.),” 1998-2003; “Incidents
in the Life of a Slave Girl (after Harriet Jacobs),” 2001; and “Amerika—Everyone
is Welcome! (after Franz Kafka),” 2001-02.
Singerman, McIntire Department of Art associate professor,
contributed an essay
to the accompanying catalog, which also includes selected
images, a foreword by Jill Hartz, the museum director, and biographical
will present a gallery talk on Friday, Sept. 19, preceding
the exhibition's opening reception, 5:30 – 7:30
p.m. The reception is free to museum members; others may
join at the door or pay $3.
exhibition and catalog received support from the University
Arts Board, the Arts
Enhancement Fund, and the Arts$ program.
from the following organizations participated in the program:
Elementary School, Charlottesville
High School (the U.Va.
Art Museum’s Early
Visions program), DSS Attention House, Girl Scout Troup 965,
Le Petite Ecole, Miller School, Montessori Community School,
Virginia School for the Deaf and
the Blind (Staunton), Western Albemarle High School, Whisper
Ridge of Charlottesville, Woodbrook Elementary School and the
University of Virginia.
students Margaret Gabriela Vest and Virginia Ridenour served
as co-chairs of the Arts Board.
A complete list of student
leaders is published in the catalog.
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited
parking is available
behind the museum.
details about the exhibit and information about the museum,
call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298