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Opening Sept. 19

September 5, 2003 --
WHAT: “Purple with Love’s Wound”: Tim Rollins + K.O.S.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 9

WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum

In 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.

The 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 a project that he and K.O.S. had developed. The team studied and researched Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” They chose the theme of Puck and his magic flower as the inspiration to pursue visually: what does this flower, “purple with love’s wound,” look like? In spring and summer workshops, more than 150 participating youth created imaginative flower forms. Rollins and K.O.S. member Nelson Ricardo Savinon returned in July as featured artists to work with youth in Summer Arts @ the Museum.

Rollins and K.O.S. attached many of the flowers to 24 pages from the play’s 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.

Howard 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 information.

Rollins 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.

The exhibition and catalog received support from the University Arts Board, the Arts Enhancement Fund, and the Arts$ program.

Youth from the following organizations participated in the program: Burnley Moran 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.

U.Va. students Margaret Gabriela Vest and Virginia Ridenour served as co-chairs of the Arts Board. A complete list of student Arts Board members and workshop leaders is published in the catalog.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available behind the museum.

For details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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