Winter Term: Torkwase Dyson and the Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Justice
The Drawing Center invited artist Torkwase Dyson to create an installation and organize a two-week series of classes, discussions, and formal experiments developed from her incipient project the Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Justice—named for Jamaican writer Sylvia Wynter and American Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells. The School will present an experimental curriculum employing techniques culled from the visual arts as well as design theories of geography, infrastructure, engineering, and architecture to initiate dialogue about geographic genealogy in an era of global crisis due to human-induced climate change. Drawings and sculptures by Dyson will be on view throughout the program’s run and Dyson will be present during select “office hours” to discuss her work and the school with the public.
Christina Sharpe is a Professor at Tufts University in the Department of English, and the programs in Africana; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has authored In the Wake: On Blackness and Being and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Duke University Press, 2016; 2010).
Torkwase Dyson (b. Chicago) is an artist based in New York whose practice draws on her interest in abstraction, social architecture, and environmental justice. She began engaging social architecture through her project Studio South Zero (2014–ongoing), a mobile studio that relies on solar power and supports multidisciplinary artmaking.