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.
Rujeko Hockley is an assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is co-curator of the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Additional projects at the Whitney include Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined (2017) and An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017 (2017).
Ekene Ijeoma is an artist, designer, and fellow at The Kennedy Center and Urban Designer Forum, and visiting professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ron Morrison is a designer, artist, and urbanist. He has been a collaborator with design teams that implemented projects in New Orleans, Ghana, Colombia, Ethiopia, New York, and Venice and has had work featured in AIA New York, the UN World Urban Forum, and the Tribeca Film Festival. He teaches in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design.
Mabel O. Wilson is Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation where she directs the program for Advanced Architectural Research. She is author of Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums (University of California Press, 2012).