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Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Tim Rollins (b. 1955, Pittsfield, Maine; lives and works in New York) studied fine art at the University of Maine and earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. After graduate studies in art education and philosophy at New York University, Rollins began teaching art for special education middle school students in a South Bronx public school.  In 1984, he launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop in the Bronx together with a group of at-risk students who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). In 1997, the documentary, Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins & K.O.S. was widely received at the London Film Festival; Cinéma du Réel, France; and the Hamptons International Film Festival, New York.

 

Since its inception, the group has exhibited extensively worldwide including solo exhibitions at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2014); Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2012); and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2011); The Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2010); Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia (2010); the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta (2006); The Contemporary Art Museum of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA (2005); the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2002); and the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (2001). Rollins and K.O.S. have also participated in notable group exhibitions such as Beyond the Veil: Works from the Permanent Collection, Bronx Museum, New York (2016); An Inclusive World, Queens Museum, New York (2015); Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015); Body Language, The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York (2013); Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London (2012); and the Whitney Biennial, New York(2006).

 

The group’s work is represented in nearly 100 prestigious public collections, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Hirshhorn Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Modern, London; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; Aspen Art Museum, CO; Berkeley Art Museum, University of California Berkeley; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and Dallas Museum of Art, TX, among others.