April 17, 2014
Lecture: Torkwase Dyson, “Nothing Disappears: Site/Environment/Installation and the Re-alignments Happening in My Imagination”
7 p.m., Performing Arts Building choral rehearsal room
Torkwase Dyson merges ideas of site, clean energy, architecture, and natural resources under the rubric of environmentalism to explore identity formations. Her work emphasizes contemporary climate change as an issue transforming the body’s relationship to language, materiality, imagination, geography and belonging. Dyson received her MFA from Yale University in painting and printmaking. As an interdisciplinary artist, her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson has been awarded the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Spelman College Art Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council grant, Yale University Barry Cohen Scholarship, the Yale University Paul Harper Residency at Vermont Studio Center Prize, Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, FSP/Jerome Fellowship, and Yaddo. Her work has also been supported by the Laundromat Project, the Green Festival of New York, Obsidian Arts, and public funds of the city of Minneapolis, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, the Kitchen and Dorchester Projects, in Chicago Illinois. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she is now based in Brooklyn, New York. Dyson comes to Reed as an artist-in residence at Reed, April 14–18, sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity’s series Aloud! at Reed. During her visit, she will create an outdoor, pop-up, environmental-art installation.