Art and Practice is a series of programs that bring together emerging and experienced artists to explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life.
Studio K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) continues the collective formed by artist Tim Rollins and a group of students from a South Bronx public school. For this session, Studio K.O.S. asks the question, “As an artist, how do you check your ego at the door?”
They will discuss how, over 30 years of collaborative practice, they have brought lived experiences into their art, teaching, and community-building. Through group discussions, prompts, and exercises, participants will be invited to reflect on collectivity and reciprocity in their own artistic practices.
This two-hour program is for anyone who identifies as an artist and will take place over Zoom. This program is free, but an application form is required. To keep the conversation intimate, registration is limited and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please contact [email protected].
Angel Abreu (b.1974, Bronx, NY)
Abreu is an artist, writer, and educator who studied philosophy, art history, and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University. He joined Tim Rollins and K.O.S. in 1986. In addition to his work with K.O.S., he has developed his own practice based on a study of American Pragmatism as well as American literature. Abreu is on faculty in both the BFA Fine Arts and MFA Art Practice departments of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He also serves on the Education Committee of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Abreu is so proud to be the ’20–’21 Wallace Wilson Fellow at his alma mater, Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA.
Jorge Abreu (b.1979, Bronx, NY)
Abreu studied English at Bard College. He is a writer, poet, and podcast producer. Abreu joined Tim Rollins and K.O.S. in 1991. He is currently working on a poetry collection based on growing up in the rubble of the Golden Era of hip-hop. His interests are very embedded in hip-hop and pop culture.
Robert Branch (b.1977, Bronx, NY)
Branch is an artist and educator. He holds a BFA from the Cooper Union and a master’s in education in instructional technology and media from Teachers College, Columbia University. He joined Tim Rollins and K.O.S. collective at the age of 16. Branch’s interests are in the intersection of art, multimedia instruction, community, and communication. In addition to his work in the Studio K.O.S. collective, Branch works as a video producer and is the Director of Video Productions and Services for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at Columbia University. He also teaches at the School of Visual Arts in the BFA Fine Arts department, and is a former New York City public school art teacher.
Nelson Ricardo “Rick” Savinon (b. 1971, New York, NY)
Savinon studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts. He joined Tim Rollins and K.O.S. in 1985. He is an interior designer/art installer, videographer, painter, and sculptor, and has a great passion for fine art photography. In addition, Savinon has had several curatorial projects, including Dialogues: Tim Rollins & K.O.S. and Glenn Ligon, a 2018 exhibition (co-curated with Antonio Sergio Bessa) dedicated to Tim Rollins at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Automated captioning is available for all online programs. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning is available for public programs upon request with two weeks’ advance notice. MoMA will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made with less than two weeks’ notice. For accessibility questions or accommodation requests please email [email protected] or call (212) 708-9781.
Art and Practice is a series of seminars and workshops that bring together artists at all stages of their careers. Together they explore the challenges and possibilities of sustaining a creative life.
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Generous support for Adult and Academic Programs is provided by the Agnes Gund Education Endowment Fund for Public Programs, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art Endowment for Educational Programs, and the Jeanne Thayer Young Scholars Fund. Additional support is provided by the Annual Education Fund.