MillerComm Lecture Series

1919: Black Water. On Painting, Climate Change, and the History of Environmental Segregation

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Torkwase Dyson

Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 East Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign

Event Description

Torkwase Dyson uses abstract painting and drawing to investigate spatial relationships, particularly as experienced by black and brown bodies as they navigate space historically, and in the contemporary environment. Dyson will discuss her recent work, including 1919: Black Water, currently on view at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University. Works in this exhibition respond to the 100th anniversary of the “Red Summer” of 1919, focusing on a tragic event that took place at one of Chicago’s segregated beaches. Additionally, she'll engage with campus participants in two days of workshops addressing shared interests in the politics and problems of space and movement within the social and cultural environments we inhabit.

Hosted by: School of Art + Design

In conjunction with: Art History Program/Jerrold Ziff Distinguished Lecture on Modern Art, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of Dance, Department of Education Policy, Organization & LeadershipDepartment of Geography & Geographic Information Science, Department of History, Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, IPRH/Andrew W. Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group, Krannert Art Museum, School of Architecture

Torkwase Dyson

Artist, New York City