Torkwase Dyson

Tuesday, March 07, 6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Join us in person for a lecture by artist Torkwase Dyson followed by an audience Q&A.

This event will be live captioned by Communication Access Realtime Translation services.

Working in painting, drawing, and sculpture, Torkwase Dyson combines expressive mark-making and geometric abstraction to explore the continuity between ecology, infrastructure, and architecture. Dyson deconstructs, distills, and interrogates the built environment, exploring how individuals—particularly Black and Brown people—negotiate, negate, and transform systems and spatial order. Her work has extended beyond traditional studio practices in projects such as Studio South Zero (SSZ), a solar-powered mobile studio for learning and making art about the environment, or the roving pedagogical site The Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Liberation (2018–present). In projects such as I Can Drink the Distance (2019) and Liquid A Place (2021), Dyson created sculptural and architectural installations that provide a platform for collaboration with other artists, dancers, and thinkers. Throughout her work and research, Dyson seeks to confront issues of environmental liberation, envisioning a path toward a more equitable future. 

Dyson’s work has been the focus of solo exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago; Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia; Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont; The Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg, Germany; and Serpentine Galleries, London. Group exhibitions include The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Drawing Center, New York; Corcoran School of Arts and Design and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, among others. Dyson presented a newly commissioned work for the group exhibition A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Baltimore Museum of Art in 2022.

View the Torkwase Dyson SAIC Flaxman Library Resource Guide for additional information about the artist.