In August 1981, art educator Tim Rollins was teaching art to middle-school students in the South Bronx. Three years later, he developed a curriculum that incorporated art-making with reading and writing for students who were classified as academically or emotionally “at risk.” The “Art and Knowledge Workshop” was launched with a group of students who called themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). Over the last 25 years, Rollins and K.O.S. have produced paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture based on literary texts such as Franz Kafka’s Amerika, Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and musical scores, including Winterreise by Franz Schubert. The group has exhibited their creations widely in national and international venues. The work is represented in prestigious public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery London, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Works on loan for exhibition courtesy of Lehmann-Maupin Gallery, NY, and Tim Rollins & K.O.S.