Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Telephone: 312.787.4071


Wynter-Wells School
MAY 03, 2018 - JUL 28, 2018

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present Torkwase Dyson and the Wynter-Wells School, one of the inaugural projects to be developed through the new Graham Foundation Fellowship program. In residence throughout the run of the exhibition, Dyson will use the Madlener House as both a site for installation and as an incubator for discussion. By convening a series of conversations, classes, and lectures with artists, writers, designers, poets, environmentalists, and social theorists in close proximity to Dyson’s work, the project actively considers the creation and production of form in today’s material and political climate.

Classes will be structured as intimate morning sessions, followed by a public forum in the afternoon. A full course schedule, plus instructions on how to apply and participate will be available on this page on April 13.

Torkwase Dyson, born in Chicago, is an artist based in New York whose practice draws on her interest in abstraction, social architecture, and environmental justice. She began engaging social architecture through her project Studio South Zero (2014–ongoing), a mobile studio that relies on solar power and supports multidisciplinary artmaking. Recent solo exhibitions of Dyson’s work have been presented at the Drawing Center, New York City; Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Eyebeam, Brooklyn; and the Meat Market Gallery, Washington, DC. Her work has also been included in exhibitions in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Martos Gallery; Postmasters Gallery; and We Buy Gold, Brooklyn as well as at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, and the National Museum of African Art, Washington DC. Dyson’s work has been supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation; Nancy Graves Foundation; Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center. She is on the board of the Architectural League of New York and is a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Art. She is represented by Davidson Contemporary, New York; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

Images: (left) Torkwase Dyson, De-Teritorializing (Water Table), 2017. Graphite, wax on paper. Triptych. 144 x 96 inches. Published by Brodsky Center, collaborating master printer Randy Hemminghaus. Photo: Torkwase Dyson, © Torkwase Dyson and Brodsky Center. (right) Torkwase Dyson, I’m Walking Outside Myself (Water Table, Ocular #1), 2017. Polymer gravure on Hahnemühle Copperplate White paper. Edition of 10, with H.C. 39 1/2 x 29 inches. Published by Brodsky Center, collaborating papermaker Anne McKeown. Photo: Torkwase Dyson, © Torkwase Dyson and Brodsky Center.


Madlener House
4 West Burton Place, Chicago
May 03, 2018 to Jul 28, 2018

Please note, our galleries are temporarily closed for installation. Our next exhibition, Torkwase Dyson and the Wynter-Wells School, opens May 3, 2018.

Tuesday—Friday, 10am–5pm
and by appointment.

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