Tim Rollins and K.O.S., ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream (After Shakespeare and Mendelssohn)’, 2014, Children's Museum of the Arts Auction 2014

Estimated retail value: $5,000

Since 1981, Tim Rollins and “Kids of Survival”—originally a group of middle schoolers from the South Bronx, now a larger cohort of students of all ages—have collaborated on works inspired by literary texts and current events. This colorful work on paper, created with students in a workshop at the Children’s Museum of Art, is inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and partially composed of mustard seed and apple juice.

Unique work made in collaboration with kids in a workship at the CMA.

Signature: Yes

Image rights: Courtesy of Studio KOS and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY

About Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Beginning in 1981, Tim Rollins collaborated with a group of young people he called the “Kids of Survival,” originally comprised of middle school students from the South Bronx school where Rollins was a teacher. Since then, a number of students of various ages have contributed to the work, which is often inspired by literary texts and current events. The group has created paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs based on texts such as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Franz Kafka’s Amerika. In By Any Means Necessary (After Malcolm X), made in 2008, the composition is dominated by two graphic black X’s painted across a grid of pasted pages taken from the biography of Malcolm X, demonstrating the group’s interest in integrating art, literature, and history.

American, Active 1981 - 2017, based in South Bronx, New York