Join Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) for the first in a three-part series of conversations with Studio KOS (Kids of Survival). At this free online event on Thursday, March 18 from 12–1pm (EDT), learn about the evolution of Studio KOS, a collective of artists continuing the legacy of the late Tim Rollins and KOS, whose collaborative approach to making art began in the Bronx in the 1980s. The artwork that resulted from their collaborations can be seen today in over 120 museums and public collections worldwide including the National Academy of Sciences, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Register to join the conversation on Thursday, March 18 from 12–1pm (EDT).

Studio KOS consists of Angel Abreu, Jorge Abreu, Robert Branch, and Rick Savinon, original members who have remained active for more than 30 years. They are dedicated to the mission of empowering young people through exposure to art and literature. At this intimate conversation, all four members will reflect on the evolution of the collective with time for questions and interaction with the audience. 

In 2009, CPNAS engaged Tim Rollins and KOS to create an artwork honoring the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his publication On the Origin of Species. This was the first time the group had engaged with science literature, illuminating the potential of art engagement as an educational tool in science. Since then, the collective has workshopped Darwin’s book with students at a school in Scotland and elsewhere. The original painting that initiated the series is in CPNAS’s collection.

This program is part of CPNAS’s DASER (DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous) series. Launched in 2011, DASER is a discussion forum series providing a snapshot of multidisciplinary projects and fostering networking across disciplines.