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Torkwase Dyson at the Whitney Biennial 2024



Torkwase Dyson (1973, Chicago, Illinois)

She describes herself as a painter working across multiple mediums to explore the continuity between ecology, infrastructure, and architecture.
Examining human geography and the history of Black spatial liberation strategies, Dyson’s abstract works grapple with the ways in which space is perceived, imagined and negotiated particularly by black and brown bodies. Dyson has distilled a vocabulary of poetic forms to address the spaciousness of freedom and question what type of climates are born out of world building.
In addition to participating in group exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and California African American Museum, Los Angeles, Dyson has had solo exhibitions and installations at Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago; Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia; and Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont.
Text and courtesy: Pace Gallery

Visual: Torkwase Dyson, Liveness (Multi-Scalar Motion #1), 2022. Installation view, Torkwase Dyson: A Liquid Belonging, Pace Gallery, 540 West 25th Street, Nov 11 – Dec 17, 2022 © Torkwase Dyson. Photo by Melissa Goodwin (work not in the Biennial)