In Memoriam Remembering Tim Rollins

Sergio Bessa

When Tim Rollins became a trustee of the Bronx Museum in 2009 I was elated. I had followed his work with K.O.S. with great interest since I moved to New York in 1988, and recall meeting him briefly during a reception at the Fabric Workshop around that time. I always admired his mixing art and education, his love for John Dewey and Paulo Freire, but when we finally had a chance to work together, as he became the chair of our Education Committee, I discovered yet another facet to the man: an unwavering commitment to the working class, and to sharing his gift with anyone who cared to listen. Tim was a larger than life figure, and his stature will only grow as we look back at all the he accomplished with K.O.S.. 


Antonio Sergio Bessa

ANTONIO SERGIO BESSA, PhD, is the Director of Curatorial and Educational Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, which he joined in 2003. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he teaches Museum Education Issues. A distinguished scholar of concrete poetry, Bessa has organized several critically acclaimed exhibitions on themes related to text-based art. He also collaborated with Deborah Cullen at the 3rd Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan Puerto Rico, in 2012. His essays on concrete poetry have been published in several anthologies, journals, and websites including and He is the author of Öyvind Fahlström: The Art of Writing (Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2009), and editor of Novas: Selected Writings of Haroldo de Campos (Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 2007), and Mary Ellen Solt: Toward a Theory of Concrete Poetry (Stockholm: OEI, 2010).