The Marv’lous Work Behold, from the portfolio The Creation

Media - 2008.37.1.4 - SAAM-2008.37.1.4_1 - 70592
Copied Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Tim Rollins, The Marv'lous Work Behold, from the portfolio The Creation, 2004, screenprint with chine collé on paper, 21 1215 in. (54.638.1 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Anne and Ronald Abramson, 2008.37.1.4

Artwork Details

The Marv’lous Work Behold, from the portfolio The Creation
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
Pyramid Atlantic
Not on view
21 1215 in. (54.638.1 cm)
lower left, in pencil: 21/25 lower center, in pencil: IV lower right, in pencil: TR and K.O.S. 2004 lower right, watermark: (Somerset England)
Credit Line
Gift of Anne and Ronald Abramson
Mediums Description
screenprint with chine collé on paper
  • Religion — Old Testament — Creation
  • Object — written matter — sheet music
Object Number

Artwork Description

Tim Rollins founded the artist collective K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) in New York in 1982 with a group of children from his neighborhood in the South Bronx. Working together with a changing group of “underachieving” students, Rollins has directed numerous art projects that foster collective creativity. Working with at-risk area kids participating in the Pyramid Atlantic workshop’s visual literacy program in Silver Spring, Maryland, Rollins chose Franz Josef Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation, to be their source of inspiration. As they listened to the music, the group made drawings and prints and contemplated the beginning of the universe, moving from the void to the primal and momentous appearance of light and the ensuing emergence of heaven, earth, celestial bodies, land, sea, plants, and animals. Each of the prints embodies one of the seven days of creation.

Multiplicity, 2011