In celebration of the opening night of the exhibition "Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought (15 Paintings for the Plantationocene," NOMA presents Torkwase Dyson in conversation with Allison Young. On view January 24 through April 19, 2020, Dyson's this new series of fifteen paintings offer new perspectives on geography, imagination, and belonging. Produced for NOMA, these paintings examine the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of the current age, often characterized as the "plantationocene." ABOUT TORKWASE DYSON Produced for the New Orleans Museum of Art, a new series of fifteen paintings by Torkwase Dyson are inspired by the design systems of architecture, water infrastructure, the oil and gas industry, and the physical impact of global warming. This solo exhibition, titled Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought | 15 Paintings for the Plantationocene, also examines the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of our current age, which many characterize as the “plantationocene.” The artist will be joined by Allison Young, assistant professor of contemporary art history at Louisiana State University and a former Mellon Curatorial Fellow at NOMA. ABOUT ALLISON YOUNG Allison Young is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History at Louisiana State University. A specialist in postcolonial and contemporary art of the Global South, Young received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU in 2017. Her scholarly research and arts criticism has appeared in publications such as Art Journal, Artforum, Apollo International, ART AFRICA and the International Review of African American Art, and she has contributed writing to exhibition catalogues for numerous local, national, and international projects. Before joining LSU, Young was Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 2017 to 2019, where she curated and published an exhibition catalogue for Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred.