In collaboration with Temple’s Blockson Collection and Tyler’s Printmaking Program, Jason Patterson will be immersing himself in a semester long research program of the underground railroad along Maryland’s shore. Tonight, he will be sharing with us the work he has made at Tyler in response to this research. Patterson is most known for making figurative pastel drawings based on archived images. Through an intensive research-based process, Patterson represents African American historical and social narratives and connects them to contemporary circumstances. For example, a recent body of work reflects on the 25 years since the beating of Rodney King. Patterson considers himself a historian and academic who paints instead of writes.