Entanglements with the Erotic: Roland Ayers and the Liberation of Flesh

7:00 pm
8:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Lecturer: TK Smith, a curator, writer, and Ph.D. candidate in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware.

Master draftsman Roland Ayers (1932 – 2014) employed a stream of consciousness method of drawing that he believed offered the opportunity to experience and express freedom. Ayers rendered bodies −suspended and entangled−in acts of desire, both beautiful and grotesque. Entanglements with the Erotic will explore Ayers’s use of eroticism as a method of resistance and spiritual transcendence. With ink on paper, he revealed the most intimate parts of himself −dreams, fears, and desires− boldly embracing pleasure and vulnerability to create vivid and surreal imagery from the well of his own psyche. 

Please note: This event will be offered online through Zoom and registration is required.

  • Due to excessive heat warnings, Saturday Night Jazz on June 22, Tribute to Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding: Memphis Soul, will be held INDOORS. Seating will be provided by the Museum. No refreshments are permitted inside the building.