Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams

07/10/2021
10/24/2021

Master draftsman Roland Ayers (1932–2014) was born in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and he studied at the Philadelphia College of the Arts (now the University of the Arts). Through his unique style and iconography, he made reference to the broader canons of art history and responded to the social and political climate of his time. Ayers’ free-flowing compositions— heavily influenced by the improvisational nature of jazz—merged dreams, memories, and the landscapes of Philadelphia into fantastical images. Through his meditative artistic practice, he explored his own unconscious visualized through nature, architecture, and the body. This exhibition offers a thirty-year survey of Ayers’ progression toward his most noted medium: intricate drawings of ink on paper. Through drawing, he explored the psychological and spiritual mysteries of life while striving to understand his own identity and the broader social world.

Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams is curated by TK Smith, a curator, writer, and Ph.D. candidate in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware.

 

Exhibition-related Events 

July 10, 2021 | Opening Reception | 2 pm 

 

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Roland Ayers: Calligraphy of Dreams

Master draftsman Roland Ayers (1932–2014) was born in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and he studied at the Philadelphia College of the Arts (now the University of the Arts).
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