Reception for Laylah Ali's John Brown Song!
As evinced in her darkly suggestive gouache-on-paper paintings, Laylah Ali’s work often engages with questions of oppression, heroism, and emancipation. With undeniable wit, Ali crafts visceral narratives that evoke culturally and historically referential moments. For her Dia commission, Ali gives focus to the radical abolitionist John Brown by composing a portrait of associations to consider the contemporary impact of this complex and elusive historical figure.
Opening reception for Laylah Ali's John Brown Song!, a project commissioned by Dia for the Artists' Projects for the Web series.
Admission is free.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Dia:Chelsea, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
Doors open 6:30 pm.
At the launch event, a conversation with Laylah Ali and Dia Curatorial Associate Kelly Kivland will begin at 7 pm.
Laylah Ali was born in Buffalo, New York. She has had numerous solo exhibitions at institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2001); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2002); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2004); Institute of International Visual Arts, London (2007); and Weisman Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota (2013).
This program is made possible in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. Beverages compliments of Brooklyn Brewery.