Laylah Ali: Acephalous Series

Acephalous Series: Laylah AliExhibit Dates

The Acephalous Series will be presented at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum from January 29 to March 16. This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Reception

An artist’s reception will be held Tuesday, February 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Silber Art Gallery. Call 410-337-6477 for more information.

About the Exhibit

Goucher College is pleased to welcome to its campus the 2018-19 Nancy G. Unobskey Visiting Artist in Modern and Contemporary Art, Laylah Ali. The Unobskey Fund brings internationally recognized artists to Goucher’s campus and provides students with meaningful and significant access to the fellows via exhibitions, studio visits, and lectures. 

On the occasion of her fellowship, the Silber Gallery will present The Acephalous Series, the artist’s first solo exhibition in Baltimore, MD. 

Widely known for her iconic series, the Greenheads, which was the subject of a traveling museum exhibition from 2012-13, Ali explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. The precision with which Ali creates her small, figurative, gouache paintings on paper is such that it takes her many months to complete a single work. In The Acephalous Series, Ali has introduced a fraught community of figures, including those with minimal bodies, some who lack heads, and others who appear to be on an endless, determined trek.

Purchase tickets to Laylah Ali's lecture on March 14th. 

After the Exhibit

Following the Unobskey Lecture, there will be a closing reception at Silber Gallery for The Acephalous Series.  Goucher worked with Laylah Ali and Ursula Minervini of Pellinore Press to produce a limited-edition publication of letterpress works that will be released and made available during the event. 

Laylah Ali

Untitled (4 Works), 2019
letterpress, 8.375 x 6.5in

From the 1994 series Self-portraits with Nat Turner’s Vision


Purchase Your Copy of Laylah Ali The Acephalous Series

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  • 68 Pages
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With texts by Tisa Bryant, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Kaitlyn Greenidge and Alex Ebstein. Purchase your copy of Laylah Ali The Acephalous Series.