Dell M. Hamilton
PANEL DISCUSSION ON SEPTEMBER 20 - CONSORTIUM FOR GRADUATE STUDIES IN GENDER, CULTURE, WOMEN, AND SEXUALITY AT MIT
Fall 2017 is here! Save the date for September 20, when I will be participating in a panel discussion with fellow artists Anique Jones and Amanda Russell Wallace at MIT - entitled "Black. Body. Art: Feminist Articulations of Race, Gender and Geography." It will take place from 5:30-7:30 pm in Tang Hall aka Building E51, Room 095. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown and each of us will be discussing how our artistic practices are informed by feminist theory and body art.
CUTTING PAPER: ART AND ODYSSEY OF KARA WALKER - RISD ART MUSEUM
On Thursday, May 18, I will be in conversation with fellow artist James Montford, Jr. discussing the powerful work created by distinguished RISD alumni, the artist Kara Walker. The event is sponsored by Stages of Freedom and take places at 5:30pm at the RISD Art Museum. For more details, visit: http://www.stagesoffreedom.org/speaking See you there!
SPRING 2017 UPDATES
Check out my latest post on for Big, Red & Shiny: "Adventures in the Archive: Zora Neale Hurston and 'The Lost City'": https://tinyurl.com/kykhh6u. Upcoming performances: I will be performing on Friday, May 5 along with Bryana Siobhan and Tsedaye Makonnen at the Fifth Exposure Symposium at Mount Holyoke College - organized by Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown, founder of The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Faculty Seminar, More details to come soon!
BIG, RED & SHINY ONLINE RESIDENCY
I am about midway through my online residency for Big, Red & Shiny. I will be writing two more posts for the residency and I would like to thank to Scout Hutchinson & Leah Triplett Harrington for this opportunity to write about my process, projects, and influences. To check out my last three posts, visit: http://bigredandshiny.org/author/dell-m-
BLUES\BLANK\BLACK AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY 808 GALLERY - MARCH 16, 2017, 7PM
Save the date for March 16, 2017 when I will perform Blues\Blank\Black as part of the Occupancies exhibition taking place at Boston University. You can find more details about the performance here: http://www.bu.edu/art/2017/02/07/perform
OCCUPANCIES - BOSTON UNIVERSITY GROUP EXHIBITION, FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 26, 2017
Many thanks to Lynne Cooney and Kimber Chewning for including my video "Desire & Duchamp" in the Occupancies show at BU. What a gift to be showing amongst such stellar artists: Allegra, eBAY, Andrea Bowers, Jonathan Calm, Jordan Casteel, Edie Fake, Nona Faustine, Marlon Forrester, Chitra Ganesh, Jonah Groeneboer, Ramiro Gomez, Ann Hirsch, Intelligent Mischief (Aisha Shillingford and Terry Marshall), Ellen Lesperance, Tony Lewis, Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art courtesy of the artist Chris E. Vargas, L.J. Roberts, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Shen Wei, and Nabeela Vega. For more details on the exhibition: https://www.bu.edu/art/2017/01/13/occupa
FIRST FRIDAYS at SAMSØÑ JUNE 3, JULY 1 & AUGUST 5
I am currently ensconced in Samsøñ' s invite-only artist residency program. Samsøñ' is a Boston-based internationally positioned gallery space headed up by Camilo Alvarez with support from his assistant directors Silvi Naci and Sam Toable. I am the (SubSamsøñ) artist through the end of August so stop by for a studio visit at any of their next three First Friday events (6pm-8pm) on June 3, July 1 or August 5. Shout out to Samsøñ interns Liz and Audrey for all their help over the past few months as well!
#BLACKGIRLLIT: BETWEEN LITERATURE, PERFORMANCE & MEMORY at FIVEMYLES ON MAY 21
#BlackGirlLit: Between Literature, Performance & Memory will be an evening of performance art that brings together my work alongside the work of fellow contemporary artists: Ayana Evans (New York), Tsedaye Makonnen (Washington, D.C.), Marcelline Mandeng (Philadelphia), Helina Metaferia (San Francisco), and Bryana Siobhan & Kal Gezahegn (Boston).
Riffing off the hashtag anthem #BlackGirlMagic coined by fashion designer & blogger Auntie Peebz and the double meaning of the term “lit” - (‘to turn up' or short-hand for ‘literature’), I organized this #BlackGirlLit performance art program to feature work that pivots off of the written and oral traditions of both American and transnationalist black feminist/womanist frameworks. To learn more about the event and the participating artists, visit: http://bit.ly/1Z90793.
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY with MARIA MAGDALENA CAMPOS-PONS & NEIL LEONARD
Really excited to be performing with fellow artists Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Neil Leonard Saturday, 5/14 at 4pm, as part of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's series "Identify: Performance Art as Portraiture" curated by Dorothy Moss. To learn more about the project, visit: http://npg.si.edu/exhibit/identify/campo
EMULSIONS IN DEPARTURE - A BRIEF REVIEW BY NICK WARD
Fellow artist and blogger Nick Ward recently wrote about my photo series "Emulsions in Departure" when he came to visit my studio at Samson Projects - I am really thrilled that the work is making an impact and that people are engaged in my process, check out the post here: http://nickwardonline.com/dell-hamilton-
SIX MONTHS @ Samsøñ - SubSamsøñ ARTIST RESIDENCY
I am really excited to announce that I am the 11th SubSamsøñ artist and will be in residence there from March through August 2016. I am looking forward to developing new studio projects and working with Camilo, Sam, Silvi, Audrey and Liz. To learn more about more Samsøñ and its artist residency program, visit http://www.samsonprojects.com.
UPCOMING IN 2016!
Happy New Year!

I am excited to be starting the new year off with the beauty of possibilities and new directions in my art practice.

On Thursday, January 19 at 6 pm, I will be performing with my mentor Magda Campos-Pons at the opening reception for her new collaborative multimedia exhibition with Neil Leonard, "Alchemy of the Soul" at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. To learn more about that exhibition, visit: http://pem.org/exhibitions/188-alchemy_o

On March 3, I will be a visiting artist to the Studio for Inter-Related Media at Mass Art where I will present a talk on recent work including my P.L.A.Y. (Poetry, Light, Art, You) project and then on May 21, I will be presenting a new performance piece, inspired by the pioneering anthropologist and writer Zora Neale Hurston, at Five Myles in Brooklyn. Follow me on Twitter @dellmhamilton for more details in the months to come!
SUCCESS - HUNG OUT TO DRY AT THE ICA/BOSTON
Last week, I performed in a play called "Hung Out to Dry" at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. I played Boston politician Louise Day Hicks along with an brilliant ensemble cast and crew. The play was written and directed by by Danielle Abrams and juxtaposed the history of racial integration at the legendary Black Mountain College with the history of busing and desegregation in Boston. Photos and documentation of the play to be posted soon!
PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LAB IN BROOKLYN ON DECEMBER 17
I will be presenting work at Panoply Performance Lab in Brooklyn on December 17 for one night of performances with fellow artists Helina Metafaria, Ayanna Evans, & Tsedaye Makonnen. To find out more about the event, check out the FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/85026416
P.L.A.Y. (Poetry, Light, Art, You) AT THE ILLUMINUS FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 IN BOSTON

In the spirit of experimental and ephemeral art pioneered by individual artists such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, and Allen Kaprow, in the performance art world, an “event score” is simply a set of instructions that are:

• Created to instigate participatory actions that are executed and interpreted by multiple individuals
• Enacted over time, geography and context
• Performed with a great deal of reverence for play, possibility serendipity and the live moment

As such, P.L.A.Y. (Poetry, Light, Art, You) is conceived as a participatory, virtual, poetic event score. P.L.A.Y. invites individuals from all walks of life to broadcast a poem about light via the new live feed mobile app Periscope. You are free to perform texts by published poets, to improvise on the spot, or read a poem created from your own imagination.

The poem can simply include the word “light” in it or “light” can be interpreted e.g. weight, mood, scientific, environmental, spiritual or visual. Poems can take any form such as sonnets, haikus, raps, limericks, or riddles. As an example, check out my reading of David Baker's poem "Pastoral" on Vimeo here: http://bit.ly/1jbaKJK.

Want to participate in P.L.A.Y. right now? Get started by sending me an email at dell@dellmhamilton.com or visit http://www.illuminusboston.org/project/p

Also contact me if you would like to present a "poetic scope" about light during the Illuminus Festival on Saturday, October 10. Many thanks for participating!
'WALKING AS RESEARCH'
Last month I submitted to Creative Time's Summit Open Call which took place at the 2015 Venice Biennale. While the submission was not accepted (their loss): I am pasting below the text of my submission and will be continuing to develop a new body of work that builds upon the insights of my own performance art practice and the work of other conceptual artists such as Francis Alys, Helen Mirra, William PopeL., Marina Abramovic and Bruce Nauman.

"In November I executed a project called “Where Else Williamsburg?”, an almost 13-hour walking expedition, to discern the social and economic gentrifications that have impacted Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The haptic conditions of contemporary culture urges humans to be tethered to multiple screens because our gadgets promise that the world can be knowable, measured, critiqued, and democratic. Instead this project asserts that 'walking as research' facilitated through the body’s sensing of time, scale, and distance through ambulatory action serves as counterpoint to the “intelligence” of our smart devices. Such learning offers access to inter-subjective contexts while providing the possibility of how lived 'who-ness' operates in geographic 'where-ness'. To check out images of this work, go to: http://dellmhamilton.com/artwork/3753539
MONTSERRAT COLLEGE OF ART - October 14
I will be doing a performance entitled "After & Then" at Montserrat College of Art on October 14. The piece is slowly taking shape but more details to come very soon!
PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCE CENTER ON DECEMBER 9
I will be doing an informal discussion of my recent photographic projects at the Photographic Resource Center's ongoing series 'Nights at the PRC' on December 9 at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be the intersection between performance, photography and persona. I am excited about sharing this new body of work. Here is the FB link with more info https://www.facebook.com/events/16689853
ITALY 2015
I will be presenting an artist talk at a major conference to be held on the Florence, Italy campus of NYU. The conference will take place May 27-May 31. Organized by artist and historian Deborah Willis, the conference is entitled "Black Portraiture{s} II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories." My presentation is part of a panel, "Blackness in the Public Sphere," designed by Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown, founder of The Dark Room: Race and Visual Culture Seminar. To learn more about 'Black Portraitures II', visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3aSoKP
MONSERRAT COLLGE OF ART
I will be delivering an artist talk at Monserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts on April 30. For more details, please visit http://www.montserrat.edu/galleries/publ
PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LAB IN BK ON NOVEMBER 7
I am very excited to be performing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on November 7 as part of a series being curated by Petrichor Performance Collective and Panoply Performance Lab! I will be doing a durational performance to explore the themes of renovation, re-invention, roaming and ritual by visiting pre-planned and spontaneous sites of interest in Williamsburg. I'll be posting more details about my performance here as I further develop the project. More details about this series in general can be found via this Facebook invite. http://tinyurl.com/lvn2f5p
ARTIST EXCHANGE - BROOKLYN
This fall, I will be participating in an artist exchange and performing at Panoply Performance Laboratory in Brooklyn. The dates are November 7 & 8. I'm very excited to be a part of the group show - stay tuned for more details!

VIVERE - World AIDS Day
Very excited to have my work along with that of artists Christine A. Banna, Faith Johnson, Cameron Patrick Quinlan, and Alana Tashjian in an exhibition at the MALE Center sponsored by the Boston LGBTQIA Artist Aliance to bring awareness about the continuing fight against HIV/AIDS. Call 617-450-1987 for gallery hours. Vivere November 8 - December 27, 2013 Male Center 571 Columbus Ave Boston, MA. Please visit: http://blaa.us/?tribe_events=vivere#! for more info.
RECENT TALK AT THE HOWARD ART PROJECT
A big thank-you to Leah Craig at The Howard Project for asking me to participate in their recent Performing Praxis artist lecture series. My talk was entitled "The Archive is Present: Practice, Process, and the Sticky Image" and addressed the use of historical archives and images and their intersection with my own practice and contemporary art. To learn more about The Howard Art Project, please visit http://howardartproject.wordpress.com/20
RESURRECTING FLORY JACKSON IN FLOWER CHILD, A FILM BY ANGELA COUNTS
Earlier this year, I played the character of Flory Jackson in a film, entitled Flower Child, by Angela Counts, a brilliant playwright and film-maker based in Boston. The film is an familial odyssey that weaves between the 1960's and the present and it was a joy to experiment with the acting process again and resurrect the complicated role of high-powered L.A. attorney Flory Jackson. The film will be screening in the Alfond Room, at the Museum of Fine Arts on December 5 and 9. Stay tuned for more details!
TRANSITION 110 - INTERVIEW WITH DAVID ADJAYE
My interview with David Adjaye, lead architect of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, has appeared in Transition 110. Published by Indiana University Press, if you have an academic affiliation, Transition can be accessed via Jstor at http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublicat. To learn more about Transition magazine, please visit http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/transition
BU & SMFA - MORE INVITES TO PRESENT MY RESEARCH WORK
This past February and March, I presented a section from my forthcoming paper "Disjunctive Blackness, Racialized Vistas and the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900" at Boston University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Big shout-out to Jeannie Simms, Bonnie Donahue, John Thornton, Linda Heywood and their students for their continued support and interest in what I hope will be a critical contribution to the discourse of exposition/worlds fairs studies.
SPEAKING AT SMFA SOON
Later this month in February, I will be discussing both my studio and research interests at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I am vey much looking forward to seeing the students and faculty there again. Stay tuned for more details.
RESEARCH WORK IN 'THE CITY OF LIGHT'
I have just returned from Paris where I presented my recent research on the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 at the Musee Quai Branly during the Black Portraitures: The Black Body in the West conference organized by Deborah Willis, Cheryl Finley and Henry Louis Gates. The turn-out (500+ attendees) was overwhelming with artists, curators, scholars and the general public coming from across the globe. To check out pics and learn about updates related to the conference, go to http://www.facebook.com/BlackPortraiture or http://terrencejennings.photoshelter.com
CURRENT SHOW - HAPPY 2013
I am showing my latest work at Spoke Gallery/Medicine Wheel Productions in South Boston in a show entitled "Here" along with artists Ahmed Abdalla • Genara Banzon
L'Merchie Frazier • Josephine Pergola • Dan McCole • Courtney Moy and Mario Quiroz. The show will be up until March 16. Special thanks to Kathleen Bittetti and Michael Dowling for their support. For info and directions, go to http://www.mwponline.org/
VIOLENCE TRANSFORMED SHOW AT THE JOAN RESNIKOFF GALLERY AT ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
I will be showing my Banana Republic: Conflations and Migrations installation piece at the Joan Resnikoff Gallery at Roxbury Community College. The show is organized by Violence Transformed and the opening reception will be on April 5. More details about the show can be found by visiting http://www.violencetransformed.com/calen
FPAC Artist Talk Video from HERE WE ARE WHO CARES, Part II
Here's some video, where I discuss my most recent work, Desire & Duchamp. The piece debuted at the Fort Point Artist Building in South Boston Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13AvddEdq
HERE WE ARE, WHO CARES? PART II - ARTIST TALK on August 11 at Fort Point Artist Building
Thanks to everyone for attending the opening reception for Here We Are, Who Cares? Part II on July 21. The turnout was great and I am very much looking forward to talking about my video piece, Desire & Duchamp at the artist talk on August 11, 7 p.m. You can see the work at the Fort Point Artist Building, 300 Summer Street, South Boston, (Red Line South Station T stop). For more details on the show and the artist talk, please visit, www.fortpointarts.org.
THESIS SHOW AT NKG IS A SUCCESS!
Thanks to all my friends, classmates, and family that came out for the First Fridays April 1 opening reception of Here We Are, Who Cares? at NK Gallery in Boston's SoWa district. It was a packed house and I am still going through the documentation to figure out what photos and video to add, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I wanted to post the wall description and web links that were developed for the art installation.

“Banana Republic: Conflations and Migrations” investigates the impact of American political economy on Honduran history and contemporary culture. In her book Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras, (University of California Press, 2008) anthropologist Adrienne Pine describes Honduras as the intersection between labor, violence, U.S. imperialism, and bodily self-worth. Many thanks to historians John K. Thornton and Linda M. Heywood, authors of Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles, and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) for their assistance in the development of this project and for their help on a forthcoming Facebook page.

Recommended reading:
Glenn Chambers, Race, Nation, and West Indian Immigration to Honduras, 1890-1940, Louisiana State University Press, 2010.

Western Caribbean Zone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Car

Tela, Honduras
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tela

Puerto Cortes, Honduras
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Cort

United Fruit Historical Society
http://www.unitedfruit.org

CONFLATIONS AND MIGRATIONS
Using my own family as a case study, I am currently working on a project with historian John K. Thornton on the African diasporic roots of Honduras and its connections to American history and culture.
HERE WE ARE, WHO CARES
Opening Reception
April 1, 2011
NK Gallery, 460A Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

My thesis show is almost here! Join me, Daisy Patton, Heather LaForce, Ingrid Sanchez, and Sofia Botero for the opening reception of HERE WE ARE, WHO CARES at the NK Gallery in Boston's SoWa art district. More details to come http://www.nkgboston.com/index.html


RECENT SHOWS/EXHIBITIONS
2010 Perfolink: Maestros y Discipulos, Concepcion, Chile
2010 Roxbury Open Studios, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2010 Harvard Black Arts Festival, Holyoke Center, Cambridge
2010 CUSP presented by Samson Projects and Mobius, Boston
2010 Art Rages/Surreal Estate presented by Mobius, Boston
2009 The Mind is a Beautiful Beast, OKW Gallery, Boston
2008 Many Hands, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge

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IMAGE OF THE BLACK IN WESTERN ART
The Image of the Black in Western Art Symposium was a big success, we had a great turnout of artists, curators, and art historians. I feel really privileged to be a member of the Du Bois Institute's intellectual community and to be a part of the team that is helping to get the word out about this seminal art historical series. Check out the media coverage at http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/20.