Presented by: The Cooper Gallery.
Admission: Free and open to the public. Very limited entry; registration required
Exhibition dates for Carrie Mae Weems' I once knew a girl... : Tuesday, September 20, 2016-Sunday, January 7, 2017
Gallery Hours: Tu-Sa 10am-5pm
This is a live performance (~ 25/30 min) that moves through the gallery. Followed by a reception.
Boston-based artist, Dell M. Hamilton, responds to our Carrie Mae Weems exhibition with an intriguing in-gallery performance, engaged with the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, race, language and history.
Blues/Blank/Black incorporates key texts from two of Toni Morrison’s most well known and widely taught novels: The Bluest Eye and Beloved. In addition the performance also conjures figures from American fairytales (goldilocks, Brer Rabbit) and Latin American (La Sucia & La Llorona) folkloric traditions. Blues/Blank/Black also juxtaposes these elements with the invocation of some of the names of black women who have died as a result of police violence. Through gesture, color and repetition, Blues/Blank/Black interrogates trauma and its afterlives as a way of accounting for intergenerational memory, madness, haunting and erasure.