Blues/Blank/Black by Dell M. Hamilton


Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:00pm


The Cooper Gallery, 102 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge


Presented by: The Cooper Gallery. 
Admission: Free and open to the public. Very limited entry; registration required
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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.