Dell M. Hamilton presents a new work, C. D. B. (Columbus Day Blues), 2013, which considers the bodily implications of race, ethnicity, gender, and class and how they intersect with place, citizenship, and identity in public space. Hamilton’s nuanced performance confronts viewer’s preconceived notions of American patriotism, modernity, and history. This work engages the civic sphere of the MFA’s Fall Open House as a site for negotiating identity, belonging, and the creation of inclusive spaces, while investigating the unique role that museums play in the construction of both national and global cultures.

Dell M. Hamilton is an artist, writer, and curator based in Boston. Born in Spanish Harlem and spending her formative years in the Bronx borough of New York, Hamilton was raised in a bilingual as well as a multi-racial Honduran family. Her studio practice is grounded in the interdisciplinary contexts of the African Diaspora and her tactics include text art, installation, video, photography, and performance art. Her work has been shown to a wide variety of audiences in Boston at Spoke Gallery/Medicine Wheel Productions, NK Gallery, Mobius, OKW Gallery, the Fort Port Artist Building, Atlantic Works, the Joan Resnikoff Gallery/Roxbury Community College, and the Massachusetts State House. In 2010, she also participated in Perfolink: Maestros y Discipulos in earthquake-ravaged Concepción, Chile. She is also a contributor to Transition magazine (Indiana University Press) and recently became a member of the board of directors of the Mobius Artist Group.

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Image: C.D.B. (Columbus Day Blues), Dell Hamilton, 2013
Photography by UrbanEyePhoto - Terrence Jennings


Fall Open House is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.