Altar/Alter: A Ritual of Mythos

Altar/Alter: A Ritual of Mythos is a participatory installation that was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY).  Audience members were directed to a table where they were prompted to write in a book one word that represented a personal myth or secret. Afterwards, each participant selected one red rose from a pile of nine hundred and made a choice: either let go of their myth by casting the rose into the altar or hold on to it while walking throughout the museum galleries.  The volume of roses seen moving about the museum in the hands of Altar/Alter participants made visible the volume and power of personal myth in everyday public and private interactions.

Installation of ropes, bed sheets, horse hair, alligator and pheasant carcasses, night gown, wedding veil, and other items.

On view at the Museum of Modern Art September 2016

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

  • Allison Janae Hamilton: Kingdom of the Marvelous. Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.

2012

  • The Black Ain't Project: Installation #1. chashama Gallery, New York, NY.
  • SPACE IS THE PLACE. Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
     

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

  • DandyLion. Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
  • Badass Art Man. African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

2013

  • Artists-in-Residence Group Exhibition. SVA Galleries, New York, NY.
  • Wish You Were Here. A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2012

  • Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.

2011

  • Dirty Sensibilities. Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY.

2013

  • Cage Unrequited by Pope.L. A performance co-organized by The Studio Museum in Harlem, Performa,  and The Grey Art Gallery, NYU and in conjunction with the exhibition Radical Presence: Black  Performance in Contemporary Art, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver.  New York, NY. 
  • Art Director, Roots. |&| Rigor. Director, Tiona McClodden. Philadelphia, PA.

2012

  • Art/Production Team, QueenS. Director, dream hampton.

2013

  • "Committee." Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, The Smithsonian  Institution.   Washington, DC.
  • "Sisters."  Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, The Smithsonian  Institution.   Washington, DC.

2014

  • Critical Perspectives on Visual Culture Symposium, Whitney Museum of American Art. May 20, 2014.

2013

  • Folklife Festival, The Smithsonian Institution,  Washington, DC.
  • Black  Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West Symposium, Université de Paris Diderot, Paris, France.

2011

  • From Portraits to Pinups: Representations of Women in Art and Popular Culture Symposium, Brooklyn Museum,  Brooklyn, NY.

2010

  • Conversations Lecture Series, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia  University, New York, NY.

2009

  • Transnational Feminisms Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom.

FEATURES

"40 Amazing Black Artists to Watch in 2014," NBC's The Grio. TheGrio.com January 3, 2014. Web.

"30 Under 30 Women Photographers," Photoboite. photoboite.com January 1, 2014. Web.

Long, Monique. "Marvelous Dandies: Allison Janae Hamilton Presents Her Foppish Subjects in Lush Landscapes," Studio Museum in Harlem Blog. studiomuseum.org/studio-blog. December 13, 2013. Web.

"Allison Janae Hamilton," Hycide Magazine No. 5 (January 2013), p.59. Print.

"P-Funk," Insight Magazine Vol. 4, No. 3. (Fall 2011), pp. 48-53. Print and Web.

ARTWORK COMMISSIONED FOR PUBLICATIONS

Artforum. November 2014. p. 203. Print.

Transition Magazine. Issue 114 (Summer 2014). pp. 60, 63, 65. http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/transition. Print and Web.

Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Vol. 22, No 2-3 (Fall 2012).  Cover Image. Print.

INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS

Moore, Darnell. "TFW Interview: Allison Janae Hamilton on 'The Black Ain't Project Installation #1: Embodiment,'" thefeministwire.com.  March 7, 2012. Web.

Wimberly, Dexter. "Dirty Sensibilities: A New South," thestarklife.com. October 12, 2011. Web.

ADDITIONAL CITATIONS

Bailey, Ludlow E. "An Insider's Guide to African Diaspora Art at Basel Miami Beach 2014," thegrio.com. December 4, 2014. Web.

Ball, Charing. "Dandies in Paris," peopleplacesthingsradio.com. December 4, 2012. Web.

Harris, Juliette. "The Great Gathering in Paris," The International Review of African American Art (Spring 2013). Web.

Leavell, Gerald. "Gerald Leavell on ETW '11," studiomuseum.org/studio-blog. April 20, 2011. Web.