Recent Work: Altar/Alter at the Museum of Modern Art

Altar/Alter: A Ritual of Mythos

Participatory Installation featuring ropes, bedsheets, horse hair, alligator and pheasant carcasses, night gown, wedding veil, and other items.

Installed at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)

Altar/Alter: A Ritual of Mythos is a participatory, site-specific installation that was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY) on September 10, 2016.  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 personal myth by casting the rose into the altar or holding on to their confession by keeping the rose with them during the entire night as they walked around the museum viewing other exhibitions.  The volume of roses seen moving about the museum in the hands of Altar/Alter participants made visible the volume of myths we create and secrets we hold every day during our public and private interactions.

Exhibition + Project with Joan Jonas at Fundación Botín

I am soon heading off to Santander, Spain to work with Joan Jonas and 14 other international artists at Fundación Botín.  There, I will create new work of my own and also participate in the development of Joan's new installation, "Caudal o Río, Vuelo o Ruta" ("Stream or River, Flight or Pattern"), both to be exhibited at Botín starting June 24th.

Details from the press release in English: 

"The fifteen artists selected by the artist are: Saverio Bonato (Italy, 1991); Sara Bonaventura (Italy, 1982); Aliansyah Caniago (Indonesia, 1987), Santiago Diaz Escamilla (Colombia, 1992) Galia Eibenschutz (Mexico, 1970); Ariel Elisabeth Gout (France, 1968); Allison Janae Hamilton (USA, 1984), Sonja Hinrichsen Silke (Germany, 1967); Noriko Koshida (Japan, 1981); Alessandra Messali (Italy, 1985); Carolina Redondo (Chile, 1977); Mara Danielle Streberger Elizalde (USA, 1978); Yusuke Taninaka (Japan, 1988); Phan Thao-Nguyen (Vietnam, 1987); Xavier José Cunilleras ( Spain, 1979).

For three weeks the artists will develop their own project, the result of which will be presented at Villa Iris from 24 June to 10 July, after exchanging experiences with Joan Jonas and reflecting together on the relationship between human beings and the role nature plays the landscape, the rural medium, or artistic sustainability in practice, a subject that has focused much of the artist's latest works.

In addition, these artists will also participate in the development of a new installation that the American artist will exhibit at The Botín Foundation from June 25."

In Response at The Jewish Museum

I'm excited to debut my new interactive installation, Wishing Well (2016) March 6, 2016 at The Jewish Museum.  Come stop by and make a wish!

In Response at The Jewish Museum is a program featuring new video, performance, and installation-based artworks by emerging artists in response to the exhibition, Unorthodox.  Featuring work by 55 contemporary artists from around the globe, Unorthodox proposes a nonconformist engagement with art as a means to disrupt the status quo.  Free with RSVP at

In Response
Sunday, March 6th

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue (@ 92nd Street)
New York, NY 10128

DandyLion at MoCP Chicago

DandyLion opens this week at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.  It's such an honor to be part of this groundbreaking exhibition curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis.  

Check out this write-up in today's Huffington Post.

DandyLion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity

On view April 6 - July 12, 2015

Opening Reception: April 9, 2015, 5-8p



RE•AL•IZED Art Exhibit

I am happy to announce that I am part of an exciting group exhibition opening at Carol Jazzar Contemporary in Miami, FL.  Curated by Schwanda Rountree, RE•AL•IZED features works by Willie Cole, Bethany Collins, Renee Cox, Allison Janae Hamilton, Jefferson Pinder, and Shoshanna Weinberger.  Show dates: November 23rd - December 22nd, 2014.  Opening Reception: November 23rd, 4-7p.  Art Basel Weekend Opening Party: December 6th, 8p-12a.  For more information, visit the gallery's exhibition page here and take a look at the press release here.

Kingdom of the Marvelous

Allison Janae Hamilton, Haints at Swamp II, 2014

Allison Janae Hamilton, Haints at Swamp II, 2014

I am pleased to announce my one-person exhibition, Kingdom of the Marvelous, showing at Rush Arts Gallery.  The exhibition features all new works of photography and installation and is on view September 4th - September 20th.  

The opening reception will take place Thursday, September 4th from 6:00 - 8:00pm.  Additionally, there will be an artist talk and closing reception Saturday, September 20th from 3:00 - 6:00pm.

You can find additional information about the show 
here via Rush's website and join the event here on Facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you at the gallery!

Transition Magazine, Issue 114

I am pleased to be featured in Issue 114 of the arts and culture journal,  Transition Magazine. This summer 2014 issue includes artists Barkley L. Hendricks, Kehinde Wiley, Allison Janae Hamilton, Brianna McCarthy, Meshac Gaba, Imo Nse Imeh, Marcia Kure, and Mickalene Thomas.

"Born in Africa and bred in the diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race. Since its founding in Uganda in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the black world and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate. Now, in an age that demands ceaseless improvisation, we aim to be both an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world. Transition is a publication of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, published three times annually by Indiana University Press."

See the artists featured in Issue 114 by clicking here.


Art Basel Miami Week | SELECT FAIR MIAMI

I am exhibiting new work during Art Basel Miami Week.  If you're in town, drop by my booth (114/116) at SELECT FAIR MIAMI.  The fair takes place at the Catalina Hotel at 1732 Collins Avenue.  December 4-8, 2013.  

SELECT will also feature galleries such as Rush Arts Gallery, Empty Kingdom, and JAG Modern as well as public exhibitions by Swoon, Meow Wolf, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the renowned City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.  

I look forward to sharing my latest work with you!

"Start at SELECT." -Miami New Times
"Art Basel standouts." -Interview Magazine

The Studio Museum in Harlem's 'Radical Presence' features 'Cage Unrequited'

I am thrilled to participate in 'Cage Unrequited,' a 25-hour marathon performance art piece created by artist Pope.L.  The performance is rooted in a reading of John Cage's Silence: Lectures and Writings (1961) and is a "labyrinth, a panopticon of language, a refuge and an endurance contest which proposes a relationship between the earlier artist’s ideas of system-making, artist-as-writer, generosity and time as event and the work of an amorphous brood of international contemporary artists of the last twenty years or so, many of them indeterminate and chocolate."  This durational endeavor puts several of Cage's ideas in dialogue with the work of contemporary black artists.

The performance is presented as part of The Studio Museum in Harlem's Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Radical Presence is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and presented in New York in two parts: Part I at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery (September 10–December 7, 2013) and Part II at The Studio Museum in Harlem (November 14, 2013–March 9, 2014).

The performance is also a part of 'Three Duets, Several Variations,' a special series for the Performa 13 biennial.

'Cage Unrequited' runs from 10:58 am, November 16 - 11:57 am, November 17.  Pope.L will perform an interlude at 10:58 pm.

For more information, click here.

SVA Open Studios: Summer Artists-in-Residence

Join me Thursday, August 8th for the SVA Summer Artist-in-Residence Open Studios.  This informal salon-style event will give the public the opportunity to view our works in progress.  Looking forward to meeting you!


SVA Galleries

141 W. 21st Street

New York, NY



Debut Screening of "roots. |&| rigor."

Join me this Saturday, May 18th at Dodge Gallery for the debut screening of "roots. |&| rigor." (director, tiona.m. aka Tiona McClodden; art director and still photographer, Allison Janae Hamilton).  The film features the work of sculpture artist Lorna Williams and is part of her new exhibition, Appositions: STILL/ BIRTH/ SHIT.  The screening and opening reception take place at Dodge Gallery from 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th
6-8 p.m.
Dodge Gallery
15 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

Additional Information:

HYCIDE: The Art Issue

Image by Hanif Abdur-Rahim

I am a featured artist in the upcoming special issue of Hycide Magazine, guest edited by Shantrelle P. Lewis.  My piece titled "Taken/The Grandmother," recently acquired by the Danny Simmons Collection, is included along with works by several contemporary artists from around the globe.  The release event is on January 26, 2013 at RUSH Arts Gallery.  Detailed information below:

RUSH Arts Gallery 526 W. 26th St.
Suite 311
New York, NY 
[use entrance at 508 W.26th St]
212. 691. 9552 

After-party 9pm-2am @ Chelsea Market 
[6th floor Sterling Sound Studios]
75 9th Avenue Corner of 16th Street New York, NY

Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West

I am giving a presentation on Friday, January 18th at Université Paris Diderot in conjunction with Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West.  The conference is organized by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Deborah Willis, Awam Amkpa, Manthia Diawara, Lydie Diakhaté, Cheryl Finley, Thelma Golden, Anne-Christine Taylor-Descola, Anna Laban, Christine Barthe, Jean-Paul Colleyn, Caroline Montel-Glénisson, and Raissa Lahcine.  For schedule, click here.  For full program, click here.