the peo-ple cried mer-cy in the storm

The peo-ple cried mer-cy in the storm comprises a towering stack of tambourines on an island in one of Storm King’s ponds. The installation was inspired by 'Florida Storm,' a 1928 hymn written by Judge Jackson about the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, as well as accounts of the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, referenced in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Both storms devastated the state of Florida, the latter killing thousands of black migrant workers who were buried in unmarked mass graves. The work contemplates how climate-related disasters can expose existing social inequities and how affected communities contend with this twofold devastation. A performance will activate the installation at Storm King, involving musicians presenting a soundscape arranged by Hamilton and inspired by the original 'Florida Storm.'

Painted tambourines and steel armature
18 ft. x 36 in. x 36 in. (548.6 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm)

The peo-ple cried mer-cy in the storm was on view at Storm King Art Center from May 19 - November 11, 2018.

Exhibition link:



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


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



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


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


  • "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.


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


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


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


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


  • Transnational Feminisms Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom.


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