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VoCA Talk: Dell Marie Hamilton
VoCA Talks is a series of public programs featuring artists and their collaborators in conversation about the challenges and rewards inherent in making, showing, and preserving contemporary art. This virtual event, hosted in partnership with Boston Center for the Arts, will feature a live conversation with artist Dell Marie Hamilton and curator Sam Toabe, moderated by Jennifer Hickey, to be followed by the video premiere of the previously recorded VoCA Talk. In this Talk, Hamilton unpacks the many layers of material and meaning that comprise a selection of her drawings, photography, performance, video, and multimedia installations, including her seminal performance work, "Blues/Blank/Black" (2018).

VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) is a non-profit organization that generates critical dialogue and collaborative programming to advance a vital model for the stewardship of contemporary art. Though based in New York City, VoCA is a mobile organization, partnering with institutions across the country and the globe to develop knowledge via its major program streams: VoCA Workshops, VoCA Talks, VoCA Research, and VoCA Journal.

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) supports working artists to create, perform, and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects the arts to community.

Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dell Marie Hamilton
Artist
Dell Marie Hamilton (b. 1971, New York) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and independent curator who works across a variety of mediums including performance, video, painting, and photography, using the body—often her own—to investigate themes of memory, gender, history, and citizenship. With roots in Belize, Honduras, and the Caribbean, Hamilton frequently draws upon the personal experiences of her family as well as the folkloric traditions and histories of that region in her work. Hamilton holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She has frequently presented her work at venues around New England, including Stone Gallery, Boston University; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; and Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, where she became the first visual artist to present a performance artwork in their galleries. Her most recent curatorial project
Sam Toabe
Gallery Director @University Hall Gallery
Sam Toabe (b. 1988, US) is a curator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the Gallery Director at the University Hall Gallery and the Director of Arts on the Point for the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Toabe received his M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture and Museum Studies from Boston University in 2015 and a B.F.A. from the Studio for Interrelated Media at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011. His research and writing focus on contemporary art and alternative curatorial practices across a variety of periods, geographies, and institutions. Between 2013 and 2016, Toabe acted as the Assistant Director and subsequent Associate Director at Samsøñ – an internationally recognized commercial art gallery. He has contributed to over 60 exhibitions, with supporting roles at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and Brandeis University, among others.
Jennifer Hickey
Moderator
Jennifer Hickey is a 2011 graduate of the Conservation Center of The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she received her MA in the History of Art and Archaeology with an Advanced Certificate in Art Conservation. As a specialist in the study and treatment of modern and contemporary paintings, Jennifer has worked at a number of leading conservation studios, both private and institutional. Jennifer’s past research has focused primarily on the materials and process of postwar American painters, and she continues this in her current role as Paintings Conservator for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She joined VoCA's Board of Directors in 2017.