LaMont Hamilton


January 31, 2017

Students enrolled in Dance Program courses may be able to use these events as Engagement Activities required by their courses:

  • January 31, 2017 - 10:05am to 11:35am. Artist Talk with LaMont Hamilton. West Duke 106

  • January 31, 2017 - 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Film: "This Da Good Part". White Lecture Hall.

Bio: LaMont Hamilton (b. 1982) is an autodidact interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Hamilton works primarily in photography, film and performance including the modern dance piece Dapline! along with collaborator Andre Zachery of Renegade Performance Group. Dapline! was called by The New York Times "rich in emotional nuance and gestural beauty" and named one of the NYT best dance shows of 2015. Hamilton has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards including most recently the Brown Foundation Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Artadia Award, ArtMatters Grant and the City of Chicago's IAP Award. 
Description of the film: This Da Good Part is a three channel film installation and the third element of the umbrella project Five on the Black Hand Side. This work debuted as a installation at the Schomburg Center in Harlem in conjunction with the New York premiere of dance piece Dapline! Five on the Black Hand Side is a long form meditation on the handshake “the dap” which looks at the gesture as both a symbol of unity and one that expresses strength, defiance, resistance, a complex language. The dap originated during the late 1960s among black G.I.s stationed in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. At a time when the Black Power movement was burgeoning, racial unrest was prominent in American cities, and draft reforms sent tens of thousands of young African Americans into combat, the dap became an important symbol of unity and survival in a racially turbulent atmosphere. Using a montage of original and archival footage This Da Good Part traverses this environment animating the dap in attempts to visualize the idea fellowship imbued in the gesture. This film also serves to provide a map of impression of the intergenerational movement by which the dap moves. 

Sponsored by: Duke Dance Program, FHI Humanities Futures, SLIPPAGE, AAAS.