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Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity (Shantrelle P. Lewis...

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Auburn Avenue Research Library

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The Hammonds House Museum Presents DANDY LION: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity (Curated by Howard University alum Shantrelle P. Lewis.)

Curator Talk and Private Reception (Sponsored by Howard University Alumni Club of Atlanta)

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (Curator Talk - 2:00PM; HUACA Reception - 3:30pm) at Auburn Avenue Research Library (101 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303).

Dandy Lion is a photography exhibition curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis which highlights the contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, Dandy Lion highlights young men who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Using their self-fashioned bodies as sites of resistance, contemporary Black dandies are complicating modern narratives of what it means to be Black, masculine and fashionable in the 21st century.

The exhibition features images of both emerging and world-renowned photographers and filmmakers from various regions of the African Diaspora, including the U.S., South Africa, the Congo and Western Europe. Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

Shantrelle P. Lewis is an independent curator based out of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Previously, Lewis served as the Executive Director and Curator of the McKenna Museum of African American Art as well as the Director of Public Exhibitions and Public Programming at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). A 2014 United Nations Programme for People of African Descent Fellow and 2012-13 Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow, Lewis has curated shows for several institutions including the United Nations, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art; the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. She is currently conducting research in the Netherlands and the Dutch Caribbean in preparation for a forthcoming exhibition.


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