Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art

Dandy Lion: (Re)articulating Black Masculine Identity

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Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity
Apr 6 — Jul 12, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Photography
at Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Harness Hamese, Khumbula Family Portrait, 2014.


DLKia ChenelleTheWaitingManI2013Kia Chenelle, The Waiting Man I, 2013.

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities.

DLAllison Janae Hamilton - Tell me no tales2013Allison Janae Hamilton,Tell me no tales, 2013.

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity features work from emerging and renowned photographers and filmmakers from the US, Europe and Africa, including Hanif Abur-Rahim, Jody Ake, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Rose Callahan, Kia Chenelle, Bouba Dola, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Russell K. Frederick, Cassi Amanda Gibson, Allison Janae Hamilton, Akintola Hanif, Harness Hamese/Loux the Vintage Guru, L. Kasimu Harris, Jamala Johns, Caroline Kaminju, Charl Landvreugd, Jati Lindsay, Devin Mays, Terence Nance, Arteh Odjidja, Numa Perrier, Alexis Peskine, Radcliffe Roye, Sara Shamsavari, Nyugen Smith, Daniele Tamagni, Richard Terborg and Rog Walker. This exhibition is guest curated by US-based independent curator Shantrelle P. Lewis.

10/16/13 Rock Avenue Bow TiesL Kasimu Harris, All Tied Up, 2013.