Event Details

Venue

  • Hammonds House Museum
  • 503 Peeples Street, SW
  • Atlanta, GA 30310
  • (404) 612-0481
  • http://hammondshouse.org

Event Description

Harness Hamese. For Every Strong Woman, There Are Strong Men - Khumbula. (2014)

Hammonds House Museum kicks off the 2019 season with Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity . 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. Dandy Lion was initially curated to introduce a conversation and perspective on Black men and Black masculinity that was hidden behind a barrage of media-led messaging that painted Black men as hypermasculine, thuggish and violent. The Black Dandy celebrated in the exhibition is a self-fashioned gentleman who intentionally assimilates classical European fashion with African Disaporan aesthetics and sensibilities. He is a rebel—a modern-day representation of the African trickster. His style and identity are generally a contradiction of the stereotypes, boxes, categories, or ideas that society typically apply to him.

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