Remixing what it means to be Black, Masculine and Fashionable

About the Project

Prepare for the convergence of art, fashion, history and identity at the Hammonds House Museum when we mount the photography exhibit Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity in January 2019. Dandy Lion 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.

Juxtaposed against an urban backdrop, the “hip hop” generation’s Black Dandy is noticeably different from the historical minstrel or Harlem Renaissance queer prototype. The 21st century Black Dandy’s sartorial choices are an expression of the African aesthetic rather than an imitation of European high-brow society. 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 today.  Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity will be on view January 18 - April 28, 2019. 



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