Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity, the popular photography exhibition at Hammonds House Museum, has been extended through May 31, 2019. Curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the exhibit examines global black dandyism, men with a penchant for color and a taste for refined fashion. Black dandyism is not new; originating in England’s Age of Enlightenment slave culture, it has continued for generations in black cultures around the world. Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture, the newest iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be black, masculine, and fashionable.
“We’ve had amazing response to the Dandy Lion exhibit and are excited to extend it so more people will be able to experience this visual story of black men’s use of fashion as a means of personal expression, social resistance and rebellion,” states Leatrice Ellzy, Executive Director of Hammonds House Museum. “We hope the exhibit will spark conversations and ultimately challenge viewers’ ideas and preconceived notions about black masculinity.”
Other programming includes:
Beyond the Barbershop: Conversations About Black Masculinity in America from 2-4 pm on Saturday, April 20. Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and acclaimed hip-hop poet and dancer, will lead a panel discussion and conversation about what it means to be black and male in contemporary American society. He will also perform an excerpt from his award-winning production, “Word Becomes Flesh,” which is based on a series of letters he wrote to his unborn son. This free event takes place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The Shape Up II from 10am-2 pm on Saturday, May 11. This event will provide a blueprint for grooming, finance and other essentials for young men ages 12-18. Participants will spend the day at the museum exploring style, etiquette, and grooming, along with health and money matters. Cost is $10 per person.
Shantrelle P. Lewis is an independent curator based out of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. She was a 2014 United Nations Program for People of African Descent Fellow and a 2012–13 Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Lewis has curated exhibitions for institutions including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn; Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore; and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Founded in 1976 by Columbia College Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography. An international hub, they generate ideas and provoke dialogue among students, artists and diverse communities through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming. Their mission is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the artistic, cultural and political roles of photography in our world today.
Hammonds House Museum is generously supported by Fulton County, Fulton County Arts & Culture, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of cultural Affairs, Georgia Council for the Arts, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Black Leadership Aids Crisis Coalition, Georgia Humanities, Georgia-Pacific, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Wells Fargo, and Lubo Fund. Additional support has been provided by Sonya Halpern, Veronica and Erwin Carter and Christopher Swain.