Dandy Lion
(Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity
FEBRUARY 23 – MAY 21, 2017
Kia Chenelle (American, b. 1983)
The Waiting Man, 2013
Archival print, 8 x 10 inches
Courtesy of the artist
© Kia Chenelle

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. 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 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.

Generous support for Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity is provided by The Joyce Foundation and the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc. Additional support is provided by Hahnemühle.