Dandy Lion:(Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity

Photo by Kia Chenelle

FEBRUARY 23 – MAY 21, 2017

DEFINING DANDY LION : Throughout history, most notably the past two centuries, and particularly in the West, Black men have used fashion as a tool of rebellion.

When self-styled, the African Diasporan man has relied upon his innate sensibilities to express his masculinity, his humanity, his individuality. In styling himself, particularly in dress mostly associated with a certain class, education, and social status of the other [read: Whites], the African Diasporan dandy cleverly manipulates clothing and attitude to exert his agency rather than succumb to the limited ideals placed on him by society.

He performs identity. Most importantly, an integral part of this rebellion entails posing before a camera.

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, and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn.


WHAT: Dandy Lion:(Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity

WHERE: Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami1301 Stanford DriveCoral Gables, FL

WHEN:Now - MAY 21, 2017,

COST: General admission $12.50, Seniors and students $8, Members, UM students, faculty and children are FREE.

HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4pm, Sunday noon-4pm, Mondays and holidays closed.

Content courtesy of Lowe Art Museum and Dandy Lion.

For more information visit http://www6.miami.edu/lowe/exhibition/dandy_lion.html