Chev About Town // Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity at MOCP
If you are in (or plan to visit) Chicago any time between now and July 12, you need to collect your things, identify a mode of transportation and get to the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Last night was the opening of its newest exhibit Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity.
A Dandy (a.k.a. "beau" or "gallant") is a man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self.
Basically, he has his own style, he already knows he's the shit and you can't tell him any different. (And he didn't ask you, anyway.)
I know we overuse the phrase "______ is everything" when referring to something we like a lot... but the exhibit is everything. I walked in to a room full of diverse, stylish people, friendly and familiar faces and lots of beautiful photography. The MOCP website says the following about The Dandy Lion Project:
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.