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. 

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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.)

Via MOCP

Via MOCP

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.
Via MOCP

Via MOCP

Via MOCP

Via MOCP

The #DandyLion exhibit is curated by Shantrelle Lewis, who is one of my husband's former grad school classmates, and includes a window display that was curated by my friend and soror, Maya-Camille Broussard.  

Y'all should go.