The Lion’s Tooth

Hanif Abdur-Rahim, A Revolutionary in Etiquette – Connosieurs of SWAG (2010)

What does the African Diaspora have in common with a Eurasian wildflower dandelion? It’s a play on words but also the signification of the beauty of something often misunderstood.

New Orleans native Shantrelle P. Lewis, amazes audiences with her Dandy Lion exhibit at local historic museum Hammond House. Dandy Lion is a photographic art exhibit that re-defines black masculinity.

The exhibit demonstrates how black men consistently defy stereotypical—understandings of themselves. A remix to Victorian-style coupled with traditional African fashion-therapy. The exhibit is disruptive to our traditional concepts of black men. Photos capture an artistic conversation which is long overdue.

Historically, Black masculinity remained hidden behind disparate picture that characterized Black men as hyper-masculine, thuggish and violent.

So far, the exhibition has inspired many throughout urban community exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe and has attracted over 17,000 visitors.

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity
On View: January 18, 2019 – April 28, 2019

For more information visit:

Hammond House

503 Peeples Street • Atlanta, GA • 30310

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