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Hammonds House Museum Delights Members and Attracts New Audiences with Dandy Lion Exhibit

Hammonds House Museum Delights Members and Attracts New Audiences with Dandy Lion Exhibit

Looking to explore art in the South? Be sure to add Hammonds House Museum to your list. Their latest exhibit: Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity, is one you don’t want to miss. This exhibit is powerful and bold and one you won’t soon forget.

Hammonds House Museum Delights Members and Attracts New Audiences with Dandy Lion Exhibit

Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity, the new photography exhibition at Hammonds House Museum, is quickly becoming one of the most popular events in the museum’s history and is attracting new audiences. Curated byShantrelle P. Lewis and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography, it examines global black dandyism, men with a penchant for color and a taste for refined fashion. Black dandyism is not new; originating in England’s Age of Enlightenment slave culture, it has continued for generations in black cultures around the world. Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture, the newest iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be black, masculine, and fashionable. Dandy Lion will be on display through April 28 at Hammonds House Museum, 503 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.  

“I think the reason this exhibition resonates with so many people, is that we have an opportunity to see and celebrate our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and bothers,” states Leatrice Ellzy, Executive Director of Hammonds House Museum. “Many men who have visited the exhibit have expressed that they see themselves in the images on our walls and are excited to be acknowledged and honored in this way. Dandy Lion is about us – our dignity, swagger, cool and desire to live our best lives.”

Here are some of the special events being presented in connection with the Dandy Lion exhibition. Check the museum’s web site for more details, admission costs, and RSVP information: hammondshouse.org.

Alanzo 2010 – photo credit Russell Frederick
Colman-Domingo-London-2013-photo-credit-Sara-Shamsavari
Ignacio Quiles photographed by Rose Callahan at his store QP and Monty in NYC on Nov 11, 2012 – http://qpandmonty.wordpress.com/
Iké Udé photographed by Rose Callahan in NYC on May 1, 2013
Martell Campbell, London 2014 – photo credit Sara Shamsavari
Ouigi Theodore 2013 – photo credit Rose Callahan
Revolutionary in Etiquette, Connosieurs of SWAG 1972 – photo credit Hanif Abdur-Rahim
Sapeurs posing in Brazzaville 2008 – photo credit Daniele Tamagni
Stranger in Moscow, Kremlin 1983- photo credit Arteh Odidja
Untitled 1 1970 – photo credit Jody Ake
Untitled 5 1970 – photo credit Jody Ake
Shantrelle P. Lewis is an independent curator based out of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. She was a 2014 United Nations Program for People of African Descent Fellow and a 2012–13 Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Lewis has curated exhibitions for institutions including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn; Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore; and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Shantrelle P. Lewis is an independent curator based out of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. She was a 2014 United Nations Program for People of African Descent Fellow and a 2012–13 Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Lewis has curated exhibitions for institutions including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn; Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore; and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Hammonds House Museum, located in a beautiful Victorian home in Atlanta’s historic West End, is a unique setting to explore the cultural diversity and legacy of artists of African descent. The museum is the former residence of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, a prominent Atlanta physician and a passionate arts patron. A 501(c)3 organization which opened in 1988, Hammonds House Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 350 works including art by Romare Bearden, Robert S. Duncanson, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Hale Woodruff. In addition to featuring works from their collection, the museum offers new exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, concerts, arts education programs, and other cultural events throughout the year. For more information, and to find out how you can get involved, visit their web site: hammondshouse.org.

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