On view through November 28, 2010, DANDY LION takes a glance at urban Black Dandies who like their continental African counterparts, Le Sapeur of Brazzaville, Congo, embody style, sophistication and a commitment to culture via dramatized masculinity. Dandy Lion pays homage to the fashionable urban gentleman – an African Diasporan man of style, an urban connoisseur of sophistication.
DANDY LION includes new work by Elen K. Awalom, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Russell K. Frederick, Cassi Amanda Gibson, Jamala Johns, Akintola Hanif, Brandi Pettijohn, Hanif Abdur-Rahim and Radcliffe Roye.
The Dandy Lion Photo Salon will feature complimentary style portraits by fashion photographers as well as a talk on the “Dandy Lion” – who is he and how he inspired the current exhibition. The evening will close with the screening of world-renown documentary “The Importance of Being Elegant” that looks at the members of “Le Sape,” the dandies of the Congo, who despite hardship take the art of style to a whole new level.
Style Portraits: Calling all Dandies and Fillies…
4pm – 6pm
Come dressed for your “photo op.” Harlem PoP invites salon attendees to pose for a complimentary style portraits.
6pm – 7:30pm
Join Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis and exhibiting artists in Dandy Lion…Behold A Gentlman Photo Exhibit as they discuss the inspiration behind this exicting show and the presentation of the contemporary Black urban dandy. The panel will also highlight the distinctions between the Dandy Lion and his contemporaries. This talk will address the importance of postulating young, urban Black men in a refreshing new light.
Film Screening: Sponsored by the African Film Festival
7:30pm – 9pm
“The Importance of Being Elegant”: A documentary that highlights Le SAPE,The Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (The society for people of elegance and ambiance), in the Congo and follows its leader Papa Wemba, a musician and man of extravagant tastes. This colorful film sheds light on one of the continent’s aesthetic phenomenon. (Directors: George Amponsah and Cosima Spender | 70 minutes)
Produced by Society HAE as part of an ongoing series of “Pop Up Experience Shop™”, Harlem PoP re-purposed a corner storefront that stood empty for over a year and created a marketplace, art gallery and performance space for emerging artists that is open to the public and offers free programming.www.harlempop.com
photo credit: Delphine Fawundu-Buford
The Dandy Lion Photo Salon is made possible through the support of The National Black Theatre and The African Film Festival
Read more about the Sapes here: http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/17/garden/in-congo-fashion-from-a-suitcase.html