Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style - Shantrelle Lewis and Guthrie Ramsey

Join us for a conversation about
black dandies, street style, and the jazz aesthetic
with the with curator/author of Dandy Lion,
Shantrelle Lewis,
and UPenn professor of music
Guthrie Ramsey!
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"Suits that pop with loud colors and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new “dandy.” Described as “high-styled rebels” by author Shantrelle P. Lewis, black men with a penchant for color and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion. But black dandyism itself is not new; originating in Enlightenment England’s slave culture, it has continued for generations in black cultures around the world. Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture, this iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be black, masculine, and fashionable. Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism. Throughout the book, self expression is communicated through personal style, clothing, shoes, hats, and swagger. Lewis’s carefully curated selection of contemporary photographs surveys the movement across the globe in spectacular form, with all of the vibrant patterns, electrifying colors, and fanciful poses of this brilliant style subculture."

After a fantastic presentation at the Institute for Contemporary Art during the Black Star Film Festival, Shantrelle Lewis comes to the Penn Book Center to talk with Guthrie Ramsey about her curation of this collection, her book, and the aesthetic of black street style and artistic creation.  Don't miss it, and feel free to dress your best!

Shantrelle P. Lewis is a U.S.-based curator and researcher specializing in diasporic aesthetics, and the survival and evolution of African retentions. 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 several institutions including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art; Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture; and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her traveling curatorial initiative, The Dandy Lion Project, examines global black dandyism through photography and film.

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is a musicologist, pianist, composer and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania.  A widely published author, he's the author of Race Music:  Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, The Amazing Bud Powell:  Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop and African American Music:  Grove Music Essentials (Kindle Edition).  He is currently completing two new books, a collection of mid-career essays titled Who Hears Here?  and a monograph history of African American music from the slave-era to the present.  As the leader of the band Dr. Guy's MusiQology, he has released three CDs (Y the Q, The Colored Waiting Room and B Eclectic and has performed at Venues such as The Blue Note in New York and the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia.  Among his other musical works is "Someone Is Listening," a commission written with poet Elizabeth Alexander commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP.  His three-movement suite for voice and jazz ensemble, Art Songs in the Kingdom of Culture, which premiered in February 2012 was written in honor of W.E.B. DuBois.  His documentary film Amazing:  The Tests and Triumph of Bud Powell was a selection at the BlackStar Film Festival in 2015.  He co-curated the 2010 exhibition Ain't Nothing Like the REal Thing:  How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institute and was a contributing scholar to the Museum of Modern Art's recent exhibitionTiOne-Way Ticket:  Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Works.  Ramsey is the founder and editor of the popular blog,Musiqology.com., which takes on musical issues of the day.  He received a doctorate in musicology from the University of Michigan and taught at Tufts University before joining the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1998.  He was a Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth College, a DuBois Institute Fellow at Harvard University, and has held visiting professorships at Princeton University and Harvard University.  Follow him on Twitter @DrGuyMusiqology.
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Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
Dandy Lion: Black Dandy and Street Style Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597113892
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Published: Aperture - May 30th, 2017

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