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Talk & Book Signing

Seersucker Social: The Black Dandy and Resistance

Tuesday, July 11

6:30 pm

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY


Join Aperture and the New York Public Library to celebrate the Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style by Shantrelle P. Lewis. Jamilah Lemieux,Vice President, News and Men’s Programming for Interactive One, will moderate a conversation between Lewis and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, photographer and Creative Director of The Brooklyn Circus Ouigi Theodore, exploring “oppositional fashion” as a mode of self-expression and a catalyst for resistance to myriad social expectations and political ideas.

Today’s black dandies assume none of the privilege associated with dandyism’s European origins, but all the delight and careful consideration of one’s style. The evening will be presented as a seersucker social. Lewis will also be signing copies of her publication after the talk.

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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.

Seersucker Social: The Black Dandy and Resistance