Sorry for the radio silence. I recently went to see Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. I had not been to this museum in many years. In fact, I believe it was at another address. It is now three floors. I have read reviews by people complaining that it is a very small museum, but that is the beauty of it. It encourages an intimate viewing of the artwork. You can't just blow by. You should embrace the opportunity to slow down and observe.
The works included in this exhibition utilize both modern and traditional techniques. There were digital prints as well as silver gelatin. Though beautiful, I have to admit that the actual digital prints do not really hold my interest. Show me some beautiful grain and tonal range and I am yours. Some of the pieces that I found especially interesting were contemporary wet collodion prints. They beckoned you closer to observe their beauty. You have to appreciate the level of difficulty there is when working in this particular medium. It takes incredible skill and patience.
It is interesting to observe the many black sartorial experience from various countries around the globe.
This exhibition is up for another month so there is plenty of time to view it or plan on seeing it if you are planning a visit to Chicago.