“Artist/Rebel/Dandy” — Salon At Athenaeum
(2.15) In anticipation of the exhibition “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion” opening at the RISD Museum on April 28th, the Providence Athenaeum is hosting a series of salons. This Friday, exhibit curators Kate Irvin and Laurie Brewer will present the many perspectives that meet and sometimes collide to illustrate the range of the dandy spectrum.
The RISD Museum celebrates the dandy, tracing the variety of ways in which this personality has blazed through two centuries and investigating where he resides today. Rather than following strict definitions, Artist/Rebel/Dandy features myriad manifestations of the dandy’s style and persona, from the discreet sophistication and consummate elegance of Beau Brummell (1778–1840) to the romantics and revolutionaries of today—including Rick Owens, Patti Smith, Ouigi Theodore, and Waris Ahluwalia.
The exhibit will include a suit jacket worn in the 60’s by local dandy, painter, illustrator, and longtime RISD professor, Richard Merkin (also noted for being on the cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s”). Part 3 of this salon series “‘Fresh Dressed Like a Million Bucks': A Cultural History of Black Dandyism” will be held on February 22nd.
(Photograph of Guy Hills by Geordie.)
Salon, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, February 15, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street