Dion Untitled #1 or Sitting Pretty

Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, American, born 1991

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2016

Digital archival print

Sheet: 42 1/4 × 36 3/16 in. (107.3 × 91.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund

© Darryl DeAngelo Terrell

2023.19.5

Geography

Place Made: United States, North America

Period

21st century

Object Name

Photograph

Research Area

Photograph

Not on view

Inscriptions

Signed, on reverse, lower right, in black ink: Darryl Terrell / 2023

Label

The central figure, Dion, is the alter ego of the artist. In embodying this character, Terrell can revel in aspects of themselves that are commonly disparaged in general society, like their femininity, size, and skin color. Here, Terrell, in the guise of Dion, sits upon a domestic throne attended and protected by handsome, traditionally masculine Black men. The photograph celebrates the queer, gender-nonconforming pleasures of selfadornment, wearing a voluminous skirt while topless, and enjoying Black queer sexual attraction.

From the 2024 exhibition And I'm Feeling Good: Relaxation and Resistance, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Course History

Art History 5.01, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Mary Coffey and Chad Elias, Winter 2024

Art History 83.07, Keywords for ARTH: Race, Mary Coffey, Winter 2024

Exhibition History

And I'm Feeling Good: Relaxation and Resistance, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 20-April 13, 2024.

Provenance

The artist, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Detroit, Michigan; sold to present collection, 2023.

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