Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag in Reno, NV


Long May She Wave: A Visual History of the American Flag

Lady Liberty postcard, 1890.Throughout its centuries-long history, the American flag has been the subject of countless graphic renderings and artistic re-interpretations, from Civil War-era banners to modern advertisements, from Native American beaded moccasins to contemporary protest art. Although the Continental Congress agreed in 1777 that the United States flag should comprise stars and stripes in red, white, and blue, more than a century passed without formal design regulations, yielding a wealth of exuberant and unbridled creative manifestations of the national banner.

Long May She Wave: A Visual History of the American Flag assembles hundreds of American flag-related objects and artifacts from the private collection of Kit Hinrichs, one of the world’s leading graphic designers. The extraordinary range of objects and memorabilia presented revisit the American flag’s appeal as a powerful graphic image, giving visitors a fresh look at a unique part of American heritage.

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Exhibition specifications

Time magazine promotion celebrating the Fourth of July, 1982.
Contents Approximately 300 artifacts, text panels and graphics, online component
Supplemental Companion book
Participation Fee $18,000 per 12-week booking period
Size 3,000 square feet, est.
Crates To be determined
Weight To be determined
Category Art
Security High

Pro-rated, SITES-designated carrier

SITES Contacts

Amanda Cane, 202.633.3109 (Content/design)
Ed Liskey, 202.633.3142 (Scheduling)

Tour Begins

December 2012


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Tour itinerary

Dates   Host Institution Status
11/10/2012 2/10/2013   Call for Availability
3/2/2013 5/26/2013   Call for Availability
6/15/2013 9/15/2013   Call for Availability
10/5/2013 1/5/2014   Call for Availability
1/25/2014 4/20/2014   Call for Availability
5/10/2014 8/3/2014   Call for Availability
8/23/2014 11/16/2014   Call for Availability
12/6/2014 3/1/2015   Call for Availability
3/21/2015 6/14/2015   Call for Availability
7/4/2015 9/27/2015   Call for Availability
10/17/2015 1/10/2016   Call for Availability

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Related publications

Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag by Kit Hinrichs and Delphine Hirasuna; Berkley/Toronto: Ten Speed Press, 2004; $42.00 Hard Cover.

More than 220 richly illustrated pages take readers on a graphic journey exploring the evolution and use of the stars and stripes. Collection ranges from Native American clothing to Japanese kimonos and 19th-century toy soldiers.

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Long May She Wave book cover

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Press release

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Exhibition Specifications

Tour Itinerary

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Exhibition Prospectus

Press Release

Click to Enlarge. Lakota gauntlet gloves, ca. 1960. Glass beads and leather; 15.5 x 14.5 inches. Click to Enlarge. Thirty-six-star flag, ca. 1865. Wool bunting with cotton stars; 64 x 72 inches.
Click to Enlarge. Toy soldier flag bearers Click to Enlarge. Crossed flag kimono, 1896. Japan, hand-painted silk; 47 x 47 inches.
Click to Enlarge. McKinley quilt, cotton bunting, 1901. 68 x 80.5 inches. Click to Enlarge. Patriotic bed doll, ca. 1920; ceramic, hair, silk, and canvas, 26.5 x 20 inches.

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