Dates & Times
Mar 22 - Aug 31, 2014
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
829 West Main Street,
The Frazier History Museum salutes
the world’s artistic love affair with the stars and stripes in Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag. This incomparable display of over 100 red,
white and blue objects opens to the public on Saturday, February 22 and runs
through Sunday, July 6, 2014. Long May
She Wave is part of the private collection of renowned San Francisco
graphic designer Kit Hinrichs, who has acquired American flag-inspired art for
more than 40 years.
With an eclectic mix of objects, what makes this
collection singular is that Hinrichs approaches the acquisition of each piece
with a designer’s sensibility. His interest in the American flag began with a
hand-sewn flag created by his great-great-great-great-aunt in 1865 and grew
into a rich collection of over 5,000 objects.
To call Hinrichs an American flag
collector does not tell a complete story. Although stars and stripes factor into all of
the artifacts, the vast collection is enormously varied, including Garrison
Flags, one-of-a-kind quilts, Navajo weavings, “Living Flag” photos, war
posters, political memorabilia, postcards, folk art, flag bearer toy soldiers,
and fine art expressions, among other pieces. Unique historical objects are
balanced with everyday objects, and the collection of quilts catalogs and puts
into historical perspective how all of these objects make up a tapestry of