RENO, NV.- The Nevada Museum of Art presents Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag, on view through February 22, 2009. Arguably one of the most recognizable icons in the world today, the American flag has enjoyed a long history of graphic renderings and artistic re-interpretations. Although the Continental Congress agreed in 1777 that the United States flag should be comprised of 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.
From Civil War-era flags and Native American moccasins to political campaign buttons and original flag art, Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag assembles nearly 5,000 American flag-related objects and artifacts from the private collection of Kit Hinrichs, one of the world’s leading graphic designers and a partner in the international design firm, Pentagram. Together, the range of objects and memorabilia presented in Long May She Wave comprise their own genre of folk art and are a unique part of the American heritage—revealing the history, culture, and political climate of the United States.
Additional support provided by American Family Insurance and AT & T Nevada, together with the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Our sponsors have proudly underwritten free admission for retired and active military personnel and their families throughout the exhibition. American Family Insurance has also generously sponsored free admission for the general public in celebration of Election Day on November 4, 2008.