Monday, July 4, 2016

A Grand And Glorious Celebration For All!

There's a marvelous new exhibition at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania just up the road from Philadelphia.
It opened on July 2 and we visited it yesterday. It runs through November 4 and this is something you don't wanna miss.
It's called "Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag."
Among the most recognizable icons in the world today, the American flag has enjoyed a long history of graphic renderings and artistic reinterpretations. 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 thousands of 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 comprise their own genre of folk art and are a unique part of our American heritage. Designed and produced by Kit Hinrichs and the Stars and Stripes Foundation. The exhibit is included with museum admission.
We were so deeply moved by many of the objects that we saw in this show -- indeed, we spent a great deal of time viewing the collection and reading about the stories behind each object. Many related to critical moments in our history: additions of states to the union, wars, important elections, triumphs and tragedies. But others were carefree and whimsical. Some made us chuckle, some brought a tear to our eye.
This is simply a magnificent show! Bravo to the Mercer Museum and the show's sponsors! We've included some photons below.

Locally Sponsored by:

Mr. & Mrs. Alex Gorsky
Bucks County Republican Committee
Susan E. Kane
Curtis & Carolyn Cowgill
Intercontinental Development

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