Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Museum of Modern Art acquires the Rainbow Flag, because it is "fabulous"

By Cait Munro
The Rainbow Flag, designed by Gilbert Baker. Photo: Philly Mag.
NEW YORK---The Museum of Modern Art's latest acquisition is certainly an icon, but it's probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of things likely to be acquired by an art museum. The Rainbow Flag is a universal symbol of LGBTQ pride, and was created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker. The flag comes to the museum's department of architecture and design during global celebrations for Gay Pride Month. "It is not just a logo—it functions in so many different ways," Baker told MoMA curatorial assistant Michelle Millar Fisher in an interview. [link]

Gilbert Baker sewing the Rainbow Flag in NYC, 1994. Photo: Mick Hicks, via MoMA.