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Starts: 09/10/08 10:00 AM
Ends:  09/27/08 05:00 PM

August 18, 2008 

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu
LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY:
(202) 994-1525

GW'S LUTHER W. BRADY ART GALLERY TO HOST COLLECTION OF RARE 19th-CENTURY POLITICAL CAMPAIGN FLAGS
SEPT. 10 - 27, 2008

EVENT: 

The George Washington University's Luther W. Brady Art Gallery presents the exhibition Stars and Stripes: The Political Flag Collection of Mark and Rosalind Shenkman.

WHEN: 

Exhibition Dates: Sept. 10 - 27, 2008
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

WHERE: 

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Building, 2nd Floor
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)

COST: 

This exhibit is free and open to the public. 

BACKGROUND:

The American flag was once a graphic device used in campaigning for the presidency.  During presidential campaigns of the 19th century, the faces of Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and Theodore Roosevelt; a raccoon and the moon; tall ships; a log cabin; and platform slogans could be found on the American flag.  Although the U.S. Congress decreed in 1905 that the use of text or portraits on the official insignia of the United States would be outlawed, the practice continued for a number of years. 

Mark and Rosalind Shenkman, who collected almost every flag produced during this time, have loaned their collection to the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery to display during this political season.  The flags, made of wool, silk, or cotton, often are one-of-a-kind surviving examples. 
 
The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery is the professional showcase for art at GW.  Luther W. Brady, the gallery's namesake and benefactor, is a world-renowned oncologist who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at GW.  He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from GW in May 2004 and has served as a member of the university's Board of Trustees.

For more information on Stars and Stripes and associated programs, please call GW's University Art Galleries at (202) 994-1525 or visit www.gwu.edu/~bradyart.

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