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UW Visual Arts Building Displays Flag Marking Centennial of 19th Amendment

May 3, 2021
a flag designed to look like a dishtowel
This flag flying outside UW’s Visual Arts Building, designed as a dishtowel with kitchen stains and grommets, commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which legislated women’s right to vote in the United States. (UW Photo)

A flag flying outside the University of Wyoming’s Visual Arts Building is part of a nationwide art project commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which legislated women’s right to vote in the United States.

The nylon flag, designed as a dishtowel with kitchen stains and grommets, is a temporary installation featuring the work of artist Elena del Rivero.

“Elena del Rivero: Home Address” is a multiplatform initiative that began last summer. For the project, del Rivero created 19 flags inspired by dishtowel designs to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Her multiples, emblazoned with a common abstract, geometric pattern, are being hosted by distinct institutions across the nation.

Del Rivero is a Spanish American artist whose works typically blur boundaries between distinct forms of expression -- such as writing, painting, sewing and drawing. She transfers often-overlooked or underestimated textiles from the kitchen into the public sphere, striving to spark collective conversations, woven from manifold perspectives, about civics and aesthetics.

Her artworks are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums, the Colby College Museum of Art and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

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