Scarf: New York Worlds Fair, 1939

Object Number: 
1944.272
Date: 
1939
Medium: 
Rayon
Dimensions: 
Overall: 27 x 27 in. ( 68.6 x 68.6 cm )
Marks: 
printed: all over: "1789 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1939/ UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERMENT BUILDING/ TEMPLE OF RELIGION/ FOR ALL WHO WORSHIP GOD/ AND PRIZE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM/ LAGOON OF NATIONS/ COURT OF PEACE/ FREEDOM SQUARE/ RELIGION/ PETITION & ASSEMBLY/ PRES
Description: 
Rayon printed kerchief of the Constitution Mall at the 1939 New York World's Fair with the U.S. Government Building, the Lagoon of Nations and most prominently the statue of George Washington; printed in grey, green, chartreuse, blue and yellow; green border.
Gallery Label: 
The 1939 New York World's Fair opened on the 150th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as President, with a reenactment of his arrival to New York City in 1789. The sculpture depicted on the kerchief was intended to look as he appeared as he took his oath of office. Helen Sargent Hitchcock, who studied painting at the Art Students League, founded the Art Workers Club for Women in 1898 and the Art Alliance of America in 1914. Out of these grew the Art Center, which she founded in 1920. The Art Center joined seven afilliate organizations under a single building on East 56th Street in New York City, including the Art Alliance, the Society of Illustrators, the American Institute of Graphic Art, and the Art Directors Club.
Bibliography: 

Weiss, Hillary. The American Bandanna: Culture on Cloth from George Washington to Elvis. San Francisco: Chronicle, 1990.

Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group