Long May She Wave
Long May She Wave
Long May She Wave
Long May She Wave
Long May She Wave

Long May She Wave

Pentagram Design, San Francisco, California, 2008


In his search to understand what is iconic, Kit Hinrichs, designer and collector, has been fascinated with the many graphic interpretations of the American flag and how the elements in its design can be parsed into individual colors and patterns, yet are recognizable to millions around the world. The stars and stripes are a national brand, a logo and a symbol that is filled with emotion and levels of meaning that change with the political and cultural climate.

This 8,500-square-foot exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno included Civil War-era flags, handmade quilts, hundreds of toy-flag-bearing soldiers, weather vanes, jewelry, Native American weavings, political campaign memorabilia, clothing and protest banners, packaging labels and fine-arts photographs.

Juror Notes

Starting with a great subject, this is a beautifully curated exhibition. You are motivated to walk through the space not only by the subject matter but also by the composition of the installation. We enjoyed the change in scale, from postage-stamp repetition to large environmental pieces wrapping the space. 

Collections: AIGA 365: 30 (2009)
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Information design
Format: Exhibit, Information architecture


Design firm
Pentagram Design
Creative director
Kit Hinrichs
Delphine Hirasuna, Miriam Stanton
Gloria Hiek, Kit Hinrichs
Production artist
An Luc
Project manager
Adi Wise
Miriam Stanton, Ann Wolfe
Nevada Museum of Art