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Create a Banner

The hand-sewn words and symbols on this banner represent issues that are important to Cauleen Smith, such as prejudice, racism, and people’s inability to understand one another. Smith says that the pencils and microphones suggest communication and that the crows represent overlooked people, or flight and freedom. What do the symbols on this banner mean to you?

Use markers or paint and paper to make your own banner that represents something you feel strongly about. What symbols and words will you use to communicate your message? What shape will your banner be? What will it look like? When you’ve finished your banner, ask an adult to help you hang it in your home.

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Cauleen Smith, The Comedians, 2017. Satin, poly-satin, wool felt, silk-rayon velvet, embroidery floss, metallic thread, acrylic fabric paint, satin cord, polyester fringe, poly-silk tassels, and sequins, overall: 72 3/4 × 51 3/16 × 3/4in. (184.8 × 130 × 1.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee and the Director's Discretionary Fund 2018.34. © Cauleen Smith



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