Urban Wall Suit
As one of the co-founders of the Black Arts Movement collective AfriCOBRA, fashion designer Jae Jarrell made one-of-a-kind clothing using the bright hues the collective called “Coolade” colors, a wordplay on a popular children’s beverage. Jarrell’s vibrant garments exalt black families and culture and were worn by the artist in her daily life. She wrote that her Ebony Family dress “always got good vibes from our [AfriCOBRA] members, no doubt, because my political stance on nurturing the strong loving Black family is real, and personally experienced. We regarded the members as extended family.”
Sewn and painted cotton and silk, two-piece suit
37 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 1/2 in. (95.3 x 69.9 x 1.3 cm)
install dims: 53 1/2 × 18 × 12 in. (135.9 × 45.7 × 30.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange, Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund
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Jae Jarrell (American, born 1935). Urban Wall Suit, ca. 1969. Sewn and painted cotton and silk, two-piece suit, 37 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 1/2 in. (95.3 x 69.9 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange, Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 2012.80.16. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.80.16_front_PS9.jpg)
front, 2012.80.16_front_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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