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1952

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2016

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Textile, Gay Facade

This is a Textile. It was designed by John Hull and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1952 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Gay Façade, John Hull’s design featuring clusters of cheerful suns (5826.1.2016), was produced in multiple colorways. In this version, pink- and purple-dotted faces are clustered on a pale gray-green ground.

An illustrated preview of separates designed by Toni Owen in the Gay Façade print was highlighted in a Signature Fabrics advertisement in the December 29, 1952 issue of Women’s Wear Daily. The print appeared twice in the January 1953 issue of Harper’s Bazaar: the aforementioned Toni Owen separates and a coordinating blouse and skirt designed by Owen-Morgan were both fashioned from Hull’s textile design. (1) As Rebecca Blake wrote in a Boston Daily Globe article on January 4, 1953, “the fascinating ‘Gay Façade’ print features brilliant ‘Shock’ colors.”

This design in this colorway is represented in the museum’s collection (1994-38-8). There is currently one additional example of Hull’s work in the museum’s collection, a wallcovering entitled Speckled Diamond (1954-21-9).

(1) Karen J. Herbaugh, “Index of AAA Textile Designs,” in Art for Every Home: An Illustrated Index of Associated American Artists Prints, Ceramics, and Textile Designs (Manhattan: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Kansas State University, 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19686.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection, museum purchase through gift of anonymous donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 172.7 × 89.5 cm (5 ft. 8 in. × 35 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Gay Facade; Designed by John Hull ; cotton; H x W: 172.7 × 89.5 cm (5 ft. 8 in. × 35 1/4 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection, museum purchase through gift of anonymous donor; 2016-35-12

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