Just in time for Pride, the Museum of Modern Art announced today that the original Rainbow Flag, patched together nearly 36 years ago at the San Francisco Gay Community Center, will join the company of other iconic symbols in their design department, “the world’s first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design.”
Published today via Inside Out, a MoMA blog, the acquisition notice also featured a sit-down interview with Gilbert Baker, the artist behind the flag that became synonymous with LGBTQ pride and visibility.
“I made it in 1978 and I hoped it would be a great symbol but it has transcended all of that — and within short order — because it became so much bigger than me, than where I was producing it, much bigger even that the U.S,” Baker says. “Now it’s made all over the world. The beauty of it is the way that it has connected us.”
To read the entire interview, click here.