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Mr. Zebra & Watusi (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of polyester, plain weave; screenprinted.

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  • A work made of polyester, plain weave; screenprinted.

Date:

1983

Artist:

Designed by Ben Rose (American, 1916–2004)
Produced by Ben Rose, Inc. (American, 1946-?)
United States, Illinois, Chicago

About this artwork

The title of this fabric pattern is taken in part from the name of a dance popular in the early 1960s. The Vibrations’s 1961 hit song “The Wausi” describes a foot-sliding, shoulder-shimmying, hip-wiggling dance similar to the Twist. The Watusi can be danced solo, and the neon-yellow zebra standing alone behind the leafy green plant stalks suggests the electric and independent spirit of the dance. The Vibrations, however, invite their listeners to join in with the line “Come on, try, sugar pie, keep with the beat, and Watusi, Watusi with me.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Ben Rose (Designer)

Title

Mr. Zebra & Watusi (Furnishing Fabric)

Origin

Chicago

Date

Made 1983

Medium

Polyester, plain weave; screenprinted

Dimensions

183.2 × 127.4 cm (72 1/8 × 50 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rose

Reference Number

1995.90.17

Extended information about this artwork

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