T-shirt with an illustration of Eric Garner

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Manufactured by
Gildan Activewear Inc., Canadian, founded 1984
Designed by
Gao, Ocean, American, born 1998
Subject of
Garner, Eric, 1970 - 2014
Ethical Culture Fieldston School, American, founded 1878
Millions March NYC, American, founded 2014
Medium
ink on cotton
Dimensions
H x W x D (flat): 30 1/8 × 34 13/16 × 1/8 in. (76.5 × 88.5 × 0.3 cm)
Type
T-shirts
Place made
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place used
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date
2014
Description
A size large, white t-shirt designed by Ethical Culture Fieldston School student Ocean Gao, who wore this shirt during a December 13, 2014 protest march organized by Millions March NYC in New York City. The cotton t-shirt has printed, stylized, red and black text on the front chest that reads, [THE WORLD IS / NOT OK] below a black-and-white graphic illustration of a teenage Eric Garner. Garner is depicted in bust post facing the viewer, wearing a suit with a bowtie. His nose and mouth are covered with two small illustrations of pieces of tape with black text that read [I CAN’T] above [BREATHE]. Over the right shoulder of the illustration is the artist’s printed signature and date in black ink that reads [Ocean, G. 2014]. A fabric tag for Gildan is sewn at the interior center back collar. The back of the t-shirt is blank.
Topic
African American
Activism
Art
Clothing and dress
Justice
Race relations
Resistance
Social reform
Violence
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Mariama Richards
Object number
2015.217.4
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Political and Activist Ephemera
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture