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Commemorative Toile

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Philadelphia (printed)

  • Date:

    1992 (produced)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Green, Renée, born 1959 (artist)
    Philadelphia Fabric Workshop (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint, in red ink, on cloth pasted to paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 35

Work by the American Renée Green (born 1959) is difficult to categorise, but the term 'de-coding culture' is one that could be applied to many of her installations. She investigates the way history has been created, often seeking to subvert conventional interpretations. In Taste Venue she discreetly exchanges popular decorative images found in a typical 18th-century Rococo patterned wallpaper with images that reflect the harsh circumstances of African slaves of that time who were forced to live and work in the colonies established by Europeans and Americans. Her alternative versions open up new possibilites of historical truth and morality.

Physical description

screen print in red ink on cloth pasted to paper support resembling French Rococo wallpaper

Place of Origin

Philadelphia (printed)


1992 (produced)


Green, Renée, born 1959 (artist)
Philadelphia Fabric Workshop (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint, in red ink, on cloth pasted to paper


Length: 457.5 cm of drop, Width: 143 cm of roll

Descriptive line

Wall covering for the installation 'Taste Venue'

Production Note

This wallcovering was first produced at the Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, in 1992. The work was not given a title by the artist when exhibited as part of the installation 'Taste Venue' first shown in the Pat Hearne Gallery, New York, in 1994. It has subsequently been exhibited as 'Commemorative Toile'. It is still being produced and used for different exhibitions.


Paper; Cotton voile; Printing ink


Screenprint in red ink

Subjects depicted

Racism; Lynching; Miscegenation; Slavery


Wallcoverings; Prints; Black History

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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