Mr. Zebra & Watusi (Furnishing Fabric)

A work made of polyester, plain weave; screen printed.

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  • A work made of polyester, plain weave; screen printed.

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."

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Artist

Ben Rose (Designer)

Title

Mr. Zebra & Watusi (Furnishing Fabric)

Origin

Chicago

Date

1983

Medium

Polyester, plain weave; screen printed

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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