Ruth Carter’s banners still hang in New Bedford months after the exhibit ended

NEW BEDFORD – “And that’s the truth, Ruth!”

It’s a famous line said by the character Samuel L. Jackson in Spike Lee’s 1989 classic “Do The Right Thing.”

The quote was also used on banners and promotional materials throughout downtown to entice guests to visit last year’s ‘Uncommon Threads: The Works of Ruth E. Carter’ exhibit at the New Bedford Art Museum. /ArtWorks!

On May 1, 2021, the art museum launched the exclusive exhibit dedicated to the first black costume designer to win an Oscar for Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

Carter, who grew up in Springfield, also designed a wardrobe for movies like “Malcom X,” “Do The Right Thing,” “Selma” and “Dolemite Is My Name.”

Carter traveled to New Bedford for the museum’s annual gala, praising the exhibit and giving it a big thumbs up.

The exhibition ended on November 14.

However, four months later, “And that’s the Truth, Ruth!” advertisements remain in several areas of the city, such as in Custom House Square.

Ruth E. Carter receives Best Costume Design Award for "Black Panther" at the Oscars on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“The quote has to do with his advocacy for civil rights and his simple advocacy of art,” said Robyn Weisel, the museum’s acting executive director and development associate. “It’s good for the city.”

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Although the expo is closed, she said there are still virtual resources and activities available on Carter’s dedicated website.

The “Members’ Exhibit” is currently on display in the museum’s main space.

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Regarding the still-hanging flags and banners, Weisel said the museum received a grant in 2021, through the New Bedford Department of Tourism and Marketing, to showcase the exhibit in the downtown area. town.

“I think with COVID, and the way city-level and internal staff are affected…that’s probably why they’re still on their feet,” she said.

According to Amy DesRosiers, head of tourism and marketing for the town, removing the banners is on their to-do list. “We are aware and we will work on it,” she said.

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DesRosiers joined the tourist office in December 2021.

“It’s still a learning curve. I’m not sure what’s being handled at this point by the city or certain organizations.”

She said that with upcoming events planned for the city, she wanted to start replacing outdated banners, flags and other promotional materials soon.

In the meantime, Weisel said it still brings positive attention to the museum and showcases Carter’s work.

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