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Colin Kaepernick's Jersey is Part of MoMA Exhibition

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Sports Editor
Updated: 3 October 2017
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines during the 2016 season for sitting, then kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games. The act, done to protest and raise awareness for the social injustices throughout the country, went unnoticed at first, but then spread like wildfire.

Kaepernick continues to be at the forefront of conversations surrounding the issues—not just regarding social injustices but how athletes should act during the national anthem—despite being a free agent. His message has extended even further, this time into the world of fashion and art. Kaepernick’s No. 7 red 49ers jersey will be part of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Colin Kaepernick (center) kneels during the national anthem prior to a 2016 NFL game
Colin Kaepernick (center) kneels during the national anthem prior to a 2016 NFL game | © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/REX/Shutterstock

The 111-piece exhibition, on display at MoMA until January 28, 2018, highlights garments and accessories “that have had a profound effect on the world over the last century.”

Kaepernick’s jersey is on display with a Michael Jordan jersey, a New Zealand Rugby Black Ferns jersey and the iconic yellow No. 10 Pelé soccer jersey.

“A powerful form of creative and personal expression that can be approached from multiple angles of study, fashion is unquestionably also a form of design, with its pitch struck in negotiations between form and function, means and goals, automated technologies and craftsmanship, standardization and customization, universality and self-expression,” said exhibition curator Paola Antonelli in a release.

Items: Is Fashion Modern?, which fills the entire sixth floor of the museum, is the first fashion exhibition at MoMA since 1944.