Sonya Clark: Heavenly Bound 

Sonya Clark, Constellation (detail), 2012–present, balls of human hair. Collecti
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On View Apr 09, 2021 - Sep 12, 2021
Exhibition Location: Museum
2nd Floor Galleries 
Clark's most recent work responds to the perilous northward journey of formerly enslaved people on the Underground Railroad. Centering African American experiences of survival and emancipation, Sonya Clark: Heavenly Bound will include an installation invoking the Big Dipper and North Star, composed of the artist’s hair; an artist’s book of cloth cyanotypes of stars; and an installation incorporating a map used on the Underground Railroad. This body of recent work will be accompanied by selections from deCordova’s permanent collection, addressing national symbols, race, and collective memory. 
DeCordova is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions and a full slate of public programs relating to the art of Sonya Clark. A multidisciplinary textile artist and Professor at Amherst College, Clark’s work offers a profound encounter with race and the enduring effects of slavery in the United States. Click here to read about the companion exhibition, Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know
Sonya Clark: Heavenly Bound is organized by Koch Curatorial Fellow Sam Adams. 

Sonya Clark (b. 1967, Washington, D.C.) is Professor of Art at Amherst College. She was previously a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of the Arts and Commonwealth Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as chair of the Craft/Material Studies Department from 2006 until 2017. She earned a BA from Amherst College, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and an honorary doctorate from Amherst College. Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 350 museum and galleries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner award, an 1858 Prize, an Art Prize Grand Jurors Award, and an Anonymous Was a Woman Award.  

Throughout the run of Sonya Clark’s exhibitions, deCordova will host public programs on the Civil War, slavery and racism in the Northeast, African American suffragettes, incarceration, the poetics of weaving, and more. Check back for the latest updates and to sign up.