Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know

Sonya Clark, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.
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On View Apr 09, 2021 - Sep 12, 2021
Exhibition Location: Museum
Linde Gallery 
Foster Galleries 
Through large-scale textile pieces, interactive experiences, and performance, this exhibition proposes a shift in the national discussion around race and remembrance. The Confederate Flag of Truce is a simple dishcloth employed as the South’s flag of surrender at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Yet, as Clark shows, propaganda continues to make the more familiar Confederate Battle Flag into the enduring symbol of this history. The exhibition asks: what was surrendered and who had the privilege of surrendering? Did the truce hold? Clark's works explore the color, texture, and ideology of the Truce Flag, offering avenues for reevaluating foundational American narratives of truce and surrender. 
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: Heavenly Bound
Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know is organized by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. 
Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know is supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Amherst College, Agnes Gund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Goya Contemporary Gallery & Goya-Girl Press, Sara and Bill Morgan, Rotasa Fund, John Meyerhoff, M.D. and Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff, and Judith S. Weisman. 
Additional support for deCordova’s presentation is generously provided by an anonymous donor. 

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.