Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know
(In-Person) at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
(ongoing until September 12, 2021)
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road Lincoln, MA 01773
Sonya Clark is known for her mixed-media work emphasizing ancestral bonds and Black presence in history. Her work has been presented internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries and is represented in many institutional and private collections. She is a Professor of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College, Amherst MA.
"At the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Clark viewed part of the Confederate Flag of Truce, a dishtowel used by Confederate Troops to surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, April 9, 1865. Clark re-wove the cloth at an enlarged scale and used black suture thread to stitch the two halves together, as if binding a wound." [quoted from https://nmwa.org/whats-on/exhibitions/online/sonya-clark-tatter-bristle-and-mend]
Sonya Clark, Monumental Cloth, (Sutured), 2017. Linen replica Confederate Truce Flag and silk thread; 18 x 36 in.; on loan from the artist; © Sonya Clark; Photo by Dabney Taylor.
In addition, the deCordova is offering a ticketed tour and workshop where participants will learn about quilts used on the Underground Railroad to communicate routes, help, safety, or danger, and create their own fabric collage.
Saturday, July 17, 2021 1-4PM
The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents "Tatter, Bristle, and Mend", an online exhibition by Sonya Clark. This exhibition is a mid-career survey of Clark's work, which consistently presents the themes of heritage, labor, and language, seeking visibility of black histories and the assertion of ancestral bonds which are too often omitted from public consciousness.
National Museum of Women in the Arts https://nmwa.org
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