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Sonya Clark, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Woven replica of the Confederate Flag of Truce, 2019. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
Sonya Clark, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Woven replica of the Confederate Flag of Truce, 2019. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Sonya Clark:

Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know

March 29, 2019–August 4, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 29, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
 
Upcoming Public Programs: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1:00 – 3:30 PM
 
Friday, May 17, 2019, 3:30 – 6:30 PM
 
Friday, May 24, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
 
Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
 
Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:30 PM
Hosted by The Fabric Workshop and Museum and
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
 
Friday, July 12, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
 
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
 
Past Programs:
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Hosted by Slought, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
 
 
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 2:00 PM


In the spring of 1865, a seemingly unremarkable dishcloth played a crucial role in ending the Civil War as the South's flag of surrender at Appomattox. In Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know, textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark debuts six new works across two floors at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Focusing specifically on this Confederate Flag of Truce, the exhibition explores the legacy of symbols and challenges the power of propaganda, erasures, and omissions. By making the Truce Flag – a cloth that brokered peace and represented the promise of reconciliation – into a monumental alternative to the infamous Confederate Battle Flag and its pervasive divisiveness, Clark instigates a role reversal and aims to correct a historical imbalance. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is housed in a former flag factory, a particularly fitting place to ask questions about the symbolic power cloth can hold in the consciousness of our nation. Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know is a timely catalyst for dialogue about the scars of the Confederacy and America's ability to acknowledge and reckon with racial injustice. 

Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know will coincide with Sonya Clark: Self-Evident, on view at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (May 25 – September 8, 2019).
 
 
About the Artist
The exhibition is the culmination of Sonya Clark's two-year residency with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, as well as a homecoming of sorts. The artist began her career as an Apprentice at FWM in 1993. Since that time, Clark has received numerous awards, including the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award (2018), Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2016), ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize (co-winner, 2014), Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2010 and 2011), and Pollock Krasner award. Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 museums and galleries throughout the world. For 12 years, Clark served as a professor and chair of the Department of Craft and Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently Professor of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College where she received an honorary doctorate in 2015. Deeply committed to the field of craft, Clark has also served on the board of the American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN), Textile Museum (Washington, DC), and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME).

 

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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, Rotasa Fund, John Meyerhoff, M.D. and Lenel Srochi-Meyerhoff, and Judith S. Weisman. Looms generously donated by: Craft + Materials Studies at The University of the Arts; Fibers & Material Studies at Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Textile Design at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) School of Design and Engineering; and Becky Flax.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional operational support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

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Bio
Born 1967, Washington, D.C.
 
Clark has received numerous awards, including the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award (2018), Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2016), ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize (co-winner, 2014), Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2010 and 2011), and Pollock Krasner award. Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 museums and galleries throughout the world. For 12 years, Clark served as a professor and chair of the Department of Craft and Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently Professor of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College where she received an honorary doctorate in 2015. Deeply committed to the field of craft, Clark has also served on the board of the American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN), Textile Museum (Washington, DC), and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, ME).