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Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know

January 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - March 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for an opening reception Friday, January 31, 6-8 p.m.

Celebrating 20 years of artists, art and ideas in 2020, the Artspace continues its commitment to presenting timely, solo projects by internationally recognized, mid-career artists offering diverse perspectives. The Artspace is pleased to present Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know, a timely project by textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark, focuses on the seemingly unremarkable dishcloth that played a crucial role in ending the Civil War in the spring of 1865. Pressed into service as the South’s flag of surrender at Appomattox, Va., this cloth became known as the Confederate Flag of Truce.  Featuring six new works created for the exhibition, Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know reimagines the Truce Flag and invites us to reconsider the stories our inherited monuments and symbols present. This exhibition continues Clark’s ongoing exploration of the legacy of cultural symbols and serves as a timely catalyst for dialogue about the scars of the Confederacy and America’s ability to acknowledge and reckon with history, social justice, institutional racism, and racial inequality.

Upcoming Public Programs

Image: Sonya Clark, 2015. Photo credit: Diego Valdez.

Thursday, March 5

The Artspace is pleased to host Sonya Clark as the Kansas City Art Institute’s Hoffman Visiting
Artist Lecture, part of a program of special events accompanying the exhibition, Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know.

Additional Public Programs
Opening Reception
Friday, January 31, 6-8 p.m.

First Friday Meditation
Friday, February 7, 12 p.m.
Guided meditation with Lisa Murphy inspired by the artwork on view. RSVP to mdcain@kcai.edu

TNT (The Noon Thing) Gallery Talks
Fridays, February 14, 21, and March 13 at 12 p.m.
Noon-time public engagement series offering additional context to the exhibition on view.

For more details about the Artspace’s public programs, or to schedule a group visit, call 816-802- 3571. Follow us on Instagram @hrblockartspace and on Facebook

Organized by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the exhibition makes the first stop on its national tour in Kansas City. Preceding its presentation at the Artspace, the exhibition has garnered critical praise and has been featured in such publications and sources as Artforum, Hyperallergic, Artnet, Bomb Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, American Craft Council, Textile Society of America, CNN, The New York Times, Forbes, Observer, Brooklyn Rail and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Support for Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know is provided 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. Additional funding and support for the exhibition at the Artspace is provided by the Kansas City Art Institute, Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Margaret Silva, Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment at KCAI, Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, Kansas City Weavers Guild, Boulevard Brewing Company, and private contributions. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know.


January 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
March 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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