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Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture: Sonya Clark

March 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presenting her lecture on March 5 as the 2020 Hoffman Visiting Artist, Sonya Clark focuses on a 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, the cloth became known as the Confederate Flag of Truce. By making the Truce Flag into a monumental alternative to the infamous Confederate Battle Flag and its pervasive divisiveness, textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark instigates a role reversal and aims to correct a historical imbalance. 

This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment, which brings nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to KCAI and Kansas City for an annual talk and to engage with students and faculty.  

Sharon and John Hoffman have supported KCAI for almost fifty years and have both served on the KCAI Board of Trustees. They are major collectors of contemporary art, and own works from numerous KCAI alumni including sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave. The Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment is another way for them to show their deep commitment to nurturing and supporting the careers of artists.

The Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture accompanies the Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know, an exhibition on display through March 21 at H&R Block Artspace. Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know is organized by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia with support from 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 Weisman. Additional support is provided by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Margaret Silva, Missouri Arts Council, Weavers Guild of Greater Kansas City, Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment at KCAI, and Boulevard Brewing Company.

Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and seating in the Artspace Studio is limited. Overflow seating will be available in the gallery.

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


March 5, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


H&R Block Artspace
16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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