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Cranbrook Art Museum Debuts Sonya Clark's Mid-Career Survey "We Are Each Other" This Summer

February 15th, 2023

Sonya Clark, “Hair Craft Project Hairstyles,” 2014. Eleven color photographs. 28 in x 28 in. From left to right, top: Anta Hill-Moses, Chaunda King, Dionne James Eggleston; bottom: Ife Robinson, Ingrid Riley, Jameika Pollard; opposite, left to right, top: Jamilah Williams, Kamala Bhagat, Marsha Johnson; bottom: Nasirah Muhammad, Natasha Superville. Courtesy of the artist.

This summer, Cranbrook Art Museum will debut the new mid-career survey of pioneering fiber artist, Sonya Clark (MFA Fiber 1995) that will bring together her large-scale community-centered and participatory projects for the first time.

Sonya Clark’s work addresses race and Black experience, and the collaboration is rooted in both audience and context as all three cities have substantial populations of residents with a lineage to the African diaspora, and each institution has a dedicated mission to contemporary art and craft traditions.

About the exhibition, Sonya Clark says, “I am a collaboration, as is each artwork. A collaboration, a generational connection, a tie between us. From the ancestral substance that makes up my bones and blood to the engagement with community, all of it functions as a means to do the necessary work.”

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on June 17, 2023, and will run through September 24, 2023. The exhibition is a three-institution partnership between Cranbrook Art Museum in metro Detroit, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. It will travel to the High Museum of Art (October 27, 2023– February 18, 2024) and the Museum of Arts and Design (March 23, 2024–Sept. 22, 2024) after it leaves Cranbrook.

Learn More:

Cranbrook Art Museum Announces It Will Premiere New Exhibition Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other This Summer – Press Release

Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other – Cranbrook Art Museum

Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art