Corita Kent was a fine art printmaker and educator. In her teaching and her art, Corita Kent emphasized the importance of words. Individual letters were used as sources for shape and form, and graphically rearranged to make a visual impact. The content of the words was of equal importance. She drew inspiration from poetry, literature and philosophical texts.
Corita Kent, American 1918 - 1986 Yellow Submarine, 1967 Photograph by Arthur Evans, Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA.
Corita Kent, American 1918 - 1986 Someday is Now, 1964 Photograph by Arthur Evans, Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA.
Corita Kent, American 1918 - 1986 New Hope, 1966 Photograph by Arthur Evans, Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
American artist and educator Corita Kent (1918-1986) used art as a tool for communicating messages of faith, activism, and social responsibility. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Corita taught in the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles from 1947 through 1968. There, she developed a signature style of printmaking that combined the bold and graphic visual strategies of Pop Art with calls for social justice and understanding. Corita sought "revelation in the everyday," and in her vibrant images sampled text from street signs, poetry, philosophy, advertising slogans, scripture, and song lyrics. This group of provocative prints from the 1960s, a period when Corita's work became increasingly political, poses broad philosophical questions about the most pressing issues of the day—civil rights, racism, poverty, war, and injustice. However, the work is infused with joy and hope for the future.
This exhibition was organized in response to Marquette University's 2016-17 Forum: Freedom Dreams Now, a year-long series of inclusive conversations that look with new eyes at the challenges that inequality presents at the national level and within Milwaukee.
WE CAN MAKE IT : The Prints of Corita Kent
February 2, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Haggerty Museum of Art
Marquette University Milwaukee, WI