Corita Kent was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice who worked primarily in serigraphy. Born Frances Elizabeth Kent in Iowa, Corita was raised mainly in Los Angeles. She entered the religious order, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Hollywood at age 18. Corita began printmaking in the 50’s, creating an extensive body of work while also teaching art at the Immaculate Heart College. Her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism and injustice. Marked by a vibrant color palette, images culled from ad campaigns, song lyrics and bible verse, Corita’s work walks a delicate line between fine and commercial work.
Throughout her life, she accepted commissions large and small and created the famous “Love” stamp for the US Postal Service in 1985.
Corita Kent (b. 1918, d. 1986) work was recently exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the largest retrospective of her work to date. The exhibition toured to other museums across the US including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently Corita’s work is featured in solo and group shows at the Harvard Art Museums, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Vejle Art Museum in Denmark, and Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand.
The Corita Art Center is a gallery and archive dedicated to preserving and promoting the work and spirit of Corita Kent. It is a project of the Immaculate Heart Community; Corita’s work reflects the IHC’s commitment to dignity and justice for all.
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