Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sister Corita Kent: the nun graphic designer who created “radical” protest art

By Sarah Dawood
Corita Kent, courtesy of Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft
DITCHLING, UK--Very few graphic designers are also practising nuns. Even fewer are controversial nuns, who have broken away from religious obedience to protest about war, civil rights and racism. However, late American designer Corita Kent fits this profile, and a new exhibition – Corita Kent: Get With The Action – at the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft paints a picture of the unique artist’s life, her internal religious and political conflicts and her acts of protest. The exhibition spans 20 years of Kent’s work, from 1952-1972, and features 40 pieces, created using mediums like silk-screen printing, collage and cut-and-paste, and incorporating popular culture at the time, such as lines from beat poetry and advertising slogans. [More]
That They May Have Life, by Corita Kent (1964), courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angles, California