Lecture: Corita Kent and the Language of Pop

December 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Corita Kent, Our Father, 1964
Corita Kent (American, 1918‑1986), “our father”, 1964, color screenprint on Pellon, edition of 50, CAC 64‑13, sheet: 29 11/16 in x 36 in, The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection


During the 1960s, the artist-nun Corita Kent was well known, even appearing on the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1967. Her progressive religious ideas inspired those around her, and her many Pop art prints were likened to those of such contemporaries as Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana. Yet although Kent participated in two heady 1960s cultural revolutions—Pop art and Vatican II—she was an outlier in both movements, seemingly because of her association with the other. Susan Dackerman will explore how the artist-nun used the strategies of Pop art to promote the revitalization of Christian ideals in America.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Corita Kent: Spiritual Pop.

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