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Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent

January 27, 2017 - April 3, 2017



 Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent

January 27, 2017 to April 3, 2017

Wednesday – Saturday
12PM – 4PM
$6 (Suggested Donation)



Appropriating the art of advertising, Corita Kent slogans are meant to inspire and invigorate against the onslaught of mass communication. Kent’s 20th Century artworks still possess the universal appeal of hope during challenging times. Focusing on three main areas of Kent’s artistic production, her political posters, her commercially successful “Love” prints, and her spiritual message of rejoicing in the everyday, the exhibition will represent her core message of using art as a healing salve and as an agent for social activism.

One of America’s icons, Sister Mary Corita became known as the rebel nun in the tumultuous 1960s. Kent was recognized for her inventive use of graphic type and vibrant color in communicating messages. Like Pop giant Andy Warhol, she borrowed from advertising, bill posters and pop culture to make her works, and quoted everything from the Bible to Thoreau, Jefferson Airplane, Philip Roth and Gertrude Stein.

In Corita’s serigraphs, you see an adventurous and non-conformist spirit that twists, flips, and stretches our presuppositions about the world around us. Her imagination and her belief in the power of words and images to transmute the everyday into something special is remarkable. Particularly moving is her pop art approach to social activism. With her rallying cries for peace, tributes to civil rights activists, and her overwhelming belief in hope and love – her works are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.



January 27, 2017
April 3, 2017
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California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 United States
(805) 405-5240