May 29 - July 29, 2014
During the 1960s, a time of great social change and unrest in America, Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986) taught challenging art classes that emphasised the importance of love, creativity and community. She also made hundreds of screen prints to communicate her message as widely as possible. The posters combined simple imagery and text in bold colours, often taken directly from existing graphics, as a way to 'invigorate and inspire all people who have to live with the onslaught of advertising'. Her prints included quotes from diverse sources, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Camus, ee cummings, The Beatles, and The Bible.
After 32 years in a Hollywood convent, Corita left the order and devoted the rest of her life to making art; she held numerous exhibitions, gave lectures and created public artworks in schools, colleges, and elsewhere in America. She is now cited as an influence and inspiration by many contemporary artists, including Andrea Buttner, who exhibited in Gallery 1 earlier this year.
The exhibition will include many examples of Corita's prints and posters that will be distributed in a free raffle at the end of the exhibition. Please enquire in the Gallery for details.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery thanks Sasha Carrera, Director of the Corita Art Center, for her assistance in the preparation of the exhibition. We are also grateful to Jeffrey Hayden and Baylis Glascock, who have kindly given permission for their films on Corita to be screened throughout the show.