E is for Everyone: Celebrating Sister Corita.
To mark the 25th anniversary of Sister Corita’s life and influence (1918-1986), the Museum of Craft and Folk Art has organized an exhibition showcasing the many dimensions of Corita’s artistic practice as an iconoclastic artist, teacher and activist who was known to challenge stereotypes. Corita Kent, also known as Sister Mary Corita, revolutionized graphic design and created an art education system in which the classroom and its multiple surroundings became potent tools for learning and making.

West Coast Pop-Art predating Punk and computer graphics, Corita’s work is regarded today as inherently contemporary, bridging the divide between public service and self-expression, social practice and studio practice, craft and design. Not only do many established contemporary artists express direct evidence of Corita’s influence, but a new generation of makers are embracing Corita as a radical innovator for a wide range of socially-engaged creative practices, which help to expand our traditional definitions of craft and folk art.

Sister Corita was known for delighting in the “commonplace” and for creating serigraphs for wide distribution; gleaning from urban advertising, pop culture, song lyrics and literary writings. This exhibition features seminal works from the 1960s and highlights her important personal and professional relationship with Charles and Ray Eames through selected films and documentation. As a charismatic teacher at the renowned Immaculate Heart College Art Department in Hollywood, which attracted poets, inventors, filmmakers, designers and cultural luminaries such as Buckminster Fuller and John Cage in the 1960s, Corita would identify Charles Eames as her “real teacher.”

Corita’s pedagogy and “Look and Make” ethos are further explored in a unique collaboration with Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland entitled “CreateRelate,” a commissioned workshop with Creative Growth artists to produce a limited edition of painted Art Boxes—a common activity in the culture of Corita’s classroom (click here for more info on “CreateRelate”). This collective artistic output, which uses Corita’s original serigraph silkscreens, as well as her creative and educative methods, underscores the relevance of Sister Corita’s design and teachings, and illustrates her enduring legacy.

— Curator, Natasha Boas -- Museum of Folk and Craft Art.

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