Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is the first full-scale exhibition to survey the entire career of pioneering artist and designer Corita Kent (1918–1986). For over three decades, Corita experimented in printmaking, producing a groundbreaking body of work that combines faith, activism, and teaching with messages of acceptance and hope. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Corita taught in the art department at Immaculate Heart College (IHC) in Los Angeles from 1947 through 1968. At IHC, she developed her vibrant, Pop-inspired prints from the 1960s, mining a variety of secular and religious sources and using the populist printmaking medium to pose philosophical questions about racism, war, poverty, and religion. Her work was widely recognized for its revolutionary impact and remains an iconic symbol of that period in American history. As a teacher, Corita inspired her students to discover new ways of experiencing the world by seeking out revelation in everyday events. Bringing together artwork from Corita’s entire career, this exhibition reveals the impassioned energy of this artist, educator, and activist.

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is curated by Ian Berry, Dayton Director of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, and Michael Duncan, independent curator, in collaboration with the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Friends of the Tang. Additional support is provided by the PMCA Board of Directors and PMCA Ambassador Circle. Exhibition-related programming is supported in part by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, and Brooke Abercrombie and Christopher Wilson. This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

Listen below for a full audio recording of In Dialogue: Power Up! The Social and Political Activism of Corita Kent (June 14, 2015):