Corita Kent and the Language of Pop

February 13 – May 8, 2016


Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), America, 1918 - 1986
The Juiciest Tomato of All, 1964
Screen Print, 75.6 x 91.4 cm (29 x 36 in.), frame: 84.1 x 104.5 x 3.2 cm (33 x 41 x 1 in.)
Collection of Jason Simon, New York
TL41302. ©2015 Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.
Image courtesy Harvard Art Museums


Cowden Gallery

Artist. Educator. Roman-Catholic Nun. Corita Kent’s (American, 1918–1986) groundbreaking work as a pop artist combined faith, activism, and teaching with messages of acceptance and hope. "I am not brave enough to not pay my income tax and risk going to jail. But I can say rather freely what I want to say with my art," said Kent of her cry for peace during the Vietnam Era.

While Kent's work was exhibited frequently and acclaimed, it did not receive the attention awarded her contemporaries. Kent was overlooked because women were often discounted as pop artists and because she lived and worked as a nun. In this exhibition, her art finally receives the attention it deserves: more than 60 of Kent's prints will be on view alongside works by her prominent contemporaries including Robert Indiana, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Organized by the Harvard Art Museums, the exhibition frames Kent's work—screenprints, films, installations, Happenings, and her 1971 mural painted on the Boston Gas tank—within the pop art movement while considering other prevailing artistic, social, and religious movements of the time.

The exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and major corporate support from National Grid.

In San Antonio this exhibition is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Charitable Trust, the Daniel J. Sullivan Family Charitable Foundation, and Mrs. Rosario Laird.