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March 21, 2011

The Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, in honor of the 25th anniversary of Sister Corita Kent—a west coast Pop artist, teacher, and, yes, one-time Catholic nun—has organized a major exhibition showcasing her work. Corita left the church in 1969 after being labeled “a guerilla with a paintbrush," and died in 1986 from cancer. "E is for Everyone: Celebrating Sister Corita" shows the many dimensions of the artist who revolutionized graphic design and created an art education system in which the classroom became a lab for learning and making. To put that philosophy in action, the museum has organized a slew of special hands-on events over the course of the exhibition's run (through June 5), including a silk-screening 'Craft Bar' open to the public on May 5, and family-friendly art-making sessions on April 9 and May 14. Here's a peek at some highlights of the show. All photos by Tomo Saito.

A peek into the museum from the street.
A peek into the museum from the street.
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Here's a view of the gallery, with Corita's iconic 1965 "Power Up" piece in the background.
Here's a view of the gallery, with Corita's iconic 1965 "Power Up" piece in the background.
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A closer look at "Power Up."
A closer look at "Power Up."
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The show features seminal works from the 1960s and highlights Corita's close personal and professional relationship with Charles and Ray Eames through selected films and documentation.
The show features seminal works from the 1960s and highlights Corita's close personal and professional relationship with Charles and Ray Eames through selected films and documentation.
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The show's opening reception included a hands-on letterpress demonstration.
The show's opening reception included a hands-on letterpress demonstration.
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The all-ages crowd on opening night.
The all-ages crowd on opening night.
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Corita’s pedagogy and 'Look and Make' ethos are evident in these painted “CreateRelate” boxes. These were created in a commissioned workshop with Creative Growth Art Center, who asked their artists (adults with developmental, mental and physical disabilit
Corita’s pedagogy and 'Look and Make' ethos are evident in these painted “CreateRelate” boxes. These were created in a commissioned workshop with Creative Growth Art Center, who asked their artists (adults with developmental, mental and physical disabilities) to produce a limited edition of painted Art Boxes.
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An "education table" in the gallery is designed to stoke visitors' creativity.
An "education table" in the gallery is designed to stoke visitors' creativity.
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Another view of the galleries.
Another view of the galleries.
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The Museum of Craft and Folk Art commissioned artist Jenifer K. Wofford to repaint the rules that Corita laid out for her art students at Immaculate Heart College. It's good advice: "Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while"; "Consider
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art commissioned artist Jenifer K. Wofford to repaint the rules that Corita laid out for her art students at Immaculate Heart College. It's good advice: "Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while"; "Consider everything an experiment"; "Don't try to create and analyze at the same time. They're different processes."

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A peek into the museum from the street.
A peek into the museum from the street.

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