MOCFA's "E is for Everyone"
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.
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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. 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.
The exhibition runs from February 4th to June 5th at the MOCFA.
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