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. 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.