Corita Kent, handle with care, 1967. Screenprint. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2012.186. © Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.
On Friday November 20, 2015, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed November 20 as “Corita Kent Day” in the City of Boston. Corita Kent, the artist, Catholic nun, teacher and social and political activist inspired by Andy Warhol is the subject of two exhibitions at Harvard University—Corita Kent and the Language of Pop at the Harvard Art Museums and Corita Kent: Footnotes and Headlines at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
The proclamation by Marty Walsh comes on what would have been Corita Kent’s 97th birthday. Corita lived in Boston from 1968 until her death in 1986.
If you have ever seen the National Grid Gas Tank in Dorchester, you’ve seen a work by Corita Kent and may not have known it. If you haven’t seen the exhibits, Corita Kent and the Language of Pop features more than 60 of Kent’s screenprints exhibited alongside the works of many of her contemporaries, including Jim Dine, Marisol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Robert Indiana and others. The exhibit closes on January 03, 2016, so make sure you dress in your most colorful garments and celebrate the work of Corita Kent, the Museum may just even tweet at you.