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Sister Corita Kent

The library is honored to display two signed serigraphs by Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986), whose centennial falls on November 20 this year. Sister Corita, whose work merged sacred and secular themes, has been noted by the New York Times as "a cult icon of sorts, whose life and work suggest a kind of alternate history of Pop Art." 

Sister Corita's work with serigraphy (screen printing) began in 1952, and later became associated with social justice issues related to Civil Rights and the Vietnam War. For example, the 1966 serigraph New Hope (pictured above, and hanging in our own Adams Room) has been regarded as a message of support for Mildred and Richard Loving, the inter-racial couple who were sentenced to a year in prison for defying Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute. Art historian Susan Dackerman believes this serigraph "stands at the crossroads of protest and sacred art. In this work, on account of the exemplary nature of their struggle and the evocative power of their surname, Mildred and Richard Loving come to represent all those who act out of love, whether profane or divine."

Sister Corita was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on November 20, 1918. After attending Catholic Girls High School in Los Angeles, she joined The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary where she served over 30 years. Our two prints by Sister Corita were acquired by Sister Monica Laughlin (1922-2014), former chair of the CSS Music Department, who lived with the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary when she was a graduate student at the University of Southern California during the late 1960s. It's likely that Sister Monica would have known Sister Corita since their time in this community was concurrent. The serigraphs which Sister Monica brought back to Duluth were kept in her work room in the CSS Music Library before being passed on to us earlier this year by Dr. LeAnn House, Sister Monica's colleague and successor as chair of the CSS Music Department.


"It is a huge danger to pretend awful things do not happen. But you need enough hope to keep on going. I am trying to make hope. And you have to grab it where you can."--Sister Corita

Corita Kent, new hope, 1966, image courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.


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Ethnicity and Family Therapy, 2005 ed.

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