Celebrate People's History: Sister Corita Kent

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.96
Related artists
Shannon Gerard
Mary Tremonte
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
May 2017
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
This poster is blue, pink, and white of the text "Power Up" and a Nun making a print at the left of the image. On the U there is text that reads: “Corita Kent was a radical educator, silkscreen printing pop artist, and activist agitator whose pedagogical and political exuberance extended to civil rights, war resistance, feminist critique, and a joyful participatory body politic.” On the P, there is text that reads, "Her impact on her students is far-reaching & her work continues to motivate new generations of socially-engaged makers & doers.” There is a pink circle on the left side of the image with text that reads: "She was the head of the art department at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, and drew free thinkers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller, and John Cage to visit her school.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.