Discover the bold, political print works of Corita Kent: artist, educator and Roman Catholic nun.
A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, Kent lived and worked in Los Angeles during the 1960s. Her vibrant screenprinted banners and posters drew on pop and modern consumer cultures and became increasingly political throughout the decade.
Her bright, bold work confronted issues of poverty, racism and war with an aesthetic more aligned with protest movements of the time than traditional religious imagery. Frequently appearing on the streets surrounding the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, where she taught, Kent’s imagery aimed to capture the public imagination in order to influence social change.
To accompany the exhibition, the museum has invited leading international designer Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan to take over the museum’s Wunderkammer in a surprise visual display. The installation will sit alongside their interactive kinetic installation Sign Machine (2016), which invites visitors to sit on a swing structure that in turn revolves signs and objects adorning its crown.