5PM THURSDAY, JULY 2
shares from her important new biography
CORITA KENT. ART AND SOUL. THE BIOGRAPHY
On the cover of Newsweek in 1967, Sister Mary Corita became known as the rebel nun, and though she has remained the prototype for every outspoken nun since, Corita herself was never outspoken. A rebel, yes, but never outspoken. It was her artwork that spoke volumes. Her message was clear. Love. Peace. Joy. Godliness. What would Jesus do, she asked, long before the words became a politicized cliche.
As early as 1952, she and her art were recognized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as best in show for printmaking. Her work evolved to represent a subversive homage to mass media, giving new meaning to the slogans and marketing manipulations of consumer culture. With a unique calligraphic style and a playful spirit, Corita’s constructions or deconstructions of word and image shook up an art establishment that didn’t quite know what to do with a nun’s bold interpretation of her society.
Before her death in 1986, Corita Kent bequeathed her complete collection of prints to what is now UCLA’s Hammer Museum. Her internationally revered work will be showcased in Los Angeles in June 2015, when Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent—a full-scale survey of work by the innovative artist, activist and teacher—opens at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
April Dammann is a Hollywood native with an established career writing for television, film, and theater. She graduated from UCLA Phi Beta Kappa, earned a master’s degree in French literature at the University of Rochester and the Sorbonne in Paris, and is a member of the Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA. Her first book, Exhibitionist: Earl Stendahl, Art Dealer as Impresario, is the biography of Los Angeles’s legendary gallerist who changed the course of art collecting, not just in Southern California, but throughout the world. She and her husband Ron Dammann live in the Hollywood Hills and Gualala, CA.