CULTURE & ARTS

A Community Art Festival Honors MLK Jr., In The Spirit Of Corita Kent

Corita Kent, the ex-nun-turned-artist who rose to fame in the 1960s, used graphic design and poster art to protest the Vietnam War and advocate for Amnesty International. At nearly the same time, Martin Luther King, Jr., as most of the world knows by now, led a monumentally significant movement to fight for civil rights and equality in the United States. Both were inspired by their own theologies, eventually influencing decades of activists with their individual modes of social action.

So it makes sense that the Pasadena Museum of California Art would take the opportunity to celebrate the giants in the same weekend. The art haven is staging the Kent-centric exhibition "Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent" this summer, presenting 30 years worth of the designer's printmaking, posters, banners and pop-inspired advocacy. In anticipation of the show, and in tribute to Martin Luther King Day, the museum is staging a community arts festival aptly named "Get With The Action."

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Sister Mathias (IHC choral director) leading Mary’s Day Parade, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles 1964. Reproduction permission of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.

The festival, including a procession, original art-making and a picnic with food trucks, will take place on Saturday, January 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Saints Church in Pasadena, California. Inspired by Kent's own community arts festivals held in the 1960s -- “Mary’s Days," the procession will begin at All Saints Church and proceed to the public health organization Day One and finally the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

"'Get With the Action: A Community Art Festival' is a tribute to the contributions of both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sister Corita Kent, and their commitment to the Civil Rights Movement, the War On Poverty, and the Peace Movement," the museum wrote in a press release for the event.

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a passion for the possible, 1969, Silkscreen print on paper, 23 1/8 x 12 inches, Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.

Check out more information on the festival over at the PMCA website. For a preview of "Someday is Now," check out the images below, and head over to our past coverage of the great ex-nun here.

  • X give a damn, 1968
Silkscreen print on paper
23 x 23 1/8 inches
Corita Art Center, Los Angeles
Photograph by Arthur Evans, c
    X give a damn, 1968 Silkscreen print on paper 23 x 23 1/8 inches Corita Art Center, Los Angeles Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • E eye love, 1968
Silkscreen print on paper
23 x 23 inches
Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Ange
    E eye love, 1968 Silkscreen print on paper 23 x 23 inches Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.
  • for eleanor, 1964
Serigraph on Pellon
30 x 36 inches
Collection of the Associated Sulpicians of the United States. Courtesy t
    for eleanor, 1964 Serigraph on Pellon 30 x 36 inches Collection of the Associated Sulpicians of the United States. Courtesy the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.
  • Immaculate Heart College Silkscreen Room. Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Los Angeles.
    Immaculate Heart College Silkscreen Room. Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Los Angeles.
  • harness the sun, 1967
Silkscreen print on paper
20 ½ x 23 inches
Corita Art Center, Los Angeles
Photograph by Arthur Evans, c
    harness the sun, 1967 Silkscreen print on paper 20 ½ x 23 inches Corita Art Center, Los Angeles Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • left, 1967
Silkscreen print on paper
29 7/8 x 36 inches
Corita Art Center, Los Angeles
Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy o
    left, 1967 Silkscreen print on paper 29 7/8 x 36 inches Corita Art Center, Los Angeles Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • mary does laugh, 1964
Silkscreen print on paper
29 ¾ x 39 ¼ inches
Private Collection
Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of
    mary does laugh, 1964 Silkscreen print on paper 29 ¾ x 39 ¼ inches Private Collection Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • someday is now, 1964
Silkscreen print on paper
24 x 35 7/8 inches
Private Collection
Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of
    someday is now, 1964 Silkscreen print on paper 24 x 35 7/8 inches Private Collection Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • stop the bombing, 1967
Silkscreen print on paper
15 ½ x 23 1/8 inches
Corita Art Center, Los Angeles
Photograph by Arthur Eva
    stop the bombing, 1967 Silkscreen print on paper 15 ½ x 23 1/8 inches Corita Art Center, Los Angeles Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • the sure one, 1966
Silkscreen print on Pellon
29 3/4 x 36 inches
Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, L
    the sure one, 1966 Silkscreen print on Pellon 29 3/4 x 36 inches Collection: Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles, CA. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.
  • wet and wild, 1967
Silkscreen print on paper
18 1/8 x 23 inches
Corita Art Center, Los Angeles
Photograph by Arthur Evans, co
    wet and wild, 1967 Silkscreen print on paper 18 1/8 x 23 inches Corita Art Center, Los Angeles Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
  • who came out of the water, 1966
Silkscreen print on paper
29 7/8 x 36 1/8 inches
Collection of the Frances Young Tang Teachin
    who came out of the water, 1966 Silkscreen print on paper 29 7/8 x 36 1/8 inches Collection of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Gift of Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad in honor of Katherine L. Pohlad, class of 2013. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College.
  • yobel, 1963
Silkscreen print on paper
30 5/8 x 25 5/8 inches
Corita Art Center, Los Angeles
Photograph by Arthur Evans, court
    yobel, 1963 Silkscreen print on paper 30 5/8 x 25 5/8 inches Corita Art Center, Los Angeles Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College
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