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Tang Museum to host "Corita Art Day"

March 14, 2013

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College will present “Corita Art Day” on Thursday, March 21, to celebrate the work of pioneering artist, activist, and educator Corita Kent, whose work is currently on view in the Tang exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent.

The event is part of the Tang’s Alfred Z. Solomon Residency series, which brings important artists, critics, and scholars to the museum to teach and engage in discussion with the campus and community.

Corita Kent leading Mary's Day gathering
Corita Kent leading a Mary's Day gathering

The day will include a guided tour, a panel discussion, and a series of art-making activities with live music, films, and more.

For over three decades, Corita, as she is commonly known, experimented in printmaking, producing a prodigious and groundbreaking body of work that combines faith, activism, and teaching with messages of acceptance and hope. While a sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she taught art at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, where from 1947 to 1968 she fostered an arts community that championed everyday imagery and printmaking's potential as a populist medium.

The Tang’s “Corita Art Day” will feature a group of experts on Corita's art and life, including UCLA Hammer Museum Deputy Director Cynthia Burlingham, Corita Art Center Director Sasha Carrera, Los Angeles-based independent curator and critic Michael Duncan, and Tang Dayton Director Ian Berry. The group will offer a guided tour and discussion at noon and a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. The evening will offer Corita-inspired art-making activities including silk-screen printing, with live music, films, and more from 7 to 10 p.m.

A follow-up question-and-answer session with the Corita panelists will take place the next day, Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. All activities are open to the public free of charge.

“This is a wonderful time to celebrate and appreciate Corita Kent, and her optimistic belief in the power of art and teaching,” said Berry, who co-curated the exhibition with Duncan.

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent runs through July 28. The show is the first full-scale survey of more than 30 years of work by the legendary art teacher and civil rights and anti-war activist.

For more information visit the Tang web site here.

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