Sister Corita’s Summer of Love, 23July-6Nov, Wellington

Sister Corita’s Summer of Love is an exhibition of the prints of Sister Corita Kent (1918 - 1986),
who was an unsung figure in pop art.
It will be exhibited at City Gallery Wellington, from 23 July to 6 November.

Sister Corita was a Roman Catholic nun who she lived, studied,
and taught at the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Los Angeles from 1936-1968;
heading their art department from 1964-1968. 
In the 1960s, she became widely known for her distinctive screenprints, 
with their graphic treatments of words, in bold, often fluoro, colours. 
A magpie, Corita drew on the language of advertising and packaging, signs and slogans, 
poetry and lyrics, to develop her own messages of joy, faith, love, and protest.

Corita’s approach was informed by Vatican II, 
a movement to make the Catholic Church relevant to contemporary society. 
Through it, the Church advocated changes to traditional liturgy,
this adoption of common English underpinned Corita’s playful use of colloquial language.

In addition to her screenprints, the show includes documentary films
that offer a rich context for Corita’s work.

 In Wellington, Sister Corita’s Summer of Love will be supplemented with works by
McCahon, Ruscha, Michael Parekowhai, Jim Speers, Scott Redford, and Michael Stevenson,
plus a presentation of recent videos featuring kinetic-typography.
A book will be published, in association with Wellington’s Awa Press.
Thanks to Sister Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles.

Click here to see City Gallery's website for more information.
I know I'm telling you about this fairly early, but I'm super-keen to see this show,
so will be booking some flights to Wellington asap!!!