Gallery to feature works of 'joyous revolutionary' Sister Corita

Sister Corita Kent's Bread and Toast silkscreen print.SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery will open an exhibit Friday, Sept. 3, of the politically charged silkscreen prints of Sister Corita Kent, who viewed the culture of her times through a lens of spirituality and a Catholicism experiencing great change.

“Sister Corita: The Joyous Revolutionary,” a free exhibit of works called serigraphs, will begin with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s north gallery. There is a companion exhibit in the south gallery, showing the works of artists Yvonne Buchanan and Dorene Quinn. The exhibits continue through Oct. 16.

The late Sister Corita, a Catholic nun for more than 30 years working from the 1950s till her death in 1986, is widely known for designing the popular 1985 “Love” postage stamp. She saw the miraculous in the ordinary and the holiness of everyday life. Her bright, dramatic images often were based on commercial symbols, references to the mass media and the impact of the written word.

Sister Corita’s work recast popular culture, daily life, social movements and political events in ways that sought to deepen viewers’ understanding of issues and propel them to take action.

Organized by the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the exhibit features more than 45 original serigraphs and supporting images.

Gallery hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday during the academic year. For more information, call 312-2113.

In relation to the Sister Corita exhibit, the gallery will show the film “Primary Colors: The Story of Corita” (1991) on Sept. 8. Dr. Lisa Langlois, assistant professor of art history and director of women’s studies, will give a Sister Corita gallery talk Sept. 22. Both events will be open to the public during College Hour, 12:40 to 1:35 p.m.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Sister Corita Kent’s 1965 silkscreen print “Bread and Toast” displays her use of bright, dramatic images, often based on commercial symbols. SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery will exhibit more than 45 of her works Sept. 3 to Oct. 16.

CONTACT: Michael Flanagan, assistant director, Tyler Art Gallery, 312-2112,

(Posted: Aug 17, 2010)