Corita Kent

United States

Nun, artist, and political activist Corita Kent is one of history’s unsung and under-appreciated pioneers of Pop art printmaking. Throughout the 1960s, she caused a stir in the Los Angeles art scene with colorful screen-printed posters that addressed themes of war, poverty, and racism through bold graphics and text. Often, she pulled in images and phrases from ads, street signs, song lyrics, and the Bible. WePresent spoke to Cynthia Burlingham, director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts which now houses Corita’s archives, about the artist’s life and legacy.