Spike Island

ScreeningCorita Kent Short Films


Thursday 16 August 2012, 6–8pm


Booking advised

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Join us for an evening of short films about and inspired by the work of Corita Kent.

Become A Microscope: 90 Statements on Sister Corita is a documentary shot on the campus of Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles. The film serves as a living, breathing document of the inspiration Kent spread to so many people throughout her life and, as the title suggests, the importance of looking at the world “small pieces at a time”. There are actually two films going on at once in Become a Microscope: the first is a traditional narrative that tells Kent’s story and the second is more abstract, dividing her life into 90 statements, each illustrated by a number.

Directed by Aaron Rose, 22 minutes, 2009
Producers: Jon Barlow. Graphics: Keith Scharwath. Animation Coordinator: Alexander Dervin. Editor: Lenny Mesina. Music by Money Mark and Becky Stark.

Parade is a short stop frame animation by designers Charles and Ray Eames, friends and admirers of Corita Kent, in which robots, floating bulls' heads and toy soldiers march down the boulevard to music composed by John Philip Sousa. This film is thought to have been an influence on Immaculate Heart College's Mary's Day Parade in 1964.

Directed by Charles and Ray Eames, 5 minutes, 1952

Ten Rules for Students and Teachers: On Teaching and Celebration brings together two short films made during Kent's time at Immaculate Heart College: We Have No Art documents Kent's teaching practice, including a visit to a car wash by her drawing students, while Mary's Day 1964 records an experiment in making a traditional celebration contemporary with Pop Art.

Directed by Baylis Glascock; We Have No Art, 26 minutes, 1967; Mary's Day 1964, 12 minutes

Corita Kent

Corita Kent (1918-1986) became internationally recognised for her brightly coloured silkscreen prints during the 1960s and 1970s. Admired by Charles and Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller, John Cage and Saul Bass, Kent was one of the most innovative and unusual pop artists of the 1960s whilst living and practising as a Catholic nun in California.

As a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968 when she left the Order and moved to Boston to pursue her art. Over the next 18 years Corita produced over 400 prints and made many commissioned works such as book covers and textbook illustrations. She also remained socially engaged, designing posters and billboards for Share, The International Walk for Hunger, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Amnesty International.

Corita Art Center website