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Corita Kent, Mary Doria Russell and The Book of Duels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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The Museum of Contetmporary Art, or MOCA Cleveland, unveiled it's exhibit on artist and activist Corita Kent's work, which was recently found in a Cleveland church. Later, we hear from Mary Doria Russell on what makes her book about the Old West different from what you already know and Baldwin Wallace Professor Michael Garriga discusses his novel, The Book of Duels.

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Corita Kent, for emergency use soft shoulder, 1966, serigraph,  Corita Kent, mary does laugh, 1964, serigraph Installation view, Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

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Sharah Rehm, of MOCA Cleveland, shares the interesting facts of artist Corita Kent‘s life. The museum opened it’s exhibit Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent and Hans Op de Beeck: Staging Silence for the summer, featuring more than 200 works of art.

Novelist Mary Doria Russell joined Dan Polletta to talk about her book Doc, which is her novel about the Old West in a way that you’ve never heard before. She will speak at the Chagrin Arts’ Chautauqua-in-Chagrin event on Tuesday, July 22.

Author Michael Garriga, who also teaches writing at Baldwin Wallace University, joins us in studio to talk about his new book, The Book of Duels.

Sr. Corita Kent was an activist nun and artist of the 1960s - 80s. Her striking visual style which blended religious texts, literary references, music lyrics, and appropriated advertising slogans for social causes was very influential in the pop art movement. One of her largest works was the 40-foot "Beatitudes Banner", created for the Vatican Pavilion of the 1964 New York World's Fair. Acquired by the United Church of Christ after the Fair was over, the banner was put into storage and was largely out of the public eye for the better part of a half century. This historic piece was recently taken out of the UCC archives and will be on display at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) as part of a career retrospective of Sr. Corita's work. Here, we see the banner being unfurled and restored at MOCA Cleveland.


Arts and Culture, Literature, Painting


Rose Bouthillier , MOCA Cleveland

Mary Doria Russell, author

Michael Garriga, Baldwin Wallace University, author

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Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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