Corita Kent, Mary Doria Russell and 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.
Rose Bouthillier , MOCA Cleveland
Mary Doria Russell, author
Michael Garriga, Baldwin Wallace University, author