The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) has announced a series of special educational programs in conjunction with its upcoming exhibition entitled “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent.”
Sister Corita Kent was a pioneering artist, designer, and educator who for over thirty years experimented in printmaking, producing a groundbreaking body of work that combines faith, activism, acceptance and hope. Using her teachings as a point of departure, the museum’s selected programs will encourage engagement and will be available to the public for the price of museum admission. A list of the programs follows.
Sunday June 14 – 1 p.m. – In Dialogue: Power Up! The Social and Political Activism of Corita Kent
Exhibition curators Ian Berry and Michael Duncan will lead a panel discussion on the social and political activism of artist Corita Kent and how her legacy lives on in contemporary art and design. Panelists include Sasha Carrera, Creative Consultant for the Corita Art Center, and Joel Garcia, Director of Programs & Operations at Self Help Graphics & Art.
Saturday July 18 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Play Reading: LITTLE HEART — OFF-SITE at All Saints Church
LITTLE HEART, a new play by acclaimed playwright Irene O’ Garden, is based on the life of Corita Kent and explores her ongoing battle with arch-conservative Cardinal McIntyre, as well as her private struggles with fellow sisters, students, and her own spiritual doubt. Starring Amanda Plummer and directed by John Pielmeier. Free event.
The reading will take place in the Forum at All Saints Church—132 N. Euclid Avenue | allsaints-pas.org—followed by a Question and Answer Discussion. Parking will be available at the PMCA and at All Saints. Additionally, the PMCA will offer extended hours until 6:00 p.m. for attendees to visit the exhibition.
Sunday July 19 – 3 p.m. – Curator’s Walkthrough with Michael Duncan
Co-curator Michael Duncan will lead a walkthrough of “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent.”
Saturday July 25 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Children’s Workshop: Bookmaking
Learn about the influence of literature, poetry, and language through the artworks in PMCA’s current exhibitions, and produce a book of your own. All ages.
Sunday August 1 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Family Day
Participate in fun art projects for the whole family based on the museum’s current exhibitions. All ages.
Saturday August 22 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Children’s Workshop: Collect, Connect, Create
Assemble a collage while learning how Corita Kent’s work draws connections between the things she saw and collected. All ages.
Saturday August 29 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Zine Workshop with Yumi Sakugawa
Comic artist and author Yumi Sakugawa leads a “zine” workshop on mindfulness, meditation, and comics. Space is limited. Email RSVP@pmcaonline.org to reserve.
Saturday September 19 – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Children’s Workshop: Making and Using Stamps
Produce a print using different techniques and materials, such as found objects and rubber-eraser stamps. Learn about Corita Kent’s printmaking processes as well as how stamps are used for both work and play around the world. All ages.
Saturday October 3 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – There’s Only Make: Printmaking Workshop with Corita Art Center
Learn about screenprinting by pulling your own Corita-inspired print. This workshop, presented in collaboration with the Corita Art Center, will give visitors the opportunity to use and combine techniques and forms that exist in the artist’s work.
Saturday October 17 – 2 p.m. – Children’s Workshop: Creating a Celebration
In the 1960s, Corita Kent took special care to revitalize Mary’s Day, a community festival that was important to her, by producing useful and beautiful signs, banners, streamers, and crowns. Participants in this workshop will consider the significance of celebrations and create fun, functional objects in honor of celebrations meaningful to them. All ages.
Saturday October 24 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Happiness is a Thing Called Fiestas
Create banners and wearable art with Corrie Siegel, Education Manager at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and participate in a Corita-inspired “Happening.” The celebration will feature a musical performance and a live yarn-bombing installation by artist and “guerrilla knitter” Susie Nicholson.
PMCA is located at 490 East Union Street in Pasadena. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for members and children under 12. Admission is free on the first Friday and third Thursday of each month. Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information visit http://www.pmcaonline.org
Photo: Left: “mary does laugh,” 1964. Silkscreen print on paper. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College. Right: Corita with student at Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, 1955. Courtesy of the Corita Art Center.