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Director of Public Programming
Sister Corita Kent’s Politically Driven Exhibition Coming to Loyola Show
Set to Open on Friday, November 20
CHICAGO, November 3, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) is pleased to present the long-awaited exhibition, Sister Corita: The Joyous Revolutionary, at the University’s Crown Center Gallery on the Lake Shore Campus. Focusing on Sister Corita Kent’s politically-charged serigraphs (silkscreen prints) from the 1950s to 1980s, this exhibition shows how the artist elicited an intense emotional response as a catalyst to direct social action. The exhibition’s opening will be celebrated with a public reception on November 20, 2009, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the Crown Center Gallery.
A Catholic nun for more than 30 years, Sister Corita viewed the culture of her times through a lens of spirituality. Her recognition of the miraculous in the ordinary and the holiness of everyday life fueled her humanist-inspired serigraphs, and as agents of change, Sister Corita’s works review popular culture, daily life, social movements, and political events in ways that seek to deepen viewers’ understanding of issues and propel them to take action.
“Sister Corita devoted her life to creating artwork aimed at effecting social and political change. She is an extraordinary example of the University’s mission to serve humanity through learning, justice, and faith,” says Nicole Ferentz, director of fine arts at Loyola.
Organized by the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles, California, and led by curator Alexandra ‘Sasha’ Carerra, Sister Corita: The Joyous Revolutionary features more than 45 original serigraphs plus supporting images. The exhibition explores Sister Corita’s work both chronologically and thematically, showing audiences how her prints corresponded with issues in the national spotlight.
The exhibition will be on display from Friday, November 20, 2009, through Monday, January 4, 2010. Hours for the Crown Center Gallery are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information, or to request regular updates, send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the DFPA’s blog at blogs.luc.edu/artsalive.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, and provides students with a quality arts education. This alignment of creative energies, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration, combined with the renovation of two buildings on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola University Chicago.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.