It's week 3 of Corita Kent and here's my research from each day:
Corita and Sister Magdalen Mary, her mentor and head of the art department at IHC, traveled the US and abroad in the 1950's and early 60's. They acquired pieces for the Gloria Collection of folk art and gave lectures at universities and other institutions. Photo of the two in Egypt, 1959.
In 1964, Sister Mag went to England to study and collect art and Corita was promoted to head of the IHC Art Department. Sister Mag and Corita had taught together and traveled the world together. Sister Mag was a huge influence on Corita; she supported and promoted her and often advised her on all kinds of issues including aesthetic ones. Over time Sister Mag felt Corita didn't get give her due respect and Corita felt micromanaged by Sister Mag and enormous pressure.
This list came from a project for a class that Corita taught in 1967-1968. It then became the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent. Lettered by David Mekelburg. You can buy a poster of the rules here.
Here's a look at how Corita's style evolved in those early years after learning to screenprint: In the early 1950's her work was painterly, figural, and incorporated scripture.
In the mid/late 1950's she began to add words and slowly the pieces became more graphic and less painterly.
In the 1960's she began to incorporate package designs, worked bigger and with more intense colors.
In the late 1960's she turned her attention to racism, poverty, and Vietnam.
Corita was an avid photographer. She shot thousands of slides documenting her travels, student work, teaching references, Mary's Day and other events.
Just like the viewfinder on a camera, Corita taught her students to use a "finder" --a tool that "helps take things out of context, allows us to see for the sake of seeing, and enhances our quick looking and decision making skills." A finder allows for viewing "life without being distracted by content. You can make visual decisions - in fact, they are made for you." Quotes come from Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirt by Corita Kent and Jan Steward.
I ran across this quote in Corita Kent: Art and Soul the biography and it just seemed so timely.