"Stop the Bombing"
"Handle with Care"
"Somebody had to break the rules"
"The clue is in the signs"
These are just a few titles
of Sister Corita's printed posters.
Sister Corita designed hundreds of vibrant posters
that reflected American culture in the 1960s.
|Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita, by Julie Ault, 2006|
Her silkscreened posters captured the social,
political, and cultural milieux of the 1960s.
Sister Corita incorporated headline news,
stories, and advertisements into her art.
I saw an exhibition of Sister Corita's art
in Washington, DC at
and I felt I was back in the 1960s
protesting for peace and justice.
Her work was powerful and beautiful.
Sister Corita wrote:
If we separate ourselves from the great arts of our time,
we cannot be leaven enriching our society from within.
We may well be peripheral to our society - unaware of its pains
and joys, unable to communicate with it, to benefit from it
or to help it. We will be refusing to care about the fight to
free man that James Baldwin speaks of: "The war
of an artist with his society is a lover's war. And he
does at his best, what lovers do, which is
to reveal the beloved to himself, and with that
revelation, make freedom real."
"Art and beauty in the life of the sister," p. 15