hailing from rural iowa, corita kent [1918-1986] was very much one of kind. first and foremost a catholic nun, but also an artist, educator, community leader, pop pioneer, and last but not least, a political activist. kent's artistic endeavours during the 1960s overlapped with her forward political views and outspoken opinion, this free-spirited attitude eventually put her on a collision course with the catholic church. kent's anti-war art - almost exclusively captured by silkscreens - may have been considered too progressive, it embodied the basic biblical teachings of peace towards all and love thy neighbour. currently on at galerie allen in paris is a second exhibition dedicated to kent's work from the late 1960s and early 1970s.
entitled resurrection of the spirit, it presents a collection of emblematic works that capture her powerful message of peace, tolerance and equality, and all have been rarely put on display this side of the atlantic. the exhibition also includes texts borrowed from some of the most influential thinkers of that era, many of whom were her friends or colleagues, as well as two intriguing works that aligned the artist with political candidatesdaniel ellsberg and edmund gerald 'jerry' brown jr. lastly, there's a screening of a recently digitised and re-mastered film, mary’s day 1965 of kent’s procession in the los angeles community by baylis glascock [on through jan 30]. location: galerie allen, 59 rue de dunkerque [gare du nord].
© galerie allen / corita kent - there is really only one man  + baylis glascock - mary's day 1965 - video still