Corita Kent oral history transcript

1977 transcription of an oral interview (part of UCLA’s oral history project) with Sister Mary Corita Kent, a well-known serigraph artist and teacher at the innovative Immaculate Heart College art department of the 1960s and 70s. Corita and IHC were known for being unorthodox and politically engaged; Corita created anti-war posters, designed material for the Berrigan brothers and McGovern’s presidential campaign, and was a dedicated teacher: awakening her students to political activism and introducing them to artistic and intellectual thinkers of the time through readings, lectures, gallery visits, and commissioned art projects.

This interview takes place after Corita, under increasing pressure from the conservative archdiocese of Los Angeles to conform her ways and simultaneously seeking more time for her own art, moved to Boston.