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October Special at Corita Art Center

You wouldn't know it in Southern California, but in other parts of the country the temperatures and the leaves have begun to fall. October brings with it images of that last, brilliant flash of color before the bleaker days ahead – one glorious moment in the perpetual seasonal procession.

While Corita used the metaphor of seasons frequently in her later works, the idea of process was instilled early in her career. The Immaculate Heart College Art Department under Sister Magdalen Mary focused above all on the process of making. Paintings were called "investigations into non-utilitarian areas," emphasizing exploration and discovery, rather than outcome. Good friend of the Immaculate Heart Art Department Charles Eames stressed curiosity and problem solving as two essential components for making – another way of stressing process over product.

In her own practice, Corita remained faithful to her early training, allowing works to emerge from a series of exercises as in her hundreds of watercolor paintings, some of which might be turned into silkscreen prints. One such example desire for the fruits of work she dedicated to her friend Charles Eames.


Taking text from the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita, desire for the fruits of work expresses Corita's focus on process in both form and content.

Desire for the fruits of our work must never be the motive in working.
The fruits of work must never be our motive in working.

As any student of hers will attest, Corita immersed her classes in assignments, the end points of which no one seemed to know until they arrived there. When students say that more than teaching them to make art, Corita taught them how to live, I can't help but think this might be what they mean – careful attention to each moment, allowing it to unfold. For in life, the end is certain, the mystery lies in what comes between now and then.

Whether in work, life, art or seasonal change, we offer you desire for the fruits of the work this month as a reminder to stay present in the doing, curious in the unfolding and open to the results.

desire for the fruits of the work, 1979 • Cat. 79-07, edition 100, meas. 20" x 20" • $200 (reg. $300)

Events and Exhibitions

Sept. 27, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
Baker Art Museum, Artis-Naples FL

Oct. 28 7pm
An evening with Sister Carol Perry, author of Waiting for our Souls to Catch Up
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Jan. 2 – Feb. 6, 2015
Hope Has Me
DePree Gallery, Hope College, Holland, M

Jan. 17th 10am – 2pm
MLK Day Celebration and Mary's Day style procession
In partnership with PMCA, All Saints Church and Day One we will create procession banners with a world health focus and parade through Pasadena, followed by food trucks and picnicking on the lawn.
All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA

Jan 31 – April 18, 2015
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

April 25 1pm
Earth Day "Happening" and Art-making
Corita Art Center

June 14 – Oct. 11
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

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