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August Special at The Corita Art Center

For many of us, August signals the last hurrah of summer – four short weeks till Labor Day, back to school, new fiscal years, shorter days and the serious work of the darker months. All this looking ahead so easily steals our attention away from those last, glorious, golden drops of summer.  To keep you immersed in that languorous haze, this month we offer you the lake of beauty, a profound meditation on brightness and shadow, present and future, the visible and the invisible.
the lake of beauty • 1972 • Meas. 23” x 23” • edition 200

The Lake of Beauty

Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense, the boundless treasures that it holds in store. All that you have within you, all that your heart desires, all that your Nature so specially fits you for---that or the counterpart of it waits embedded in the great Whole, for you. It will surely come to you.

Yet equally surely, not one moment before its appointed time will it come. All your crying and fever and reaching out of hands will make no difference. Therefore do not begin that game at all. Do not recklessly spill the waters of your mind in this direction and in that, lest you become like a spring lost and dissipated in the desert.

But draw them together into a little compass, and hold them still, so still; And let them become clear, so clear--so limpid, so mirror-like; At last the mountains, and the sky shall fan themselves in peaceful beauty, and the antelope shall descend to drink, and to gaze at his reflected image, and the lion to quench his thirst, and love himself shall come, and bend over, and catch his own likeness in you.

E. Carpenter

Corita made this print in 1972, a year that signaled the end of the era that provided so much cultural fodder for her previous prints.  The Beatles fan club shut down while John and Yoko made headline news. American troops left Vietnam as nuclear testing raced on. By now, Corita had settled in Boston and seemed to pick up the strands of the abstract, color-field serigraphy she’d begun a decade before. The lake of beauty exemplifies this change of direction and reflects Corita’s newfound solitude and calm.

Written in 1882, The Lake of Beauty is part of poet and activist Edward Carpenter’s prose poem Towards Democracy.  In a Note on Towards Democracy, published in The Labour Prophet in 1894, Carpenter described the inspiration that led to its writing – a feeling of oneness with all creation that compelled him to abandon his lecturing position and flee to the countryside; perhaps not dissimilar to Corita’s departure from teaching in Los Angeles to a quieter life in Boston.

the lake of beauty, 1972 • Meas. 23” x 23” •  edition 200 • $600 for the month of August (regularly $900)
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Events and Exhibitions

June 27 – Sept. 7, 2014
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

August 7 – 31, 2014
Corita’s Later Works
Malden Public Library , Malden,MA

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

Oct. 11, 2014
3 pm

In Dialogue at the Pasadena Museum of California Art
Discussion of Corita’s impact on contemporary design in L.A.
Alissa Walker with Louise Sandhaus, Juliette Bellocq and Corita's Learning by Heart co-author Jan Steward
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

Oct. 18 – Nov. 20, 2014
Corita Exhibition
Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

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

Jan. 17, 2015
10 am – 2 pm

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, 2015
1 pm
Earth Day “Happening” and Art-making
Corita Art Center

June 14 – Oct. 11, 2015
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

Alexandra Carrera
Director
Corita Art Center
323-466-2157 ext 1021

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