Under the leadership of Nellie Scott, director of the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles, a campaign was launched to save from demolition the former Los Angeles studio of the late artist Corita Kent (1918-1986). The space, which currently houses a laundry, should be razed to make room for parking.
Kent, who would become known for her Pop silkscreens, which embodied themes of love and social justice and in many ways foreshadowed Andy Warhol’s work, occupied the space from 1961 to 1968, a period during which she was a nun affiliated with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, having joined the progressive Catholic organization at the age of 18.
Scope was important to her development as an artist, and the address, 5518 Franklin Avenue, was where she performed many of her landmark works as her fame grew over the decade. She was named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times in 1966, made the cover of News week in 1967, and in 1968 left the church. She continued her work, which expanded into what is now called a social practice, paving the way for 80s artists, AIDS activists. Great Fury to 2015 Turner Award Winner Collective assembly.
The notoriety it received in the 1960s certainly adds to the cultural significance of the Los Angeles area, ”said Scott. Los Angeles Magazine.
Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the artist’s work, including Love stamp was released by US Post in 1985, the year before her death. Kent was posthumously awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal in 2016. In 2018, the city of Los Angeles declared Kent’s birthday, November 20, as Corita Kent Day.
The Corita Art Center calls on interested parties to contact representatives of Municipal District 13 and asks them to delay approval of the project until the building has been reviewed by the Office of Historical Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission .
“Many of his studio’s male peers have the courtesy of being recognized,” Scott said. Once the studio is demolished, she notes, “we can’t go back.”