Collection Artwork
A yellow printed paper with a thick, red band screenprinted across the top two-thirds of the paper with the word "LIFE" printed in blue. Small, yellow text is printed vertically next to the "L" and "F" in life.
Corita Kent (Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1918 – 1986, Boston, Massachusetts)
life is a complicated business
1967
serigraph
Hambly Studios (Santa Clara, California, established 1959 – 2012)
paper size: 22 1/2 x 23 in.
Gift of Harry Hambly, serigrapher, Hambly Studios
printed in Santa Clara, California, United States, North America
2016.14.35
67-34

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There were several Corita Kent serigraph prints on the table in the print room, and with interest and intrigue I asked: “What are those?” It was at that moment I was introduced to Sister Corita Kent, I had never heard of her before that moment, but I felt like I knew her work. They felt familiar. Particularly, it was the vibrancy of the colors used in the poster, for the saturated blue, yellow, and red lured my undeniable attention. Then, the words on the poster provoked emotion; I felt issues of equality and social justice, so I was curious about her history. That moment led me to a research project with the Corita Kent collection.
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Pattern by Evelyn Wang ’19
Inspired by the exhibition 3-D Doings: The Imagist Object in Chicago Art, 1964-1980
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.