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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2012.191
People
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), American (Fort Dodge, Iowa 1918 - 1986 Boston, Massachusetts)
Title
tender be - part one - sr. william
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1964
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, California, Los Angeles
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Screen print
Dimensions
76.2 x 91.4 cm (30 x 36 in.)
frame: 84.1 x 104.5 x 3.2 cm (33 1/8 x 41 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: Sister Mary Corita IHM
  • inscription: Printed quote reads: TENDER / So yes, I think Mary laughed out loud -—she laughed whole heartedly, without rancor, and with great compassion, and with real reverence. If she were here today in her physical nature she would surely laugh. She would laugh at our wreaths; she would laugh at our pop art; she would laugh — compassionately — at the consternation of some of us at this riot of sound and color, at our uncertainty about its suitability for a day of religious celebration. Frankly, I think May would want this day, that she would like to think that it was well explained by calling it her day. She is the cause of our joy — and I hope that we bring her joy by praising her with our hearts on high. If we were only loud and bright, perhaps we could hope only for the indulgent smile of the mother of very small children. Our colors, however are the colors of the market place, the colors of life-giving food, and our sounds are the sounds of the here and now, and they are meant to say: mother, I am concerned for my brother, who is your son. My brother starves, he weeps, he dies. He is myself. Today is a loud call to our mother asking her to teach us what she knows of filling the emptiness, drying the tears, and easing the death of our brother. We ask to be taken out of ourselves (this is the whole burden of "Pacem in Terris"). Words from Sr. William on Mary's Day 1964
Provenance
[Susan Lawrence Fine Art, Kansas City, MO], sold; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2012.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Edition
Edition of 50
Standard Reference Number
Corita Art Center Cat. #64-22
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles
Accession Year
2012
Object Number
2012.191
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Susan Dackerman, ed., Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2015), pp. 152-154, cat. 36, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/03/2015 - 01/03/2016; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, 02/13/2016 - 04/13/2016

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