© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.137
People
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), American (Fort Dodge, Iowa 1918 - 1986 Boston, Massachusetts)
Title
the cry that will be heard
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1969
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Screen print
Dimensions
image: 57.1 x 29.4 cm (22 1/2 x 11 9/16 in.)
sheet: 58.6 x 30.3 cm (23 1/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
frame: 74 x 58.7 x 2.5 cm (29 1/8 x 23 1/8 x 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: Corita
  • inscription: l.l., in graphite: 68-69-62
  • (not assigned): Printed text reads: LIFE / THE NEGRO AND THE CITIES / The Cry That Will Be Heard / March 8 1968 / 35 ₵ / WHY NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOUR FELLOW MAN / GIVE A DAMN // Put your girl to sleep some time with rats instead of nursery rhymes with hunger and your other children by her side And wonder if you'll share your bed with something else that must be fed for fear may lie beside you or it may sleep down the hall and it might begin to teach you how to give a damn about your fellow man and it might begin to teach you how to give a damn about your fellow man come and see how well despair is seasoned by the stiffling air see a ghetto in the good old sizzling summertime suppose as the streets were all on fire the flames like tempers leaping higher suppose you lived there all you life do you think that you would mind and it might begin to reach you why we give a damn about our fellow man and it might begin to teach you how to give a damn about your fellow man and it might begin to reach you why we give a damn. If you'd take the train with me uptown through the misery of ghetto streets in morning light there's always night. Take a window seat put down your times you can read between the lines just meet the faces that you meet beyond the window's pane and it might begin to teach you how to give a damn about your fellow man and it might begin to teach you how to give a damn about your fellow man. FOR (W.E.L.) (As recorded by Spanky & Our Gang/ Mercury) SCHARF
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Corita Art Center Cat. #69-62
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
2008
Object Number
2008.137
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.
Publication History

Julie Ault, Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita, Four Corners Books (London, 2006), p 96

Susan Dackerman, ed., Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2015), pp. 282, 284, 288-9, cat. 80, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

DISSENT!, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/11/2006 - 02/25/2007

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

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu