Corita Kent’s work from the 1960s is activist in spirit and very political, promoting the civil rights movement and voicing her strong opposition to the Vietnam War and the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
In 1969 she created a series of prints that included text and photographs drawn from the media. In 'phil and dan', Corita reproduced an Associated Press photograph from 17 May 1968 featuring two members of the Catonsville Nine, priests Father Philip Berrigan and Father Daniel Berrigan. The image shows the brothers burning draft records that they stole from the Catonsville draft board to protest the Vietnam War. Here Corita has combined the image with two quotes, one of which is attributed to William Kunstler, the defence lawyer for the Catonsville Nine.
colour screenprint, photo screenprint
57.1 x 29.0 cm image; 58.6 x 30.3 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., ink "Corita". Not dated.
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016
Not on display
© Estate of Corita Kent
Shown in 2 exhibitions
YES YES YES YES: Graphics from the 1960s and 1970s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 2016–19 Feb 2017
Some mysterious process, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2020–13 Sep 2020
Referenced in 3 publications
Julie Ault, Come Alive! The spirited art of Sister Corita, London, 2006, 92 (colour illus.).
Susan Dackerman (Editor), Corita Kent and the language of pop, Cambridge, 2015, 260, 262, 263 (colour illus.). cat.no. 73
Michael Duncan, Someday is now: the art of Sister Corita Kent, 'Someday is Now', pg.10-23, Saratoga Springs, 2013, 17, 195 (colour illus.).