The School of Art welcomes the curator of the Corita Art Center for a series of lectures



The School of Art at Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is delighted to launch the guest lecture series in Fall 2022 with Olivian Cha, Curator of Corita Art Center. The Gallery of the Center des beaux-arts currently has Corita Kent: heroes and heroines on view until the end of September. Cha’s talk will take place on Thursday, September 15 at Hillside Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. and will share insights into life, work, and life. heroes and heroes series.

Cha holds a master’s degree in library and information science and a master’s degree in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has held research and curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Research Institute, and previously served as the Arts Librarian at the Los Angeles Central Library. She is also a freelance curator and occasional art critic, contributing reviews, interviews and features for publications such as Frieze, Flash Art and Artforum.

“The School of Art, along with the entire U of A community, is very fortunate to have Olivian on campus to speak about the life and work of Corita Kent,” said Marc Mitchell, curator and director of exhibitions at the School of Art. Fine Arts Gallery. “Kent is one of the most important artists of the 21st century, especially when you think of artwork that leans towards social justice and activism. Olivian has the unique ability to provide insight into both of Kent’s thinking and working process, and it will be fantastic for our students.”

Artist, educator and advocate Corita Kent was known for her innovative production techniques, teaching methods and messages of social justice. Active in the United States during the turbulent mid-twentieth century, Kent’s work reflects concerns about poverty, racism, and war. His use of bright colors and bold text was often associated with handwritten excerpts from religious works, philosophers, poets, and even pop music. Kent has carefully selected words and images to convey accessible and heartfelt messages about love, hope and peace.

from Kent heroes and heroes The series, currently at the Fine Arts Center Gallery, is revered as the most explicitly political work she produced during her lifetime. Made between 1968 and 1969, the twenty-nine prints not only respond to pressing issues such as the Vietnam War, political assassinations, and the civil and labor rights movements, they also underscore Kent’s keen awareness of how these events were framed and broadcast by the mass media. .

Taken as a whole, heroes and heroes mark his startling progression as an artist and highlight the ethos that has inspired his life and work – a belief in the power of collective action and the joy of everyday living.

All are invited to learn more about Corita Kent and Olivian Cha’s Corita Art Center on Thursday, September 15 at Hillside Auditorium, 202, at 5:30 p.m.

The School of Art Lecture Series is a 30-year-old tradition that welcomes renowned artists, designers, and scholars to provide students and the community with comprehensive experiences in the practice and study of fine art. arts and design. All lectures are free and open to the public.

To see the full schedule for the Fall Art School Guest Lecture Series, visit art.uark.edu.