An image of if I

Corita Kent

(United States of America 20 Nov 1918 – 18 Sep 1986)

if I

Location
Not on display
Further information

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 'if i', we see an image of Coretta Scott King attending the funeral of her late husband, Martin Luther King Jr, assassinated on 4 April 1968. Corita appropriated the image from the 19 April 1968 cover of 'LIFE' and combined it with a quote from a speech given by Scott King at a march for non-violent social change in Memphis, 8 April 1968, and text by English philosopher Alan Watts.

Year
1969
Media
Print
Medium
colour screenprint, photo screenprint
Dimensions
57.2 x 29.4 cm image; 58.6 x 30.3 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.c., ink "Corita". Not dated.

Credit
Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2016
Accession number
365.2016
Copyright
Estate of Corita Kent