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Corita Art Center to Debut Its Great Humans Series with Event Featuring Roxane Gay and Abbi Jacobson

A contemporary reboot of an influential lecture series organized in the late 1960s by artist and educator Corita Kent, the event will take place on November 18, 2019.

Corita with her Art Structure students at Immaculate Heart College. Photo from the 1968 issue of “Presbyterian Life” magazine. Courtesy of the Corita Art Center.

The Corita Art Center presents the inaugural event of The Great Humans Series, featuring Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Bad Feminist, and Abbi Jacobson, star and co-creator of Comedy Central’s hit series Broad City. Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon will introduce. This event, which takes place on November 18 at Second Home Hollywood, is a contemporary reboot of the influential lecture series organized by the late artist and educator Corita Kent in the 1960s.

During her life, Corita was a cultural icon: a pioneering artist, an outspoken advocate for social justice, and influential arts educator. Corita’s artwork reflected her concerns about poverty, racism, and war while championing rebellious ideas about love, hope, and justice—messages which continue to resonate with audiences today.

While serving as head of the Immaculate Heart College’s art department in Los Angeles from 1964–1968, Corita launched “The Great Men Series” featuring leading artists, activists, and scholars, including Charles Eames, John Cage, Daniel Berrigan, Alfred Hitchcock, and Buckminster Fuller who called the evening, “one of the most fundamentally inspiring experiences of my life.” Years later, Corita admitted of the title, “we would never call it that now,” and so the reboot is appropriately titled The Great Humans Series.

Join the Corita Art Center, in partnership with Second Home and KCRW, for an inspiring and rebellious evening embodying Corita’s ethos of hope, love, and justice.

Tickets are available at corita.org/programs

The Corita Art Center is a project of the Immaculate Heart Community, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020. The Center preserves and promotes Corita’s artistic and educational legacy and passion for social justice.