Farrel Levy on Sister Mary Corita Kent
We’ve been working away producing a dozen new short videos about astonishing women. We have big plans for 2017 and in fact we’ve got some pretty exciting events unfolding in the coming weeks. Today we’re posting the first of this series with our lead editor Farrel Levy telling us about Sister Mary Corita Kent—an inspired visual artist with a knack for finding meaning and joy in unlikely places.
Levy tells the story of visual artist Corita Kent, a Catholic nun whose commitment to social justice, combined with an open mind and a sense of humor, led her to create vibrant serigraphs merging American ad campaigns, pop culture and quotes from the world’s religions, to create startlingly moving art that is still relevant today.
With our backyard video project, Look What She Did! we are creating an ongoing archive of short videos celebrating crazy-great women as told to us by… crazy-great women. All of us working on this project are having a blast and are fired up about sharing these inspiring stories with you. Take a look at our social media and let us know… Who is YOUR astonishing woman?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie Hébert is an award-winning writer and director of theater, film and television. She won the PEN Award for Drama twice, for her plays TREE and THE KNEE DESIRES THE DIRT. Her most recent play, NIGHT FALLS, premiered at ODC in San Francisco, codirected by Hébert and Deborah Slater. Ms. Hébert has written and directed plays for Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, the Magic, the Eureka, LaMaMa, the Women’s Project, San Diego Rep, Los Angeles Theater Center, The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Seven Stages and Horizon in Atlantaand many more. She has received grants from the NEA, TCG, AT&T New Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the California Arts Commission for writing, directing, and inter-disciplinary arts. Hébert has written two films, FEMALE PERVERSIONS, starring Tilda Swinton; and RUBY'S BUCKET OF BLOOD, adapted from her play, starring Angela Bassett. Ms. Hébert has also worked as writer, director, producer for some of the most respected shows on television, including The West Wing, ER, Numb3rs, Blue Bloods, Boss, Nashville and American Crime. She co-directed the Third Watch documentary, In Their Own Words, shortly after 9/11 and was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award.