Listening In

October 23, 2015
Index Magazine

Listening In

Last month, StoryCorps recorded interviews about Corita Kent in their trademark silver Airstream mobile studio while it was parked at Harvard’s Science Center plaza.

Last month we conducted interviews about artist Corita Kent in conjunction with the opening of our special exhibition Corita Kent and the Language of Pop. The project was launched in partnership with StoryCorps and National Grid. Over the course of three days, StoryCorps recorded dozens of interviews in their trademark silver Airstream mobile studio while it was parked at Harvard’s Science Center plaza. 90.9 WBUR, our media partner for this project, will be airing one selection of five edited interviews during Morning Edition on Monday, October 26. All five interviews will be available on soon after.

These engaging conversations include a range of voices discussing Kent’s works and her remarkable life as an artist, teacher, and Roman Catholic nun. Listeners will hear from exhibition curator Susan Dackerman; Mary Anne Karia, who assisted in Kent’s workshop in California; a father and daughter who lived in the shadow of Kent’s iconic rainbow-like pop art design on the gas tank along Boston’s waterfront; Molly Lanzarotta, who grew up surrounded by Kent’s work in her family home; and a friend of Kent’s who worked with her during the anti-war movement of the 1960s. True to StoryCorps’ mission, the interviews are more akin to intimate conversations between two people and reveal fascinating personal stories.

We are grateful to StoryCorps and National Grid for their collaboration on this project and to WBUR for hosting and broadcasting the selected interviews. The unedited versions of all interviews conducted for this project are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and major corporate support from National Grid. Harvard Common Spaces also provided support for the StoryCorps project. WBUR is the media partner for the StoryCorps project.