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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), American (Fort Dodge, Iowa 1918 - 1986 Boston, Massachusetts)
a passion for the possible
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Screen print
image: 57.1 x 29.4 cm (22 1/2 x 11 9/16 in.)
sheet: 58.6 x 30.3 cm (23 1/16 x 11 15/16 in.)
frame: 74 x 58.7 x 2.5 cm (29 1/8 x 23 1/8 x 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r., within image: Corita
  • inscription: l.l., in graphite: 68-69-63
  • (not assigned): Printed text reads: Playboy: Are you hopeful that we will choose our future? William Sloane Coffin: It's possible, if not probable. If I can be theological for a moment, I think there's a great difference between being optimistic and being hopeful. I am not optimistic but I am hopeful. By this I mean that hope, as opposed to cynicism and despair, is the sole precondition for new and better experiences. Realism demands pessimism but hope demands that we take a dim view of the present because we hold a bright view of the future; and HOPE AROUSES AS NOTHING ELSE CAN AROUSE A PASSION FOR THE POSSIBLE.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Corita Art Center Cat. #69-63

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
© Courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Julie Ault, Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita, Four Corners Books (London, 2006), p 77
  • Susan Dackerman, ed., Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2015), pp. 260, 262, 264-5, cat. 73, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Verification Level

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