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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), American (Fort Dodge, Iowa 1918 - 1986 Boston, Massachusetts)
harness the sun
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Screen print
52.2 x 58.4 cm (20 9/16 x 23 in.)
frame (frame with 2008.170): 104.5 x 84.1 x 3.2 cm (41 1/8 x 33 1/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: Corita
  • (not assigned): Printed text reads: HARNESSES THE SUN TO POWER THIS / So: I see you—a very fresh, unique, wonderful individual. When I see you I can believe in lots of things: creativity, individuality, humanity, love, reciprocity—when I write, talk or think about you, clouds lift, light filters through and for a brief instant, I can see almost forever. And that's more than any human being such as I have a right to: And to have it so much, so often, makes me want to say grace all day long. Let no one speak of God's death—or non-existence to me who have found him in this wonderous strange happening to out-happen all happenings—our meeting. L / I believe in me through you—I believe in God through you. L / I feel good in a special way, I'm in love and it's a sunny day. L + M / The world cannot be wrong if in this world there's you. c.c. / How does it feel to one of the beautiful people? L + Mc C
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Corita Art Center Cat. #67-31
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 63

Susan Dackerman, ed., Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2015), pp. 182-183, cat. 48, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/03/2015 - 01/03/2016; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, 02/13/2016 - 04/13/2016

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