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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita), American (Fort Dodge, Iowa 1918 - 1986 Boston, Massachusetts)
i'm glad i can feel pain
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Screen print
57.15 x 29.21 cm (22 1/2 x 11 1/2 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.: Corita
  • (not assigned): Printed text reads: ...Kennedy is dead. Fabrics can be torn + shredded and fall apart. Social fabrics are the only thing that hold us together. This is a time to be strong. The national tendency under such devastating displays of violence is to collapse. I am afraid that a collapse would engender relapse, relapse into violence triggered by despair. I'm trying to be strong. I'm trying to direct all my energies to positive things. Kennedy believed in our people. We have to trust ourselves. We are living, therefore we have to give ourselves to life. So many living people are dead. So many people have commited mental suicide. People are so afraid. I don't believe we were born to be afraid. This is something man has created by and for himself, probably unconsciously. Maybe this is the problem, man hasn't been facing choices and consciously making a choice-really choosing, but instead he has been letting other forces outside of himself control him and he isn't even aware that the he in him is dead perhaps murdered. When someone as influential as Kennedy is killed it makes people every where face the reality that it takes guts and courage to be human and to be what you are and believe what you are. Kennedy was a leader who could help people do this. He was helping the establishment understand minority groups. He was helping us understand what it means to be human and that each individual is an intergral part of the social fabric. Now his voice has been silenced but not really just physically. We all have to find our voice and the medium through which we can make it be heard...We all have a voice and we all have to listen. I'm very upset but I'm glad I can feel pain. Love, (a student)
  • inscription: l.l., in graphite: 68-69-60

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
Corita Art Center Cat. #69-60

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

  • Susan Dackerman, ed., Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2015), pp. 282, 284, 286-7, cat. 80, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

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