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Saturday, May 31 • 11:00am - 11:30am
(Book and Paper Session) Corita Kent: A Technical Study of a Group of Screen Prints

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The Harvard Art Museums hold a collection of 79 screen prints by Corita Kent published between 1964 and 1969. It is intended that nearly all of these prints will be included in a group exhibition entitled, Corita Kent & the Language of Pop, scheduled for Fall 2015. The prints in the collection span an important period in Corita’s life and artistic career. In 1968, after thirty years in the Immaculate Heart community, Corita resigned and moved to Boston to devote herself full-time to printmaking. This moment also marked Corita’s decision to use a professional printer to edition her works.

Many of the prints in the collection have daylight fluorescent inks not commonly used by fine art printmakers of the period. Some are also printed on Pellon- a non-woven material containing acrylic, a support unusual to printmaking that presents specific condition issues.

This paper investigates Corita’s approach to printmaking and the stability of the materials she used. The research attempts to ascertain suitable display parameters for the collection and examines the efficacy of using a Micro-fading Tester to predict the light fastness of the daylight fluorescent inks. The use of this equipment with such inks presented some unexpected challenges that will be presented, including the role temperature may play.


Harry Metcalf

Craigen W. Bowen Fellow in Paper Conservation, Harvard Art Museums
Harry Metcalf is the current Craigen W. Bowen Fellow in Paper Conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums. Harry received his M.A. in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper from Camberwell College of Art, London, in 2006, and has... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Grand Ballroom A