The former studio of Corita Kent appears to have been saved.
Kent, who died in 1986, was a member of the Immaculate Heart Community and a pop artist whose work has been shown in museums around the world and appeared on the 1985 “Love” U.S. postage stamp.
But her studio, which is now a dry cleaner, was up for demolition by its owner, prompting a campaign to save it from becoming a parking lot. On June 2, those efforts paid off when the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to approve recommendations to designate the building as a Historic-Cultural Monument. [The building is located near Immaculate Heart High School, two blocks north of Hollywood Boulevard.]
Now, however, more work begins, the Corita Art Center notes on its website: “Corita Art Center is now exploring the future of how this building can be of service to the creative community as a part of the preservation of Corita Kent’s legacy.”
Preserving the site is especially important not just to the Immaculate Heart Community, the center says, but because only 3% of the Historic-Cultural Monuments in Los Angeles are associated with women’s heritage….
The above comes from a June 14 story in the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter.