Visit Exhibitions through December 10, 2023.

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Radical Joy

Lisa Congdon's "Hold it Lightly" opens in conversation with the legendary series by Corita Kent "heroes and sheroes" on view through June 23, 2024

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"heroes & sheroes" by Corita Kent

On view through December 10, 2023. 

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"Hold it Lightly" by Lisa Congdon

Extended through June 23, 2024.

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Interview with Lisa Congdon

heroes & sheroes

Gallery view of exhibition heroes & sheroes

On view through December 10, 2023

Printed between 1968 and 1969, heroes and sheroes represents a body of bold colorful graphic words and images created by the artist, educator, and advocate for social justice, Corita Kent (1918-1986). Adapting the visual language of pop art in the midst of social and political justice, Kent’s work conveys messages of faith, acceptance and love supporting civil rights, labor, anti-war movements, nuclear disarmament and the political assassinations that would define the 1960s. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Corita Art Center of Los Angeles.

Hold it Lightly

Gallery view of exhibition Hold it Lightly

On view through June 23, 2024.

Illustrator and fine artist Lisa Congdon’s current body of work, Hold it Lightly, explores themes of joy, liberation, and radical inclusion displayed on printed matter featuring her bold, colorful illustrations and hand-lettering. Congdon's work elevates mundane, simple shapes into discourse with symbols from nature and the supernatural in pared-down, unfussy, colorful, organized arrangements and graphic renderings. Typically working in paint, Hold it Lightly represents the artist's first exhibit of printed matter. 

Happenings & Programs

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Public Tours

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. 

& Saturdays at 2 p.m.


Looking for a guided museum experience? Join us for our standard walk-in exhibition tours. These tours are designed to be interactive and inquiry-based. Walk-in tours are offered during fall and spring exhibitions.