Corita Kent: Throwback Thursday: Boston Gas Tanks

Gas tank art of Corita KentAfter reading a recent article about Sister Corita Kent, it reminded me of my 1991 picture of the two gas tanks. Now there is only one gas tank, but thankfully the beautiful art of Corita Kent was preserved.

As a child, I used to be so excited when I would see the familiar Boston landmark. The big splashes of bright colors painted on one of the two gas tanks as my father drove our family into Boston countless times on the expressway. Until I saw that gas tank, I never thought about art being placed on objects that weren’t necessarily art. Corita Kent brought art to the masses even if you weren’t looking for it. There it was.

On January 31st, an exhibit of her work will be opening at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh called Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent. The exhibit will be there until April 19th and covers more than 30 years of her work. Below is an excerpt from the website.

In her rich and varied career, she was a designer, teacher, feminist, and activist for civil rights and anti-war causes. Her thousands of posters, murals, and signature serigraphs reflect these combined passions for faith and politics. Kent became one of the most popular graphic artists of the 1960s and ‘70s, and her images remain iconic symbols that address the larger questions and concerns of that turbulent time and continue to influence many artists today.

While several exhibitions have focused on Corita’s work from the ‘60s, Someday is Now is the first major museum show to survey her entire career, including early abstractions and text pieces as well as the more lyrical works made in the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition also includes rarely shown photographs Corita used for teaching and documentary purposes.

This looks like a great exhibit if you get the chance to go. It appears to be traveling to different cities, so maybe it will stop by a location near you.

Ground Cardamom: Same Spice Different Price

cardamom podsEvents from last week have me reeling. Little did I know how much this quote that I posted would become relevant to me later that day. My family will never be the same again.

Along with family and friends, we are trying to adjust to a new normal. I never run out of things to blog about, but not much seems to matter right now in comparison. I’m an optimistic person, but it takes a bit of time to recover from a kick to your gut.

If you are the praying kind, then prayers for my family will help. I don’t have much to offer right now in the way of posts except for one thing. The price of ground cardamom is nearly double the price in Stop & Shop than in Market Basket. Why pay $14.99 if  you can pay $7.99?

Before Christmas I ran out. This is the first Christmas where I didn’t really bake. Except for when a cousin came over to visit me, I did bake Chai-Spiced Almond Cookies. Since I had no cardamom, they weren’t really chai-spiced. I used ginger instead. Which was still quite good by the way.

Market Basket is not near where I live, but when I go to my parents’ house, I can choose from a few locations. Since I did some food shopping for my parents at Market Basket, I decided to finally get some cardamom. I used it in my oatmeal this morning. It’s a small thing, but it’s comforting. And that is what I need right now.

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Flickr Photo: Cardamom pods by dollen

Recently Watched: Winter’s Tale

Winter's Tale Colin Farrell
When I saw the preview for Winter’s Tale last year, I was immediately interested. Give me a hint of time travel and I’m all over it.

Plus I’m a Downton Abbey fan and was happy to see Jessica Brown Findlay again after the very sad and unexpected death of her character Lady Sybil. The beautiful smiling face of Colin Farrell didn’t hurt either. Actually, his beautiful face is the best part of the movie in my opinion.

Luckily, I did not pay to see Winter’s Tale when it first came out. Although I was tempted. Before Christmas, I was at the library randomly getting DVDs to watch and grabbed it.

Can a movie be a fairy tale if there are no fairies? If so, it’s a fairy tale. If not, it’s just a tale. I can suspend disbelief along with the best of them and even I had a bit of trouble with this one. The magic was rather inconsistent and not what I expected. In a bad way.

The cast is great. With Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Graham Greene, Jennifer Connelly and a surprise to me, Will Smith. A pretty big name to not have been mentioned in the previews. Smith’s role is rather small and certainly not his best, but it was nice seeing him anyway.

If you don’t see this movie, you’re not missing anything. Don’t pay to see it. Apparently Farrell is up for a Razzie as Worst Actor because of this movie. However, there have been other movies which never get blogged by me. They were so horrible that I was angry that I wasted two hours of my life that I could not get back and didn’t want to spend anymore time thinking about them.

Winter’s Tale isn’t that bad. But mostly because two hours of looking at Colin Farrell is still rather enjoyable. Plan accordingly.

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Screenshot: Winter’s Tale – Official Trailer