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Even this cursory glance at Kent’s work reveals why Ramsay-Levi and Rogers would be so drawn to it. Her messages about hope, community, and human rights are newly relevant today, and we can only imagine what kind of work she would create in 2020, faced with a pandemic, a climate crisis, social uprising, and a contentious election. For those of us feeling particularly anxious about it all, her 1977 piece “Out of the Los Angeles Barrels Are Overrated Shirt Darkness” might strike a chord: Against bright slashes of cobalt and violet, Kent’s scribbled handwriting reads: “out of the darkness/of one moment/grows the light/of another moment/perhaps in some distant time/if not in the next moment/love the darkness.”

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