Joseph Cornell

I have just finished this biography on Joseph Cornell: Utopia Parkway (imagine such an address!)

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This is a link to  the documentary Worlds in a Box (1991 ) about Cornell’s life and work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T65K0ipTQHo

A fantastic archive of his papers in the Smithsonian’s  Archives of American Art:

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/joseph-cornell-papers-5790/more

Links to some of his amazing boxes and collages:

http://www.pem.org/sites/cornell/#

http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/cornell/imagination/cornell/index.html

These two links are aimed at younger students:

http://www.artsconnected.org/collection/132969/joseph-cornell-boxes?print=true

http://www.josephcornellbox.com/

His surreal movies (some of which he made by splicing together strips of old movies, others he made by employing a camera man and sometimes an actress and walking with them directing “scenes”) are not as well-known, but worth watching. Here are two:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQxtZlQlTDA   (Rose Hobart)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dgw_Lqa_zk  (Nymphlight)