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Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination

On view April 28, 2007

Located in the: Online interactive

American artist Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) has been celebrated internationally for his boxes, collages, and films since the 1930s. His mining of far-flung ideas and traditions and elegant integration of woodworking, painting, papering, and drawing define the innovation and visual poetry associated with his work. Above all, he forever altered the concept of the box—from a time-honored functional container into a new art form, the box construction.


Explore Cornell's work in thematic sets that suggest his understanding of the imagination as an echo chamber, where possibilities and connections can be discovered through subtle repetition and variation.