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Salem, Mass.—On May 3, 2007, the Peabody Essex Museum presents Joseph Cornell as Filmmaker, an exciting evening of modern art and film by one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. These rarely-seen films will be screened in conjunction with the exhibition Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination, which opens April 28, providing visitors the opportunity to experience a wide range of the artist’s work. The 75-minute program offers a cross section of the two dozen short films Cornell made between the mid-1930s and the late 1950s, including collaborations with avant-garde filmmakers Stan Brakhage and Rudy Burckhardt. PEM Chief Curator and Cornell expert Lynda Hartigan introduces the films and holds a question-and-answer period afterward.

For one night only, the Peabody Essex Museum will offer extended evening hours from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to give film-goers the chance to visit the Cornell exhibition before the screenings. The Atrium café will be open until 7:30 p.m. for light meals and refreshments.

Entry to the films and the Cornell galleries is free and open to the public. Film reservations are recommended. Please call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, to reserve.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 2007

5:30 p.m. – Cornell galleries open to the public

7:30 p.m. – Cornell film screenings begin

WHERE
: Peabody Essex Museum

East India Square, Salem, Mass.

Film screenings take place in Morse Auditorium

Film program

All films © The Museum of Modern Art, New York, unless otherwise noted.

Rose Hobart

Ca. 1936, 19 1/2 minutes
Black and white with blue or purple filter, sound on record or tape

Untitled (Bookstalls)
Late 1930s, restored 1978, 11 minutes
Tinted black and white, silent

The Aviary
1954, 11 minutes, directed and edited by Joseph Cornell, photography by Rudy Burckhardt
Black and white, silent

GNIR REDNOW
(alternate title REDNOW GNIR)
1955–late 1960s, 6 1/2 minutes, commissioned and edited by Joseph Cornell, photography by Stan Brakhage
Color, silent, based on outtakes from Brakhage’s The Wonder Ring, 1955. Courtesy of the estate of Stan Brakhage and Canyon Cinema.

Angel
1957, 3 minutes, directed and edited by Joseph Cornell, photography by Rudy Burckhardt
Color, silent

Nymphlight
1957, 7 1/2 minutes, directed and edited by Joseph Cornell, photography by Rudy Burckhardt
Color, silent

A Legend for Fountains
1957, completed 1965 with Larry Jordan, 16 1/2 minutes, directed and edited by Joseph Cornell, photography by Rudy Burckhardt
Black and white, silent

About Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination (April 28 to Aug. 19, 2007):

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination
is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in more than 26 years. Featuring 180 works, the exhibition is co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It presents new insights into this fascinating artist, illuminating the richness of the ideas he explored across all media. Navigating the Imagination includes the artist’s finest box constructions, collages, dossiers, films and graphic designs from public and private collections––more than 30 on public view for the first time. Seven of the collages in the show were donated to the Peabody Essex Museum by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, chief curator of the Peabody Essex Museum, and a widely published scholar on Cornell, is curator of Navigating the Imagination.

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PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -  april@pem.org

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Senior Press Officer  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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