Sunday, November 9, 2008

Joseph Cornell and Children


Cornell was almost compulsively focused on children, to the point of presenting, in 1972, what was probably the first avant-garde art exhibition in New York for children only. At the Cooper Union gallery, Cornell displayed 26 boxes and collages at child’s-eye level, no more than three feet off the ground, and at the opening reception, children dined not on champagne and caviar but on cherry soda and brownies.


2 comments:

Lee Wind said...

I didn't know that - how cool. I'll have to track down some more images of his work featuring children.
Thanks!

Lee

reventon said...

Cornell lived on Utopia Parkway in Quens, creating a kind of boxed utopia