Posts tagged ‘Joseph Cornell’
April 30, 2013  |  An Auteurist History of Film
Non-California Dreaming: The American Avant-Garde, 1948–60

These notes accompany the Non-California Dreaming: The American Avant-Garde, Program 2 (1948–60) screening program on May 1, 2, and 3.

After Maya Deren (with husband Alexander Hammid) directed Meshes of the Afternoon and moved back east, and Amos Vogel founded Cinema 16, California ceased to be the exclusive center of the independent film movement, and New York became a rival. Read more

April 1, 2010  |  Film
Pen Pals: Iris Barry and Joseph Cornell

Though I’m still a believer, I’m a bit too old to send a want list to Santa each year. But if I did, at the top of that list would be a Joseph Cornell box. Any box would do. Even one of the later collages from the 1960s would be just fine by me. But since Santa bestows linens and cooking utensils upon me these days, I keep my nose pressed against the glass on the Cornell boxes on exhibition at MoMA. (No, not really!)

Left: Joseph Cornell in his backyard in Flushing, New York, 1969. Right: Joseph Cornell’s home at 3708 Utopia Parkway, 1976

So imagine my excitement in 1995 when The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation donated a comprehensive gift of film materials made and collected by Joseph Cornell to MoMA’s Department of Film. In this collection are films made by Société Lumière, Georges Méliès, and Pathé Frères. These early film pioneers imbued their inventive cinematic efforts with magic, whimsy, fairies, and other-worldly adventures. Cornell—a sometimes mysterious figure in the New York art world who is best known for his collages, box constructions, and experimental films—was drawn to the escape that these enchanting moments of cinematic exploration afforded him while he remained firmly rooted to the middle-class landscape of Utopia Parkway in Flushing, Queens. If film-going was a treasured diversion for Cornell—who was also a frequent visitor to the Museum’s Library, Archives, and galleries and who engaged in lively, revealing, and surprisingly humorous correspondence with Museum personnel—then just imagine his delight in corresponding with Iris Barry, the first curator of the MoMA Film Library and one of the most influential personalities in the world of film as art. Read more

December 4, 2009  |  MoMA Stores
MoMA’s Holiday Card Program
Robert Indiana. LOVE. 1967

A holiday card created by Robert Indiana (from his LOVE screenprint) was popular in the late 1960s.

Every year since 1954, we have introduced a new line of holiday cards created by artists and designers from around the world. MoMA’s holiday card program was initiated by the Museum’s Junior Council affiliate group, which was founded five years earlier as a way to “bring together a group of younger people who have…a desire to see the [arts] fostered soundly and liberally.” (The Junior Council subsequently evolved into MoMA’s Contemporary Arts Council.)

What the Junior Council started over fifty years ago has become the responsibility of MoMA’s Retail department, which has continued to develop the program every year since. Many well-known artists and designers have been commissioned to create MoMA holiday cards over the years, including Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Ben Shahn, and Joseph Cornell.

For the 2009 selections, the Retail department met over several months to pare over three hundred entries down to the final group of twenty-seven new cards for this holiday season. A final selection was made from entries from as far away as Japan and as close as New York. As in previous years, we wanted to create a diverse collection of cards with a variety of themes, colors, interactive features, and construction techniques. In addition to new pop-up cards by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, this year’s line also includes cards featuring Santa and Rudolph in a New York City taxicab, a skiing Santa, a penguin couple, a herd of reindeer, a group of snowmen decorating a tree, a pyramid of elves, and more. We also selected cards for celebrating Hanukkah, the New Year, and the general holiday season. And every holiday card purchase supports MoMA’s programs! Read more