About the Site

Joseph Cornell, Americana: Natural Philosophy (What Makes the Weather?) (ca. 1959), from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Joseph Cornell (December 24, 1903 – December 29, 1972) was an American artist and filmmaker who pioneered and is best known for the art of assemblage.

 

Recently, Joe Haddad, a writer and scholar at Columbia University, has delved into Cornell's mysterious life and celebrated work as the inspiration for both a screenplay and a novel. This website includes some of Haddad's essays on Cornell and will continue to provide educational information about the artist and Haddad's future endeavors.

This website is a non-profit site meant for scholastic purposes and for the education of the general public.

It is believed that the use of copyrighted images on this website falls under the "Non-profit educational" clause of the Fair Use doctrine currently upheld by United States Law since:

1. The purpose and character of use is for educational purposes only

2. The photographs are low resolution copies and are only being used to illustrate the scholarly material in question

3. The images are low resolution and therefore only a small portion of the copyrighted work is being used

4. The images are not used in a manner that is likely to replace the original market role of the original copyrighted media; the use does not limit the copyright owner's rights to sell the image in any way and does not effect the market value of versions held by the owner of the copyright

Photograph Credits

Joseph Cornell: The Film

1) Portrait of Joseph Cornell, Photograph by Duane Michals (1970)
2) Joseph Cornell with an untitled book object, c. 1940
3) Cornell with his box Garbo The Crystal Mask (1939), at the Julien Levy Gallery, New York, c.1940
4) Joseph Cornell, 1933, Photograph by Lee Miller
5) Joseph Cornell, 1933 Photograph by Lee Miller
6) Joseph Cornell, Photograph by Duane Michals (1969)
7) Ashton, Dore. A Joseph Cornell Album. Viking Press, 1974. Photo essay by Denise Hare
8) Ashton, Dore. A Joseph Cornell Album. Viking Press, 1974. Photo essay by Denise Hare
9) Ashton, Dore. A Joseph Cornell Album. Viking Press, 1974. Photo essay by Denise Hare
10) Joseph Cornell, Photograph by Duane Michals
11) Joseph Cornell. Photograph by Hans Namuth, 1971. Source: http://artists.parrishart.org/artist/126/