Joseph Cornell

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Birthday
24, 1903
Birthplace
Nyack, NY
Death Date
Dec 29, 1972 (69)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
24, 1903
Birthplace
Nyack, NY
Death Date
Dec 29, 1972 (69)

About

Assemblage artist and sculptor who also created surrealist, avant-garde films, such as the found-film montage "East of Borneo" from 1936.

Before Fame

He was born in Nyack, New York and studied at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, for a time. He was largely self-taught. His discovery of 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' from Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy guided much of his philosophy in life.

Trivia

He was known for his use of boxes in works of assemblage art such as "Soap Bubble Sets" and the "Medici Slot Machine" series.

Family Life

He was reclusive and too socially awkward to successfully pursue a romantic relationship; however, he devoted his life to caring for his brother Robert who suffered from cerebral palsy.

Associated With

He screened one of his experimental films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for Salvador Dali and other artists. Dali's immediate hatred of the film greatly distressed Cornell.