Joseph Cornell: Worlds In A Box by Mark Stokes

Here's an unusual documentary from 1991 directed by Mark Stokes. It's about the American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) who had rather an extraordinary life. He lived with his mother in Utopia Parkway, Queens. There, in the basement, he developed a skill for making magical and surreal shadow boxes with which he would entertain his disabled brother. The film features Susan Sontag, Tony Curtis and the experimental film maker Stan Brakhage.

Just imagine living in a place called Utopia Parkway; that in itself I find somewhat curious. Americans sure know how to name places!

We watched this after going to the exhibition of Cornell's work at the Royal Academy last weekend, which was wonderful.  

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