37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Joseph Cornell: Boxes and Films


This collection will offer an overview of Joseph Cornell’s work and screen both his first film Rose Hobart and the recently discovered Wool Collage in addition to documentary coverage of Cornell’s life, and a presentation by Anne Morra, Associate Curator in the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art. New York gallerist Julien Levy claims to have discovered American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-72). It was not long after the 1931 opening of the Levy Gallery that Cornell visited to view an exhibition of Nadar’s 19th century photographs. Returning to the gallery, Cornell brought with him some small collages and box constructions that he made and became formally associated with Levy. The gallerist sold Cornell’s miniature puzzle boxes and early shadow boxes to MoMA and The Wadsworth Athenaeum. Cornell was an avid fan of cinema, and what began as a collection of 16 mm films eventually evolved into his own passion for filmmaking. Introduction by Joe Erdman (Trustee, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation) and discussion with Anne Morra (The Museum of Modern Art)

Supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation and The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia


Friday, November 4


4:00 PM


UVA : Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: Joseph Cornell

Runtime: 100 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2016

Country: USA