Curator Sarah Lea introduces Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust


As curator of the first solo exhibition of Cornell’s groundbreaking collage and assemblage art to be held in the UK for a generation, Sarah gives an overview of Cornell’s life, his unique working process and his fascination with subjects as diverse as ballet and astronomy.

Joseph Cornell never spent a night away from his New York home, yet his inner universe was vast and remarkably well-traversed. His ‘armchair voyages’ took him across oceans, through centuries of history and far across the cosmos – imaginary journeys which he documented in his signature shadow boxes. Each of these extraordinary constructions seems to transport the viewer into its own miniature world.

Tickets for this talk are £5 redeemable against the value of the book on the night. Glass of wine included.

After the talk, guests will be invited to visit the exhibition across the road at the Royal Academy at the discounted price of just £8 per person.

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