"Joseph Cornell's art could be described as a cartography of the imagination—the connections between history, memory, and fantasy as played out in the individual subconscious," writes Ben Sachs at Cine-File.
"Where European contemporaries like Marcel Duchamp or Rene Magritte expressed skepticism towards the role popular culture played in this process, Cornell fully embraced the dream life proffered by mass entertainment," Sachs writes.
"His famous Hotel collages incorporated ballet programs and children's guides to astronomy, and his integration of movie-star images made him something of a proto-pop artist. Given his predilections, it was perhaps inevitable that Cornell would try working out his themes in film."
Doc Films screens a programs of Cornell's work from 1937 to 1965 on Tuesday 1/12.
Screening are Cornell's early found footage recapitulations Cotillion, The Midnight Party and The Children's Party; dreamlike mid-period works Carrousel, Jack's Dream, and Thimble Theatre; and later, more naturalistic works shot by Stan Brakhage and Rudy Burkhardt: The Aviary, Nymphlight, A Legend for Fountains, and What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street.
Films by Joseph Cornell screen Tuesday 1/12 at 7 PM at Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St. $5.