@ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Joseph Cornell: Films
Program 2: Essential Cinema from Anthology Film Archives
Presented in association with SFMOMA
Shortly before his death in 1972, Cornell gifted his own films as well as his extensive film collection to Anthology Film Archives. Much of this work has been preserved by that institution and is exhibited regularly at that venue. These programs represent two of these recurring screenings. “What Cornell’s movies are is the essence of a home movie. They deal with things very close to us, every day and everywhere. Small things, not the big things. Not wars, not stormy emotions, dramatic clashes or situations. His images are much simpler. [...] The boxes, the collages, the home movies of Joseph Cornell are the invisible cathedrals of our age. That is, they are almost invisible, as are all the best things that man can still find today: They are almost invisible unless you look for them.” (Jonas Mekas, 1970)
Screening: Mulberry Street, Bookstalls; Vaudeville De-Luxe; By Night with Torch and Spear; New York-Rome-Barcelona-Brussels; Children; Boys’ Games, Joanne, Union Sq.; and Cloches a travers les feuilles/ Claude Debussy.