On Joseph Cornell ‘s Birthday — Frank O’Hara’s “Joseph Cornell”

The American artist Joseph Cornell, famous for his haunting, surrealist box constructions and collages, was born on this day in 1903.  Cornell was of course one of the most beloved and influential artists in the New York School of poets’ pantheon — an object of veneration, the subject of critical essays, and inspiration for poems.

Here is Frank O’Hara’s poem “Joseph Cornell” (1955).  On the manuscript, O’Hara wrote beneath the poem “print like boxes”:


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Joseph Cornell, “Untitled (Grand Hotel Des Iles D’Oro)” (1952)

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Joseph Cornell, “Untitled (The Hotel Eden)” (1945)

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2 Responses to On Joseph Cornell ‘s Birthday — Frank O’Hara’s “Joseph Cornell”

  1. Mario Jurado says:

    Dear Mr Epstain,

    I agree with you on the importance that Cornell has for the New York School poets – not least in the way they viewed the value of their work, both (children’s) game and the most serious self-creation as society members and artists.
    I tried to unravel the attraction and the allure of Cornell’s pieces in an article I was lucky enough to publish in an academic review.

    http://revistaselectronicas.ujaen.es/index.php/grove/article/view/2698

    I thank you heartedly for your work with this blog.

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