Book Talk & Signing: Analisa Leppanen

Thursday, April 26 6pm

Focusing on his evocative and profound references to children and their stories, Children’s Stories and ‘Child-Time’ in the Works of Joseph Cornell and the Transatlantic Avant-Garde explores the relationship between the artist’s work on childhood and his search for a transfigured concept of time. This study also situates Cornell and his art in the broader context of the transatlantic avant-garde of the 1930s and 40s.

Analisa Leppanen-Guerra explores the children’s stories that Cornell perceived as fundamental in order to unpack the dense network of associations in his under-studied multimedia works. Moving away from the usual focus on his box constructions, the author directs her attention to
Cornell’s film and theater scenarios, ‘explorations’, ‘dossiers’, and book-objects. One highlight of this study is a work that may well be the first artist’s book of its kind, and has only been exhibited twice: Untitled (Journal d’Agriculture Pratique), presented as Cornell’s enigmatic tribute to Lewis Carroll’s Alice books.

Winner of a College Art Association Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication grant

Analisa Leppanen-Guerra teaches in the History of Art & Architecture Department at DePaul University, Chicago, USA. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and visual culture