Book talk and signing: Joseph Cornell’s Manual of Marvels
April 11, 2013. 6-8pm.
Book talk and signing with author Analisa Leppanen-Guerra
This is Leppanen-Guerra’s second book on Joseph Cornell, co-edited with Dickran Tashjian, recently released with Thames & Hudson Press.
Joseph Cornell’s Manual of Marvels is based on Cornell’s complex and pioneering book-object Untitled (Journal d’Agriculture Pratique) (c.1930s-40s), a French agricultural yearbook dating from 1911, which Cornell altered through cut-outs, drawings, collaged material, and origami. This is a significant study, since Cornell’s book-object is most likely the first artist’s book of its kind, and yet is a relatively unknown work.
The project includes a volume of scholarly essays, partial facsimile (with cut-outs and other unique handmade features), and CD-ROM digitally reproducing the pages of the book along with commentary – all packed in a wood-grain box.
This event is free and open to the public. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for sale at the signing.