“A beguilingly beautiful exhibition.”
-Boston Globe

“The definitive Cornell exhibition for a generation or more.”
-The Providence Journal

One of this summer’s “most notable new and upcoming art shows.”
-USA Today

Salem, Mass.—If you haven’t seen the exhibition Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination at the Peabody Essex Museum yet, this is your last chance.

Closing Aug. 19, 2007, the critically acclaimed exhibition is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in more than 26 years. Featuring 180 works—including the artist’s finest box constructions, collages, dossiers, films and graphic designs—Navigating the Imagination presents new insights into this fascinating artist, illuminating the richness of ideas he explored across all media. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, chief curator of the Peabody Essex Museum, and widely published scholar on Cornell, is curator of Navigating the Imagination.

For the first time, Cornell’s films and a greater range of his collages are shown in the company of the box constructions for which he is best known. The thematically organized exhibition mingles series and media across four decades of Cornell’s career for a fascinating look at the concepts and ideas explored by this influential artist.

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination travels to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where it will be on view from Oct. 6, 2007 through Jan. 6, 2008.

The exhibition’s microsite can be found at


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