On Memorial Day, the de Young is open, but the Legion of Honor will be closed.
Plan your visit at famsf.org
Rounded Square with Long Layered Leaves Clip-Ons$75.00 $67.50 Members
Bags & Purses
Kehinde Wiley Morpheus Basketball$275.00 $247.50 Members
Ansel Adams Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, Yosemite National Park Poster$30.00 $27.00 Members
Ansel Adams 400 Photographs (SC)$29.99 $27.00 Members
The first major work to examine Joseph Cornell's relationship to American modernism.
Joseph Cornell (1903–1972) is best known for his exquisite and alluring box constructions, in which he transformed found objects—such as celestial charts, glass ice cubes, and feathers—into enchanted worlds that blur the boundaries between fantasy and the commonplace. Situating Cornell within the broader artistic, cultural, and political debates of midcentury America, this innovative and interdisciplinary account reveals enchantment's relevance to the history of American modernism.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Marci Kwon explores Cornell's attempts to convey enchantment—an ephemeral experience that exceeds rational explanation—in material form. Examining his box constructions, graphic design projects, and cinematic experiments, she shows how he turned to formal strategies drawn from movements like Transcendentalism and Romanticism to figure the immaterial. Kwon provides new perspectives on Cornell's artistic and graphic design career, bringing vividly to life a wide circle of acquaintances that included artists, poets, writers, and filmmakers such as Mina Loy, Lincoln Kirstein, Frank O’Hara, and Stan Brakhage. Cornell's participation in these varied milieus elucidates enchantment's centrality to midcentury conversations about art's potential for power and moral authority, and reveals how enchantment and modernity came to be understood as opposing forces. Leading contemporary artists such as Betye Saar and Carolee Schneemann turned to Cornell's enchantment as a resource for their own anti-racist, feminist projects. Hardcover, 272 pages.
Museum members receive 10% off all items from our museum stores, including sale items and custom Art on Demand prints.
Every purchase in our stores directly supports the collections and exhibitions of the de Young & Legion of Honor museums.