Many saw the late Joseph Cornell, who lived and worked in Queens, as a man of mystery. Until his death in 1972, the reclusive genius created incredible surrealist assemblages and avant-garde films, which continue to be celebrated to this day. Bookstalls: Film, Poetry, and Performance in Celebration of Joseph Cornell, organized by another fellow Queens resident, poet laureate Paolo Javier, will bring together the art of Cornell with the words of poets and filmmakers who have been inspired by him. There will be readings by poet-scholars Alan Ramón Clinton and Elizabeth Willis and a collaborative film narration by Flushing-based poet and filmmaker Stephanie Gray as well as 16mm presentations of key films by Cornell, including Rose Hobart (1936), A Legend for Fountains (1957–1965), Angel (1957), and Centuries of June (1955).
Fri., Nov. 16, 7 p.m., 2012