Cost: $8 (VMFA members $5)

VMFA Book Club: Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell by Deborah Soloman

Thu, Apr 20, 5:30–7:30 PM

Conference Room 1

Medici Slot Machine, mid-1950s to early 1960s, Joseph Cornell (American, 1903–1972), wood and glass box with plexiglas, photograph, child’s blocks, ribbon. Gift of the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation

The mysterious 20th century American artist Joseph Cornell created collaged shadow boxes in the basement of his home for most of his life. Despite his minimal contact with the outside world, his works straddled Surrealism, Pop Art, and Abstract Expressionism. Considered a recluse and an “outsider” artist, this biography delves into his legendary life and unique art.

VMFA Book Club: Using books about artists or works of art currently on view at VMFA to pique curiosity and open discussions, VMFA Book Club explores these specific works of art as well as the setting and period surrounding the art.


NOTE: Reading the book is helpful but not required. The VMFA Shop stocks a limited supply of each book.