Gallery Talk: The Artist’s Eye with Andrea Grover

Aurora Picture Show co-founder presents a trio of films by Joseph Cornell

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Three seldom-seen treasures hit the screen for Gallery Talk: The Artist’s Eye with Andrea Grover. For her installment of the monthly series, The Aurora Picture Show co-founder unearthed a trio of rare Joseph Cornell films from the Menil’s stores. “There are so many films in the archives that no one’s aware exist,” she says. “Also, I don’t think most people are aware that Joseph Cornell made experimental films.” Grover chose Jack’s Dream and Thimble Theater, two shorts which utilize surrealistic narrative and puppetry in a collage-style format. The film was shot by Cornell, known better for his art boxes than his filmmaking, and edited by his assistant-turned-filmmaker Larry Jordan. The third film, Cornell, 1965, is Jordan’s cinematic homage to his mentor. “It’s got the only existing footage of Cornell,” says Grover. 3 p.m. The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org. Free.
Sun., Jan. 4, 3 p.m., 2009

 
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