365 Days of Art: December 2 – MoMA Writes Back to Cornell

December 2, 2014

Cockatoo with Watch Faces, by Joseph Cornell, 1949

Cockatoo with Watch Faces, by Joseph Cornell, 1949

December 2, 1938

Miss Iris Barry of MoMA replies to Joseph Cornell’s letter of November 3:

Dear Mr. Cornell:

I am sorry to have kept you so long for an answer about the three films you so kindly let us examine. We should like to acquire THE PAPER DOLL (Paper White) and the untitled Eclair film about red Indians. Though they are all in rather bad condition, Mr. Kerns thinks that perhaps we can make something of them by duping…”

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His letter was so polite and kind, is it silly that I wish hers to him were nicer? She didn’t even ask if the injury he mentioned had healed…

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