Glass-fronted box contains cockatoo and watches on display.

365 Days of Art: February 26 – Joseph Cornell Feeds the Birds, and Writes a Letter

Cockatoo with Watch Faces, by Joseph Cornell, 1949

February 26, 1963

Joseph Cornell, a birdwatcher and well-known lover of nature, writes a letter to his dealer Robert Schoelkopf in which he details some of his activities on this winter day:

Some extra peanuts were thrown to the bluejays–a more generous scattering of sunflower seeds for the squirrels, a coagulated hunk of dark brown sugar for the starlings…

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