Michael Cunningham

  • JOSEPH CORNELL: SOAP BUBBLE SET (LUNAR RAINBOW, SPACE OBJECT)

    I must have been taken by my parents to see the Joseph Cornell boxes at the Art Institute of Chicago as a little boy. Although I don’t remember seeing anything by Cornell so early in life (we left Chicago when I was six), I do know that when I was very young and I heard the word “art” I thought automatically of something mysterious and beautiful, insistently but obscurely meaningful, contained within a box.

    I drew and painted obsessively from around the age of five, and I created rudimentary dioramas in shoe boxes, usually involving my own clay figures, a toy or two, and a picture from a magazine.