Lecture and play celebrates artist Joseph Cornell

September 18 2008

Terre Haute, IN - The Indiana State University departments of art and theater are sponsoring a lecture on American artist Joseph Cornell Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 pm in the Music Recital Hall in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided prior to the talk.

The lecture, "Discrete Collaboration: The Assemblages of Joseph Cornell," will be given by Brian Whisenhunt, executive director of the Swope Art Museum. It complements the Department of Theater's production of "Hotel Cassiopeia," a play by Charles Mee, which opens that night.

Prior to coming to Terre Haute, Whisenhunt, was manager of public programs at The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin. He earned a Master of Arts degree in art history from the University of Oklahoma.

"Hotel Cassiopeia" is based off Deborah Solomon's book, "Utopia Parkway," a biography of the life and work of Cornell. Primarily known for his assemblages, Cornell was profoundly influenced by the Surrealists in the creation of his "boxes." A self-taught artist, he spent a lifetime collecting artifacts from the everyday, which became the poetic subjects collaged in these sculptural vignettes, for which he is renowned.

Directed by Christopher Berchild, "Hotel Cassiopeia" runs Sept. 24-27, in the New Theater, located at 540 North Seventh Street. All shows begin at 7:30 pm and tickets are still available at the door or by calling 812-237-3333.

Following the opening night performance, the director, designers, and cast will be joined by Whisenhunt for a "Talk Back" session about the performance with audience members who wish to stay.

Special thanks to Indiana State's College of Arts & Sciences for making this event possible. For more information about the lecture, call 812-237-3720.

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Contact: Melissa Vandenberg, Director of University Art Gallery, 812-237-3787 or mvandenberg@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University departments of art and theater are sponsoring a lecture on American artist Joseph Cornell Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 pm in the Music Recital Hall in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided prior to the talk.

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