There is the Hôtel Beau-Séjour, Hôtel des Etrangers, Grand Hôtel de la Pomme d’Or, Hôtel du Nord, and many more. The man who never traveled made up his own Baedecker.
—Charles Simic, Dime-Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell.
One of our intrepid staff members was in Chicago this past weekend for a wedding. While there he visited The Art Institute of Chicago, which houses the largest public collection of Joseph Cornell’s work as part of the Lindy and Edwin Bergman Collection. Which of course meant that said staff member thought about Charles Simic’s book on Cornell, Dime-Store Alchemy, and led him to post these pictures.