"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them

  • Joseph Cornell, "Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them , ca. 1957-1958, mixed media: painted and stained wood, glass, shells, driftwood, and paper, assembled, glued, and nailed, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.71

Title
"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny."--Carl Schurz, Address, Faneuil Hall, Boston, April 18, 1859. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Artist
Date
ca. 1957-1958
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
17 3/8 x 12 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (44.2 x 32.7 x 8.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
mixed media: painted and stained wood, glass, shells, driftwood, and paper, assembled, glued, and nailed
Classifications
Keywords
  • Mythology – classical – Auriga
  • Landscape – celestial – star
  • Animal – sheep
  • Animal – goat
  • Figure male
Object Number
1984.124.71
Palette
Linked Open Data
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