Joseph Cornell was a New York Based artist who was know for his surrealist art and his avant-garde films. Cornell was born and raised in New York and then died in New York in 1972 at the age of 69. Some of Cornell’s “best known” works would be Shadow Box’s or Cabinet’s of curiosities. These cabinets were ” were small collections of extraordinary objects which, like today’s museums, attempted to categorise and tell stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world.” (http://www.bl.uk/learning/timeline/item107648.html)
When Cornell would create a shadow box, the items in the box were typically found objects.