In case (like me) you weren’t able to attend the LCSNA’s by-all-accounts-fabulous Fall meeting in Los Angeles, host USC’s campus newspaper the Daily Trojan offers a helpful recap, although alas with some errors and omissions–the most egregious being that the names George and Linda Cassady, and also Daniel Singer, should have been front and center along with talented artist Karen Mortillaro. In addition to partnering with Karen and Daniel on planning the entire event, the Cassadys offered a private tour of their awe-inspiring Carroll collection at USC that has attendees still buzzing. They are also the driving force behind the Wonderland Award mentioned in the article. And just as Karen welcomed members for a private look at her studio, Daniel Singer kindly opened his home to members for a viewing of his own substantial Carrollian collection, as well. Our thanks once again to all who contributed to making this meeting so extraordinary, both the wonderful speakers on the podium (real and virtually) and those working behind the scenes to make the magic happen. By all accounts, it was a weekend that all attendees marked with a white stone.
To read about it in the Daily Trojan, click me!
Karen Mortillaro: The White Rabbit
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, remember that this weekend is the LCSNA’s semi-annual meeting. Our meetings are always free and open to the public, and we have a great roster of speakers and events. Join us!
Visit our Events page for the details.
One of our mimsy minions just forwarded us this information about the “interactive installation” Alice in Berlin, which is now coming to Brooklyn, NY this week from 9/27-29, and then to Chicago on October 19-20th. To read more about this project, click me.
We have just received this notice of a new multimedia art exhibit that will run in Chicago through November 5th (the Opening Reception is free):
“”The Mad Hatter’s Tea party” is a Multi-media wacky, whimsical group art show including mixed media sculpture, soft sculpture, 3-D photography, paintings inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and other classical story-books. Much of the artwork displayed consists of allegories and reinterpretation of traditional rich text, yet trying to be faithful to the narrative and its surreal context.
A few party related events during the show period:
Opening Reception: September 14. Costumes recommended. 6 -9 pm
Collectors night: September 16 by appointment, 847-224-9344 or: email@example.com
Mime/movement with Masks performance with Marianna Buchwald: TBA
“Alice” or “Dancing with Alice”: an interactive film, and Q & A with producer Ruth Sergel: October 19 -20. Time TBA.
Artists & Performers: If you would like to participate in this show, you can submit by visiting: http://www.outoflineartstudio.com/ under ‘contact’, or by clicking this link: http://www.outoflineartstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Call-for-Art.doc
: During the show period (until November 5) I plan to hold a few events. If any book fan would be interested in participating in a salon- discussion or in any of the events listed in the attachment, they are welcome to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone: 847-224-9344.
Out of Line Art Gallery
2812 W. Chicago ave, Chicago IL
Alice Liddell has made the front page of the New York Times again! This time, it’s an image of Alice as the mythical figure “Pomona,” as photographed by Lewis Carroll’s contemporary, Julia Margaret Cameron. The Metropolitan Museum in NYC has opened a new exhibit of 38 Cameron images. The exhibit runs through January 5th, 2014. To read more, click me.
We recently received the following note from Mabel Odessey, an American artist living in France:
I am contacting you about my current exhibition/installation at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. the exhibition opened on Alice Day July 6 and will run till the end of August so there is still time to catch it!
The subject of these pinhole photographs are marionnettes made by the English artist Margaret Littleton Cook (1940s). They explore the characters as representations of psycological states and Alice’s dream of wonderland as a spiritual journey. To come upon images in the garden unexpectedly much like Alice was confronted by characters in the books will give her psychological journey a geographic sense.
Each character Alice encounters on her journey represents a disturbing emotion that must be transformed in order to reach enlightenment. Carroll calls the Queen of Hearts the embodiment of anger. Lewis Carroll the logician brings up many philosophical debates in the books. He uses nonsense to explore concepts such as time, perception, impermanence, duality, identity and the role of language. Using marionettes as subjects echoes this playful approach.
Using the historic process of pinhole photography give the images a particular resonance and there is no denying the connection between the upside down back to front world behind the looking glass and the positive and negative in photography. Not to mention Carroll’s interest in perception and photography.
The installation considers the qualities of different spaces in the garden and uses the shady places for the darker more mysterious photographs, and more open spaces to echo the images of understanding and clarity. Visitors will have a unique experience of the images as the light and the garden change throughout the day and season.
So, if you’re in the Oxford vicinity and enjoy gardens, marionettes, and/or Alice-themed art, you have until the end of August to view this al fresco exhibit.
Here’s a belated nod to LCSNA member Cathy Rubin’s HuffPost article about this year’s Alice’s Day at Oxford. While the event was held on July 6th, you might still enjoy reading a bit about its history, and following the links to read about the events that were held this year. To read the article, click me.
The LCSNA’s own Charlie Lovett (a former president) will be in New York City to promote his recently published novel The Bookman’s Tale. Charlie will talk about, read from, and sign his book (which does contain Carrollian references) at Barnes and Noble on the Upper East Side (86th and Lexington) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday June 26. The Bookman’s Tale is the current Barnes & Noble Recommends title, was in the New York Times Extended Bestseller List in its first week of release, and has been recommended by People Magazine, Parade Magazine, The LA Times, and many other publications. For more information, check out Charlie’s website: www.charlielovett.com. Charlie is hoping to see a great LCSNA turnout at the New York signing!
The New York Public Library has a new exhibit entitled The ABC of it: Why Children’s Books Matter that explores both the importance and potency of children’s literature. The exhibit draws from books over time and around the world, combining both well-known classics with lesser-known gems. Lewis Carroll’s famous “Beggar Girl” photograph of Alice Liddell is one of the items on display, and is also part of the slideshow for this NY Times article about the exhibit.
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There is a new exhibit at the Issy les Moulineaux (in the suburbs of Paris) with the theme of cards and games in Lewis Carroll’s works. Stylezza.com offers an article describing the exhibit. The article has been translated into English, so the word choice is sometimes less than ideal, but you’ll get the gist of it. The article also includes a brief slideshow. To view the article, click here. If anyone is in the area and goes to the exhibit, please send us a paragraph about it!