Our Fall meeting in New York is shaping up to be a great one! We now have a confirmed slate of speakers, so make your plans now. Meeting will be October 15, 2016 at NYU’s Fales Library. Speakers will be:
- Marvin Taylor and his colleague will speak about the exhibition they mounted in the Bobst as part of the Alice150 festivities, entitled “‘Go Ask Alice’: Alice, Wonderland, and Popular Culture.”
- Monica Edinger and some of her students will give us a presentation about her use of Alice in her elementary classroom at the Dalton School.
- Matt Demakos will speak about his research concerning The Walrus and the Carpenter.
- Jan Susina will give a talk tentatively titled “Alice in the Academy: The Alice Books in the College Curriculum,” which should make for some robust conversation paired with Monica’s talk.
- Dana Walrath will talk on her graphic novel Aliceheimers and her use of Alice in Wonderland in making sense of the world of Alzheimer’s. You can see Dana’s TEDx talk here, and order her book here.
As those of you who are coming to our upcoming Spring meeting are aware, our fellow Carrollian’s exhibition of Disney Alice memorabilia is now on exhibit at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore. Animation Scoop magazine just posted an online interview on their blog, check it out!
From our Russian correspondent we have news of a fantastic exhibition in Moscow including a statue of Lewis Carroll! From the Moscow Times:
The exhibition “Alice in Wonderland” is dedicated to the anniversary of the famous book by Lewis Carroll. It opened recently in Saltykov-Chertkovs mansion. The location for the exhibition is not accidental. The famous writer, mathematician, logician, philosopher, deacon and photographer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) spent his whole life, without leaving his native England. However, there is one country for which he made an exception, and that was Russia. In 1867 Lewis Carroll made his first and only trip abroad – to Russia. He visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Sergiev Posad. He came to our country with the mission of supporting cooperation between the Anglican and Orthodox churches. In Moscow he visited the famous library in the mansion Chertkov on Myasnitskaya Street. After a century and a half, an exhibition dedicated to his “Alice” was opened at this museum.
The Moscow exhibition is made on the principle of “opening episodes”, each visitor will be able to look at the story told by Carroll more volume. In addition to illustrations of produced for the book throughout the years, the exhibition will have the honor of presenting the beautiful stained-glass windows by British artist Geoffrey Webb for the first time, which decorate the chapel in Daresbury, Cheshire, in the cherished home of the famous writer.
On a show space of 1500 square meters, fantasy worlds come alive for both children and adults. As soon as visitors step into the old mansion they will feel that it is not just a house, but a real place of wonders. There is a seven-meter mirror, the ‘looking glass’ through which Alice entered a different world, a “hanging” library, a “disappearing garden”, the largest kaleidoscope in Europe, the throne room of the Red and the White Queen, a room of dreams, Alice’s lawn, a Jabberwock skeleton, and of course the White Rabbit’s house. In addition, visitors can relax on cushions in the cinema and see restored fragments of the original silent film “Alice in Wonderland”, which was directed in the UK by Cecil M. Hepworth in 1903. In the Gothic hall, visitors will see the first multi-illusion “100 Stories” illustrations for “Alice in Wonderland” by Sir John Tenniel, which are now recognized canonical pieces.
Visit this site for details and tickets. Runs through March 1st, 2016.
Make your travel plans, put in for personal days, block off your calendars! The Spring LCSNA meeting will be April 14 through 17, in the Baltimore/Washington area. We are being treated to a mini-conference by the member/collector/scholar families who live there: the Imholtzes, the Crandalls, and the Schaefer/Salinses. Highlights include events at the Library of Congress; the landmark Imholtz exhibition at the U of Maryland; hearing from Ellie Schaefer-Salins, Diane Waggoner, Michael Dirda, and George Walker; and an exhibition of Disneyana mounted by the Crandalls. We will also be welcomed to these members’ homes for social events each day. Don’t miss this opportunity for more of the kind of learning, inspiration, and camaraderie you enjoyed–or wish you had–in New York last fall! Members should look for your meeting notice to arrive via email/snail mail in early March, and nonmembers can check the LCSNA website to register then as well. Looking forward to being with the Carroll community soon!
Carrollian April Lynn James (aka Madison Hatta) will be presenting Wonderland of Whimsy: Poetry in Celebration of Lewis Carroll at The Swerve at the Mt. Airy Garage on October 3rd at 7pm, admission $5. This is one of many events in celebration of Alice150, if you are in the Philadelphia area don’t miss it as April is exceptionally entertaining. From the Swerve page:
Bring your most whimsical, Tea-lightful (and G-rated) poems inspired by Alice and her adventures (in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass), childhood, Lewis Carroll, Snarks, Fairies or life in general to our Open Mic. Your hosts for the evening will be April Lynn James, PhD and her alter ego, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer. They will share selections from their new chapbook, Madison Hatta’s Book of Unreasonable Rhymes (forthcoming from Philly’s own Moonstone Press). Jazz backbeats to the spoken words provided by Tank & Co.
MT. AIRY ART GARAGE
11 West Mt. Airy Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Something really cool is happening this month in honor of Alice 150 – a giant social, open source, public domain, digital publishing event all centered around Alice. Sponsored by and hosted on Medium, a social writing platform created by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams.
This event invites anyone to publish their own digital version of Alice using public domain art or their own. A dozen noted Carrollians – including our fearless leader Stephanie Lovett – will each annotate a chapter of Alice. In addition, artists are also being commissioned to create new illustrations – more to follow. For details on this and how to be a part of it, check out the event page and join the fun! Medium have done some of the legwork already:
To help people get started, we are hosting the original text, formatted for Medium, which participants are free to copy and use to build their own digital editions. We have also gathered many public domain art works inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, including the original illustrations accompanying the first edition by Sir John Tenniel, illustrations from Arthur Rackham, two silent black and white movie adaptations and other inspirations, which participants are free to use in addition to their own art.
Carrollians Ellie Schaefer-Salins, Matt Crandall, and Wendy Lane Crandall will be on a panel at this weekend’s DC comic book convention, Awesome-Con. The panel is Friday, May 29th (that’s today) at 6PM. From the convention schedule:
Why is a Raven like an IPad? The 150-Year Transmedia Evolution of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Friday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, room 145 B. 2015 is the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice has gone down the rabbit hole in films, TV shows, comic books, and even video games. This panel examines the impact of Alice on media, art, and modern culture.
This panel is presented by the Lean & Hungry Theater Company, who will be presenting their own adaptation of Alice on June 14th. Details will be available at the panel, and at their website.
Scienceworks museum in Spotswood Australia has opened a new interactive exhibit to introduce science and math concepts to children. Running through October.
Apparently it’s not just us Carrollians who’ve taken notice of the big 1-5-0, game designers have too. Take this for instance, a Gamejolt Jam, which is apparently a challenge to come up with games based on a theme, has a new Alice jam scheduled for June 27 – July 3. The rules are simple:
- Base your game on the Alice in Wonderland book or characters
- Include the mystery theme (this will be announced at the beginning of the jam)
- Create the game within the jam period, including any graphics and audio
- Entries can be from individuals or teams
- Upload your game to Game Jolt and tag it with #alicejam150
Go for it!
Quite a nice article in Forbes that discusses Anya in Wonderland by Nabokov under pseudonym, Dali, Steadman, and more at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin now through July 6th. For those attending the Spring meeting you’ll get to visit up close and personal as this is where the meeting takes place!