New Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibit at Met Museum Features Alice Liddell

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.

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Alice-Themed Pinhole Photography Exhibition at Oxford Botanic Garden

We recently received the following note from Mabel Odessey, an American artist living in France:

“Hello,

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.

Kind Regards,
Mabel”

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.
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Why Children’s Books Matter at NY Public Library

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.

If you attend the exhibit, add a Comment to this post and tell us what you thought!

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Alice at Wonder Cards Land Exhibit in Paris Suburbs

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!

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