Alice in Pittsburgh: Two photography exhibitions courtesy of the Silver Eye Center

The Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA is currently offering a two-for-one deal on Wonderland-inspired photography exhibits. (Actually, both exhibitions are free and open to the public, which makes it an even better deal.)

These Strange Adventures: The Art of Maggie Taylor
May 14 – August 21, 2010. Admission Free.
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh

Maggie Taylor is an artist of the digital imaging process. The exhibition features 40 of her photo montages created from 2003 to 2009, including 23 works from the project “Almost Alice: New Illustrations of Wonderland.” The illustrations were united with the text in 2008 in the now hard-to-find Modernbook Editions edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You can see more of the illustrations on this website.

The great puzzle, 2006, © Maggie Taylor

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Photographs by Abelardo Morell
May 7 – June 25, 2010 (Reception June 4). Admission Free.
707 Penn & 709 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Abelardo Morell, like Maggie Taylor, sculpts digital images but the results are strikingly different. This exhibition features fifteen images which were created by combining cutouts of Tenniel’s illustrations with Morell’s own photographs. The exhibition has been organized by the Silver Eye Center for Photography as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Photographs by Abelardo Morell

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Photographs by Abelardo Morell

People of Pittsburgh, have you seen these exhibitions? What did you think of them?


Mad Tea Party and Guided Tours at the Rosenbach, PA

Alice considered a little, and then said, "Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick. Get vaccinated."

Now that the Alice pandemic has reached the WHO-defined Phase 6, “increased and sustained transmission in general population,” the last few weeks have felt a bit like blogging through the looking-glass: it seems to take all the blogging we can do to keep in the same place. To actually inform our readers of events in advance, well, we would have to blog at least twice as fast as that.

With that excuse, it’s time for a mention of tomorrow’s Mad Tea Party at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philidelphia. Registration is now closed, but attendees have been promised a look at the library’s first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and lots and lots of tea (we hope proper saucer usage will be observed).
Over the next few weeks the library will be offering a tour of Carrollian items in their collection:

This tour will explore both the man and the author, drawing on letters from Dodgson to his publishers, original drawings by John Tenniel (the illustrator of the Alice books) photographs of children taken by Carroll, and, of course, copies of his books.

The tours promises to be “hands on,” but mind the marmalade please. LCSNA members who discover sticky fingerprints on the museum collection during the Spring Meeting on April 24th will take the matter very seriously.

Rosenbach Museum and Library, Philadelphia PA

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 – 3:00pm
Sunday, March 14, 2010 – 3:00pm
Friday, March 19, 2010 – 3:00pm