Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871) have fascinated and inspired readers, scholars, and artists for the past 150 years. Through the text and especially its illustrations, readers have been invited to explore questions of self and identity. In Wonderland, Alice is taken out of her quotidian Victorian context, and left alone in a mysterious, semi-real world - the ideal position for an adventure of self-exploration. There she encounters a daunting series of reality-warping identity trials. Does her radical exploration deconstruct or build her character? Through books and ephemera, this exhibition presents diverse visual interpretations of Alice, and her physical and psychological challenges - offering Alice as a way to investigate the nature of identity.
Originally inspired by the Kiki Smth exhibition I Myself Have Seen It, this student-curated exhibition features antique and contemporary editions of the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, including illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Barry Moser, Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel, Peter Newell, Robert Sabuda, Ralph Steadman and many more.
Reception and Gallery Talk with curator Rachel Aisenson: Thursday, December 8, 2011, 7:00 pm.
Thursdays – Sundays, noon – 5:00 pm
Open until 7:00 pm on December 1
Open until 9:00 pm on December 8