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SPRING FEATURE

ALICE-RELATED FUN

~ To add a little extra magic, fancy capes are available for children to wear while touring the Almost Alice exhibition.

~ Before or after viewing the exhibition, spend some time relaxing in the Rabbit Hole Reading Nook, where an assortment of Alice books is available.

~ Special events geared to all ages will be taking place while the exhibition is at LASM, beginning with Alice in Wonderland Family Day on May 22.

~ A wonderful array of Alice-inspired merchandise can be found in The Museum Store.

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THE Many Fac

Lewis Carroll would grin like the Cheshire Cat if he knew just how inspirational Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1872) have been for artists over the past 130 years. Under various guises, Alice and her amusing companions have appeared in the work of photographers, filmmakers, painters, musicians, even toy makers and video game designers. Carroll’s absurd tale appeals to adults and children alike, conjuring vivid scenes in even the most unimaginative of readers’ minds. More than simply its charm, the nonsensical narrative possesses a strangeness, a twisting plot, and an absence of character and scenic detail that tempt artists to reinvent Alice over and over again.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898), under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, composed the tale originally titled Alice’s Adventures Underground to entertain 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her two sisters during an outing. Encouraged to write it down, he presented an elaborate hand-printed version along with 37 of his own illustrations to Miss Liddell as a Christmas present.

The revised and expanded narrative was later published in 1885 and included 42 illustrations, this time by Sir John Tenniel (1820–1914), a political cartoonist for Punch magazine. Carroll purportedly instructed Tenniel not to use the dark-haired Alice Liddell as the model, but another of his child friends instead. Tenniel refused this as well as most of Carroll’s demands, adopting his own aesthetic ideas. Yet he was true to the text, and Tenniel’s renderings of the little girl in billowing skirt,

LEFT: John Tenniel, illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865: Alice catches sight of the White Rabbit, the caterpillar, book cover.

ABOVE: Maggie Taylor, Birds of a Feather, 2007, archival pigment inkjet print. Copyright 2008 Maggie Taylor. Courtesy of Curatorial Assistance, Inc.

RIGHT: Anna Gaskell, Untitled #5 (Wonder series), 1996. Copyright Anna Gaskell. Courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert Paris, New York.

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