Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

30 Jun 2015

Let TIME determine your Wonderland soul mate

"Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has enchanted artists, thinkers and readers in the last century and a half, partly because of its wonderful clash of characters, from the curious to the brave to the chronically decapitating. Take TIME’s quiz and find out which one is most like you."

29 Jun 2015

Alice in Bookland

collage: Adriana Peliano


Curated by Mark Burstein May 18-August 24 

" Alice in Bookland celebrates the 150th anniversary (“sesquicen-Tenniel”) of the original Macmillan publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865. Once thought of as a quaint Victorian children’s book, Alice is now the most quoted novel in existence, and among the most widely illustrated and translated. Since the publication of Martin Gardner’s Annotated Alice in 1960, it is also one of the most studied by the academic community, and continues to be a much beloved presence in our culture, with many adaptations in cinema, theater, musicals, opera, and ballet, on websites and merchandise, and more. Lewis Carroll Societies thrive in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Brazil. Naturally, the book has a long bibliophilic history as well. Though collectors may especially desire one of the suppressed first printings, one copy of which sold for $1.5 million in 1998, this exhibition focuses on the fine press editions. 

 After the copyright of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandexpired in 1907, a host of editions, authorized and not, sprang forth. Many of these are on view in the exhibition. They include a version illustrated by Arthur Rackham, the limited edition bearing the illuminations of Salvador Dalí (1969), a Black Sun Press volume with pictures by Marie Laurencin (1930), and the Cheshire Cat Press editions (1988 and 1998), hand-typeset on handmade paper with fine bindings by Eleanor Ramsey." continue...

 "A former Printer’s Devil of the Roxburghe Club, Mark Burstein claims to be genetically predisposed to loving the Alice books. He has served the Lewis Carroll Society of North America as chairman of the publication committee; editor of its magazine, Knight Letter; series editor of The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll; vice president; and president. In addition, he has edited, introduced, or contributed to fourteen books on Carroll, including, as editor and art director, the forthcoming Annotated Alice: The 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (W. W. Norton, fall 2015) and Alice in Wonderland: Dodgson, Dalí, and the Fourth Dimension (Princeton University Press, fall 2015)."

The mad tea party is about to begin!

The Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Project is launching on Wednesday, the 1st of July 2015!

" The long awaited book is going for sale on Join the 150Alice community of backers, fans, artists, advisors and the team by heading down to the Indiegogo campaign page (link to be made available when the campaign is launched) and back our project today! Do your part and help make our goal of building an art school for children in Mongolia a reality! 

 MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT The Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Project is a 300-paged, vividly illustrated version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This exquisite version of the book is illustrated by 150 talented artists from 42 different countries, and is published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the original book. 

 All profits from the project will go towards educating children in Mongolia about art and creativity. Help us take a closer step towards building an art school in Mongolia by backing the project. Every single dollar goes a long way, so head down to the campaign page today to find out more about the book, our charity initiative, and back our cause!"

150Alice: The Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Project

28 Jun 2015

Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland at The Morgan Library & Museum, June 26 – October 11, 2015



“Visitors to Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland will encounter the fascinating and often surprising story behind the making of one of the world’s true literary classics.”

Peggy Fogelman, Acting Director of the Morgan Library & Museum.

Tenniel, John, 1820-1914, The White Rabbit Looking at his Watch; Studies of the Head of the White Rabbit and of Alice [drawing], .1860s, 1982.11:1

John Tenniel (1820–1914), The White Rabbit, 1864-1865, Preparatory drawing, graphite with pen and brown ink on paper. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Gale, The Morgan Library & Museum, Photography by Steven H. Crossot, 2014

Tenniel, John, 1820-1914, White Rabbit [print], 19th century.1 print, 2005.191

John Tenniel (1820–1914), The White Rabbit, 1885, Hand-colored proof. Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., The Morgan Library & Museum, Photography by Steven H. Crossot, 2014