The main focus of my internship was the curation of an exhibit for The Carle’s Reading Library Gallery, and this year’s subject was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in celebration of the book’s 150th publication anniversary. Tuesdays and Wednesdays were used as research days for this project, and over the course of seven weeks I built my exhibit: “Alice Is…”. The character of Alice has been depicted in a multitude of ways, and yet when we think of Alice we still often think of a dainty, blonde Victorian beauty. Each illustrator that tackles her story has offered a fresh take on who this little girl is, and I chose to shape my exhibit around the numerous physical changes that Alice has experienced.
The show was divided into four subsections. Alice is Changing focused on the first fresh representations of Alice from the early 20th century. Alice is Modernizing showed how her character changed with the fashions every decade, showcasing iterations of Alice from the 1920s up through some of the most current publications. Alice is Wonderland explored the ways in which Alice herself is both psychologically and visually tied to her own dreamland. The final subsection, Alice is Universal, took Alice out of the western world and focused on how she has been represented in Sweden, Aboriginal Australia, and South Korea. These international representations of Alice were of special importance to me, and I was excited to reach out to artists from around the world when sourcing imagery.