Moore Adventures in Wonderland at The Rosenbach Museum & Library

Moore Adventures in Wonderland will uncover the unexpected connections between Lewis Carroll, famed author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and 20th-Century poet Marianne Moore. Inspired by the Rosenbach’s extensive Carroll and Moore collections and the whimsical qualities of the exhibition space, Johnson will create a poetic archive and a hyper-visual experience of Alice Through the Looking Glass using photography, illustration, digital collage and selected objects from the Museum’s collections. Much like early museums, the elements of the exhibition aim to represent collections and “cabinets of wonder” but also reflect the desire to collect and in particular Moore’s propensity to hoard any variety of objects which struck her fancy. Johnson’s installation will lead the viewer on a journey through a conceptual rabbit hole, only to realize at the end of the journey that, like Alice, one hasn’t really travelled at all, but sees the surroundings in a new light.

Marianne Moore (1887 – 1972) was a Modernist American poet and writer and a central figure in New York Modernism. The Rosenbach houses The Moore Collection, including a recreation of Moore’s living room – where she worked for more than forty years – just as she once lived in it. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Moore’s complete library, with many personally inscribed and annotated books from her friends and contemporaries including Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and Elizabeth Bishop, is part of the Rosenbach collections in addition to drafts of her poetry, correspondence and unpublished memoirs. The collection is a unique literary repository, preserving intact a comprehensive record of a writer’s intellectual development.

This commission is made possible by a grant from the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and the Samuel S. Fels Fund.

Open through June 6, 2010

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