Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Family Day at the Ransom Center

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Family Day at the Ransom Center

Visit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Saturday, April 25, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and revel in activities that are free the young and young at heart. You are able to be involved in writing activities with teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program or build relationships Lewis Carroll–inspired math activities with local math literacy organization Math Happens. University of Texas at Austin museum theater students will lead visitors through the galleries. Additional activities include docent-led exhibition tours and story times when you look at the theater. Family days are generously supported by a grant through the Austin Community Foundation, with in-kind support supplied by Terra Toys.

Below is a detailed schedule:

Teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program will lead activities that are writing the top the hour from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Join a tour that is docent-led of exhibition at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Enjoy story time into the theater at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Follow University of Texas at Austin museum theater students through the galleries between 10 a.m. and noon.

Complete Lewis Carroll–inspired math activities with Math Happens while you tour the galleries.

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Before and After: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” Movie Jecktors

The exhibition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland features two 1933 toy paper film strips called Movie Jecktors. The movie strips portray two of the most memorable components of the Alice story: “Down the Rabbit Hole” and “The Mad Hatter.” Images and text are printed in three colors on 35? strips of translucent paper. The strips are rolled onto wooden dowels and kept in colorfully printed boxes that are little. The Movie Jecktors might have been used with a toy film projector to create a simple animation.

The Ransom Center’s Movie Jecktors required conservation before they may be safely displayed within the galleries. Both the wooden dowel additionally the storage box, which can be made from wood pulp cardboard, had a high acid content. An acidic environment is harmful to paper. The Movie Jecktors had become brittle and discolored, and there were many tears and losses into the paper. The film strips have been repaired in past times with pressure-sensitive tapes (the tape that is common all used to wrap gifts). These tapes are never suitable for repairing paper that people hope to preserve because they deteriorate and often darken over time and are also tough to remove once set up.

Because the Ransom Center’s paper conservator, I removed the tapes using a heated tool and reduced the remainder adhesive using a crepe eraser. I mended the tears and filled the losses using paper that is japanese wheat starch paste. The japanese paper was pre-toned with acrylic paint to allow these additions to blend with the original paper for the fills. Areas of ink loss were not recreated.

Visitors to the exhibition can see the certain areas of the filmstrips that were damaged, but those areas are actually stabilized much less distracting. This kind of treatment reflects the practice of conservation to preserve, not “restore,” the object’s appearance that is original. Libraries, archives, and museums today often pick the conservation approach given that it allows researchers as well as other visitors a significantly better knowledge of the object’s history, including damages that occurred, which might talk with the materials found in the object’s creation.

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Easter hours weekend

The Ransom Center will likely be open throughout Easter weekend, including on Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, as well as on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Free docent-led gallery tours occur daily at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. No reservations are required.

Admission is free. Your donation will offer the Ransom Center’s exhibitions and public programs. Parking information and a map can be obtained online.

Please also be conscious that the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.

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John Crowley, whose archive resides during the Ransom Center, is an American composer of fantasy, science fiction, and mainstream fiction. He published his first novel, The Deep, in 1975, and his 14th number of fiction, Lord Byron’s Novel: The Evening Land, in 2005. He has got taught creative writing at Yale University since 1993. A special 25 th -anniversary edition of his novel Little, Big is likely to be published this spring. Below, he shares how Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s that is classic Adventures Wonderland influenced his own work.

A critical (best sense) reader of could work once wrote a complete essay about allusions to and quotes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland books in a novel of mine called Little, Big—a very Alice kind of title in the first place. A number of the quotes and allusions, while certainly there, were unconscious; the turns of phrase and paradoxes and names in those books are so ingrained they simply form part of my vocabulary in me that. I first heard them read out: my older sister read them to me whenever I was about eight years old. I don’t remember my reaction to Alice in Wonderland—except for absorbing it wholly—because for many books read or heard at certain moments in childhood, there isn’t any first reading: such books enter the mind and soul as though that they had always been there. I actually do remember my reaction to Through the Looking Glass: i came across it unsettlingly weird, dark, dreamlike (it really is in fact the greatest dream-book ever written). The shop where in fact the shopkeeper becomes a sheep, then dissolves into a pond with Alice rowing while the sheep within the stern knitting (!)—it wasn’t scary, however it was eerie because it so exactly replicated the movements of places and things and individuals within my dreams, of which I was then becoming a connoisseur. How did this book realize about such things?

Another profound connection I have with Alice I only discovered—in delight—some years back in (of all of the places) the Wall Street Journal. In an article about odd cognitive and sensory disorders, it described “Alice in Wonderland syndrome:” “Named after Lewis Carroll’s famous novel, this neurological condition makes objects (including one’s own parts of the body) seem smaller, larger, closer or higher distant than they are really. It’s more common in childhood, often at the onset of sleep, and might disappear by adulthood…”

We have tried to describe this syndrome to people for many years, and never once met anyone who recognized it from my descriptions. In my experience it’s more odd a sense than this, and much more ambivalent: personally i think (or felt, as a child, almost never any more) as if my hands and feet are huge amounts of miles distant from my head and heart, but during the time that is same am enormously, infinitely large, and so those parts have been in the same spatial regards to myself as ever, and on occasion even monstrously closer. It had been awesome in the sense that is strict not scary or horrid, uncomfortable but additionally intriguing. I wonder if Carroll (Dodgson, rather) had this syndrome. I’ve thought of including it back at my resume: “John Crowley was born when you look at the appropriately town that is liminal of Isle, Maine, so when a kid suffered from or delighted in Alice in Wonderland syndrome.”

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