Join Hauser & Wirth Publishers and Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, Alice Quinn, in the Bookshop for the second installment of Artist’s Choice: Winter Book Club, an ongoing series that brings Hauser & Wirth artists, visitors, and book lovers together for intimate discussions on writing and its links with contemporary art. Participants will discuss Diana Thater’s selection, ‘The Complete Alice,’ by Lewis Carroll.
‘In both ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass,’ Alice crosses a border; in one she falls down the rabbit hole, passing from aboveground to the world underground and in the other, through a mirror from the ‘right’ side to the ‘wrong’ side. Both underground and in reflection she finds a world not in reverse and, unexpectedly, not backward either; the opposite side of something is not what you’d reasonably expect it to be. Things aren’t just reversed; they’re running in all directions at once.
To be Lewis Carroll is to be a logician, standing aboveground, on the surface, and looking in from the ‘real’ side of the looking glass, and to understand very well what is possible to reason. But to be a little girl is to hover somewhere between logic and wonder, between the aboveground and the below, between one side of the mirror and the other, trying to make logic out of wonder so as never to lose it. To be Alice is to be a philosopher-child. It is to be on the wrong side of the mirror and to know that sense may be one thing but nonsense is many things.’
– Diana Thater on ‘The Complete Alice’
‘The Complete Alice’ is available for purchase at Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop.
Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from the Roth Bar.
Photo: Timothy Schenck