Now Screening: Shakespeare Film Series

By Kathleen Telling

The Ransom Center presents its Shakespeare Film Series in conjunction with the current exhibition Shakespeare in Print and Performance, on view through May 29, 2016.

From the stage to the silver screen, the works of William Shakespeare have captivated audiences since the earliest days of his playwriting. Reimagining the Bard’s famed productions, Hollywood has produced countless creations both adapted from and inspired by the works of Shakespeare. In conjunction with Shakespeare in Print and Performance, the Ransom Center screens four Shakespeare-related films to complement the exhibition: Hamlet, The Dresser, Titus, and Theatre of Blood.

Screenings are free and open to the public. The Ransom Center’s Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Laurence Olivier in <em>Hamlet</em> (1949)
Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (1949)


Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.

 Sir Laurence Olivier directed and starred in Hamlet (1949). The first non-American film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, its stark black and white designs reflect the desire to present the stories of Shakespeare as epics existing outside of time—an approach that mirrors the designs of Edward Gordon Craig and Norman Bel Geddes featured in the exhibition. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 155 minutes, not rated.



<em>The Dresser</em> (1983)
The Dresser (1983)

The Dresser

Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m.

Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser (1983) is a WWII story of a deteriorating veteran Shakespeare actor (played by Albert Finney) whose personal assistant (Tom Courtenay) must rally the old man before each of his demanding performances. Harwood was the dresser to Donald Wolfit, whose repertory company performed across the U.K. during the Blitz, and whose papers reside at the Ransom Center. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Ransom Center members are invited to a reception at 6 p.m. prior to the film. Runtime 118 minutes, rated PG.



Anthony Hopkins in <em>Titus</em> (1999)
Anthony Hopkins in Titus (1999)


Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.

Director Julie Taymor’s Titus (1999) is a stunningly designed film adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, with Anthony Hopkins starring as Titus Andronicus. Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers co-star. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 162 minutes, rated R.




Vincent Price in <em>Theatre of Blood</em> (1973)
Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood (1973)

Theatre of Blood
Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m.

Vincent Price stars in Theatre of Blood (1973), a cult classic about a maligned actor who invites all of his worst critics to an abandoned theater and kills them off one-by-one in the manner of Shakespearean tragedies. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 104 minutes, rated R.





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Historic San Jacinto battle flags on view at the Bullock

Newport Rifle Company San Jacinto Battle Flag, Courtesy State Preservation Board, Austin, TX; Original Artist: Beard, James Henry; Photographer: Thomson, Fonda; post 1990; post conservation

San Jacinto Battle Flag from 1835. This historic painted silk flag with Lady Liberty carrying a cutlass with the banner “liberty or death” was carried by Texian troops through the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. It, together with four other flags present at the battle, is on view at the Bullock Museum through August 2016.


In honor of San Jacinto Day on April 21, five historic flags present at the Battle of San Jacinto are on view at the Bullock Texas State History Museum now through August 2016. Fought on April 21, 1836 near present-day Houston, the battle was the decisive conflict of the Texas Revolution.

Led by General Sam Houston, the Texian Army defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army at the Battle of San Jacinto — a fight that lasted 18 minutes. The victory ended the Texas Revolution, which began in October 1835 when the first shot was fired at the Battle of Gonzalez. The outcome of the San Jacinto battle gained Texas its independence from Mexico.

Flags on view include the Newport Rifles Company battle flag, three Mexican battalion flags — Matamoros, Toluca and Guerrero — and a Mexican guidon. Several of the Mexican flags were present at the siege of the Alamo. This marks the first time in 180 years that these flags have been displayed together.

The Newport Rifles Company battle flag, also known as the San Jacinto Battle Flag, was carried through the Battle of San Jacinto by Texian volunteer troops who arrived from Kentucky to fight under the command of General Sidney Sherman. The only remaining flag in the state carried by Texan forces, it normally hangs in the Texas State Capitol behind the podium used by the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives when in session.

The five Texas-Revolution era battle flags are on view in the Bullock Museum’s second floor permanent gallery through August, 2016.

To learn more about the Bullock Museum and its exhibits, visit or call 512-936-8746.

Bullock Museum hours:
Monday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm
Plan your visit

1800 N Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Coming soon: Peruvian Photography at the Blanton

Opening Saturday, April 23, the Blanton Museum of Art presents Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015, featuring more than 40 works from a transformational period of artistic growth, political turmoil, and social engagement in Peru. Realized in collaboration with the university’s Harry Ransom Center, this exhibition will present photographs from their esteemed collection alongside new Blanton acquisitions. The exhibition further explores the influence of an important generation of photographers working in Peru during the 1970s and 1980s on the practices of a younger generation working since the 1990s. Fixing Shadows includes works by Fernando La Rosa, Mariella Agois, Carlos Domínguez, Milagros de la Torre, and Pablo Hare, among others.

Woman with child and photograph of missing husband

Loans from the Ransom Center’s Photography Collection and William P. Wright Collection of Peruvian Photography will comprise works by key artists active during the 1970s and 1980s, while the Blanton will present new acquisitions by artists working from the 1990s through the present. Together, the collections chronicle the history of Peruvian photography from the last five decades and will evidence changing attitudes concerning the role of the medium in relation to art and social justice in Peru from 1968 through 2015.


Works from the Harry Ransom Center

The William P. Wright Collection of Peruvian Photography consists of works by some of the most influential photographers working in the 1970s and 1980s in Peru, including Roberto Fantozzi, Mariella Agois, Billy Hare, Carlos Domínguez, and Jaime Rázuri, and was assembled by photographer and curator Fernando Castro. Before the 1970s, photography was widely considered to be a purely documentary medium. During the 1970s, however, photographers and critics worked hard to transform this notion, and photography began to assume a status on par with literature or painting as an artistic medium in its own right, producing artists and collectives dedicated to photography as a form of artistic self expression. In the 1980s, violence and political struggle devastated Peru as the Maoist insurgents, Sendero Luminoso (“Shining Path”) waged a brutal guerilla war against the Peruvian state. During this time, photojournalism assumed a role of great importance in the country, as photography provided not only crucial visual evidence of the violence taking place across Peru but also denounced it.


Works from the Blanton Museum of Art

WMiguel Grau, Bahia Torgugas, Ancash

The Blanton will present works by Peruvian photographers active from the 1990s through 2015 that both complement and expand upon themes developed by photographs from the Ransom Center’s collection. Many of these photographs are new acquisitions by the Blanton, all by artists that maintain strong connections to the visual and conceptual histories of photography in Peru. Works by Milagros de la Torre, Flavia Gandolfo, Luz Maria Bedoya, Pablo Hare, Edi Hirose, Gilda Mantilla, Raimond Chavez, and others, will address the intricacies of Peruvian history and the country’s national identity, both within Peru and around the globe. Milagros de la Torre’s Under the Black Sun (1991–1993) directly confronts photographic traditions in Peru in terms of race and national memory, serving as a transitional marker between practices of artists from the 1970s and 1980s and those working in the 1990s and 2000s. Luz Maria Bedoya’s quiet contemplative series Blind Spot (1997) captures glimpses of a desert landscape along Peru’s Pan-American Highway, intentionally countering expectations of more spectacular scenery typically associated with the Peruvian Andes. Finally, two works from Edi Hirose’s Canteras del Sillar (2015) expose environmental devastation in the stone quarries outside of Areuqipa, Peru’s former capital and famously “white city.”

Make sure to visit the Blanton starting Saturday, April 23 to see this powerful new exhibition, and learn more on the Blanton’s website.

This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art in collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center.

Image captions:

Domínguez, Carlos “Chino”
Madre e hijo con foto de padre desaparecido. Ayacucho, Perú
[Woman with child and photograph of missing husband. Ayacucho, Peru] 1985
Gelatin silver print
14 x 10.9 in
Gift of William P. Wright, Jr., From the exhibition The Peruvians As Seen By Peruvian Photographers, curated by Fernando Castro and made available by the Texas Humanities Resource Center, a division of the Texas Committee for the Humanities, Photography Collection, Harry Ransom Center

Hare, Pablo.
Miguel Grau, Bahía Tortugas, Ancash, de la serie Monumentos, 2005-2012
[Miguel Grau, Bahía Tortugas, Ancash, from the series Monuments, 2005-2012] Inkjet print on fiber paper
11.5 x 14.5 in
Blanton Museum of Art, Gift of the artist and purchase through the generosity of Jeanne and Michael Klein, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin, and Anthony and Celeste Meier, 2016

Join Landmarks for a Lecture with Artist Joe Sola

Join Landmarks sola_studiovisit_nov2015_webfor a lecture and Q&A with artist Joe Sola. Featured in Landmarks Video last November, Sola uses themes of masculinity, sexuality, strength, heroism and violence to investigate, or rather skewer, the art world and its mores. It is not just eyes, but the entire body, or physicality—particularly male—as well as its sociocultural implications that he utilizes, represents and scrutinizes in his art. Joe will discuss his work, motivation and vision as an artist. Free and open to the public.

Sola earned a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan followed by an M.F.A. from the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to reside.

The lecture and Q&A will be Tuesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in UT’s Art Building, Room 1.102 near San Jacinto Boulevard and 23rd Street. For more information, visit the Landmarks website.

Enjoy Contemporary Photography Exhibition – Now on View!

Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions

THROUGH May 29, 2016


The Ransom Center’s photography collection is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive, and it is continually growing. Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions introduces nearly 200 of the Center’s newest acquisitions, tracing photography from its unprecedented post-war expansion to its central position in contemporary art. The exhibition features groundbreaking photographs by Thomas F. Barrow, Lee Friedlander, Betty Hahn, and Robert F. Heinecken, contemporary investigations into the medium by Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Alison Rossiter, and Penelope Umbrico, and extended documentary projects by Alejandro Cartagena, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Louie Palu, and Alec Soth.

VIEW VIDEO of the exhibition’s installation.

The Ransom Center is open 7 days a week with daily tours. PLAN YOUR VISIT.

Join the Visual Arts Center for Now’s the Time: 2016 Senior Art Exhibition

Now’s the Time catalogs a pivotal moment for 55 young artists graduating from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Work included in the exhibition ranges from print to sculpture, and painting to photography and video. Now’s the Time demonstrates technical and conceptual acuity, as well as marks a transition from experimentation to actualization. Selected by a faculty committee, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the artistic energy found at UT Austin. The exhibition includes work by students receiving bachelor’s degrees in Art History, Studio Art, or Visual Art Studies.

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Now on view: “Shakespeare in Print and Performance”

No writer is more central to the English literary tradition than William Shakespeare. For centuries, his works have intrigued and inspired generations of readers, audiences, and scholars. Four hundred years after his death, the Harry Ransom Center commemorates Shakespeare’s legacy by presenting a selection of rare and unique materials relating to his plays. These materials, primarily drawn from the Ransom Center’s collections, demonstrate how much we can learn about his historical context, sources, texts, and productions of the plays from early printed books and theatrical archives.

The exhibition, Shakespeare in Print and Performance, will be on view at the Harry Ransom Center through May 29. Free admission and daily tours. Plan your visit.

Landmarks returns to the art in Bass Concert Hall


Believe it or not, it does actually get cold in Austin. Escape the chilly winter temperatures and join Landmarks for another docent-led tour of art in Bass Concert Hall on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features striking examples of postwar and contemporary sculpture from influential artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Meet at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 7 in front of Bass Concert Hall (map) near 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Free and open to the public.

Last chance to see Strange Pilgrims

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Join the Visual Arts Center for the last days of the exhibition, Strange Pilgrims. The VAC will be open for special hours January 9–10 and return to regular hours January 12.

Strange Pilgrims is an exhibition organized by The Contemporary Austin and spans multiple venues that include the museum’s Jones Center and Laguna Gloria locations in addition to the Visual Arts Center.

The exhibition includes work by artists: Charles Atlas, Trisha Baga, Millie Chen, Phil Collins, Andy Coolquitt, Ayşe Erkmen, Roger Hiorns, Nancy Holt, Lakes Were Rivers, Angelbert Metoyer, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Paul Sharits, and Sofía Táboas.

Focus Group: Pilgrim’s Process
Thursday, January 21  //  7–9 p.m.

Recognition for Landmarks Works


Nancy Rubins, Monochrome for Austin, 2015. Photo by Paul Bardagjy.

Students on The University of Texas at Austin campus this fall semester experience a public art collection with an ever-growing list of recognitions and awards. artnet, a leading source for art news from around the world, featured GalleryLOG’s video about Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin to its millions of monthly readers. The video presents insights from Rubins interspersed with dynamic footage of the 50-foot tall sculpture.

The Austin Chronicle also recognized Rubins’ work in its annual Best of Austin awards. Critics named Rubins’ piece 2015’s Best New Public Sculpture. The CODAawards also acknowledged Monochrome for Austin as a Public Spaces merit winner. Both awards come on the heels of the piece’s summer win in the Austin Critics Table Awards.

In addition, GalleryLOG’s behind-the-scenes video for Casey Reas’ A Mathematical Theory of Communication is the 2015 CODAvideo Awards winner in the Concept Category. Winners were officially announced today when the video was shown to the 35,000+ attendees at the Sculpture Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago.

James Turrell, The Color Inside. 2013. Photo by Florian Holzherr.

James Turrell, The Color Inside. 2013. Photo by Florian Holzherr.

Landmarks is fortunate to have not one but two pieces honored in the Chronicle’s Best of Austin list. James Turrell’s The Color Inside continues to delight the campus and Austin community nearly two years after its opening. Thousands of monthly visitors explore the Skyspace during the day while reservations fill up for the light sequence in the evening. With The Color Inside’s role as a meditative space for students, it’s appropriate that Best of Austin named the Skyspace as Austin’s Best Zen Inducing Art Installation.

Congratulations to Nancy Rubins, Casey Reas and James Turrell!