On Presidents Day, the LBJ Library released its new public service announcement featuring Matthew McConaughey. The announcement invites everyone to experience the new exhibits at the library and to consider how their lives would be different if LBJ had never been President.
“Today, younger Americans know about President Lyndon Johnson from their history books,” said Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Presidential Library. “However, the legislation signed by Lyndon Johnson still affects us today and we hope this PSA will inspire not only new generations, but all generations, to visit the Library to understand LBJ’s legacy and the impact it has on their lives.”
This exhibition explores the career of photographer Arnold Newman (1918–2006), who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the twentieth century. Newman’s archive resides at the Ransom Center.
A bold modernist with a superb sense of compositional geometry, Newman is known for a crisp, spare style that situates his subjects in their personal surroundings rather than in a photographer’s studio. Marlene Dietrich, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Arthur Miller, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso are only a few of his celebrated sitters. Featuring more than 200 of these well-known masterworks, Arnold Newman: Masterclass also includes rarely seen work prints and contact sheets.
The first major exhibition of the photographer’s work since his death, Arnold Newman: Masterclass showcases the entire range of Newman’s photography, featuring many prints for the first time.
The exhibition can be seen in the Ransom Center Galleries on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended Thursday hours until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Mondays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Also, join the Ransom Center for “Face to Face,” the opening celebration for the exhibition on Friday, February 15. Get a first look at the exhibition, enter a drawing for an Arnold Newman-inspired prize package, and enjoy refreshments from Austin Wine Merchant, Dripping Springs Vodka, and The Cupcake Bar. Guests will also have the opportunity to pose in one of Newman’s iconic portraits in an analog photo booth created by the Lomography Gallery Store and to view screenings of Arnold Newman interviews and film clips in the theater.
Become a member now to receive complimentary admission and valet parking at “Face to Face.” If you are not yet a member, you may order individual tickets for $20 (valet parking not included). Join or order tickets online or by calling 512-232-3669.
The Visual Arts Center is thrilled to kick off the spring season last Friday with a fantastic opening reception for its five exciting exhibitions! Exhibitions this spring inspire distinct interpretations of the VAC’s versatile and sweeping galleries through the creation of spaces within spaces and the use of repurposed materials. Drawing on a diverse set of disciplines and art practices, including architecture, performance, and the use of found objects, this spring’s artists invite viewers to engage with these disparate environments, both controlled and chaotic, which are created throughout the VAC. Couldn’t make it to the opening? Don’t fret! Exhibitions are on view through March 9, with the exception of Diffuse Reflection Lab, which runs through May 11.
Another great way to experience the VAC’s current exhibitions is through Walk-In, a series of guided public tours happening every Saturday at 2pm. Each weekly tour will feature a different theme and conversation topic as a launching pad for visitors to enjoy. A VAC guide will meet participants at the front desk for a tour through the galleries with plenty of time for questions about the work on display. Tours will last approximately 45minutes and no reservation is necessary.