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.by
Spring is a perfect time to walk between museums, stopping for public art along the way.
Current exhibitions at Austin’s Cultural Campus institutions include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Belle: The Ship That Changed History, Roller Derby, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Up + Up: 2015 Senior Art Exhibition, and more!
Please note: The Texas Memorial Museum and Bullock Museum will be closed on April 5, Easter Sunday, and the Visual Arts Center is always closed on Sundays.
Interested in attending a program? Don’t miss upcoming family events at the Bullock Museum and Harry Ransom Center.
CREATE YOUR OWN: ANCIENT ART SUPPLIES
April 4, 2015, 11–noon; 1–2 p.m.
Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages 8 and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Museum members may make advance reservations by calling 512-936-4649. Otherwise, the program is first come, first served and space is limited. Pick up a boarding pass (free with Museum admission) when you arrive.
HARRY RANSOM CENTER
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 10 A.M.–5 P.M. & SATURDAY, MAY 9, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.
Visit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart. Participate in writing activities with teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program or engage with Lewis Carroll-inspired math activities with local math literacy organization Math Happens. University of Texas at Austin museum theater students perform alongside items in the galleries. Additional activities include docent-led exhibition tours and story times in the theater. Family days are generously supported by a grant from the Austin Community Foundation, with in-kind support provided by Terra Toys.by
The Harry Ransom Center will be closed on Christmas Eve Day (Wednesday, December 24) and Christmas Day (Thursday, December 25). However, the Ransom Center Galleries will be open the rest of winter break on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Additional member-only hours will be available from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors can view the current exhibitions The Making of Gone With The Wind and Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. The Making of Gone With The Wind will be open through January 5. The First Photograph and the Gutenberg Bible remain on permanent display.
Please also be aware that the Reading and Viewing Rooms and administrative office will be closed during the University holidays from Saturday, December 20, through Thursday, January 1.
Free docent-led gallery tours of The Making of Gone With The Wind occur daily at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (There will be no public tour on the closed days of Wednesday, December 24 or Thursday, December 25.) The public tours meet in the lobby, and no reservations are required. On weekends, a selection of screentests from Gone With The Wind will be shown in the Ransom Center’s first-floor theater at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Your donation will support the Ransom Center’s exhibitions and public programs. Parking information and a map are available online.by
In February, the Blanton Museum of Art opened a new exhibition exploring the art and lives of Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt. Converging Lines showcases the artists’ work and highlights how their friendship had a significant impact on each other’s artistic output.
Sol LeWitt was a pioneer in minimal and conceptual art. His instruction-based wall drawings redefined the concept of artistic authorship, which LeWitt defined as the artist’s ideas rather than the stroke of the artist’s hand. The wall drawings featured in the exhibition were created by representatives from LeWitt’s estate and students from UT, following LeWitt’s instructions to install the work.
Landmarks, the public art program, brought two LeWitt pieces to the University of Texas campus. Both are located at the Bill and Melinda Gates Dell Computer Science Complex. Outside of the Speedway entrance to the building, LeWitt’s Circle with Towers greets students as they enter. Directly inside the north building of the complex is Wall Drawing #520: Tilted forms with color ink washes superimposed. In keeping with LeWitt’s philosophy that that the concept behind a work of art was more important than its execution, both works were drafted by the artist and originally constructed or drawn at a different time and location. When acquired on long-term loan by Landmarks, the two works were executed by a team of art professionals here on campus.
Converging Lines is on view at the Blanton Museum of Art until May 18, 2014. View a map of Landmarks’ artworks, on view at all times at landmarks.utexas.edu/tour.by
The Harry Ransom Center’s current exhibition, The World at War, 1914–1918, showcases items from its collection that document a global perspective of the Great War. With propaganda posters, uniforms, and love letters on display, this exhibition illuminates the experience of the war from the point of view of its participants and observers.
Nearby the Ransom Center, visitors can enjoy another exhibition with historical significance at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. In collaboration with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Bullock Museum features an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the only surviving United States Navy vessel that served in both world wars: the USS TEXAS.
The exhibit displays images and artifacts from the vessel’s 30 years of service that tell the story of life on board as well as the United States’ evolution into a global force. Visitors can see the champagne bottleneck from the ship’s launch, several electric candelabra that were on board, and many more important items from the ship’s history.by
The Harry Ransom Center’s exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age will close soon on Sunday, January 5.
Don’t miss your chance to see the exhibition before it closes. Enjoy free docent-led tours of the exhibition on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. No reservations required.
Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence. Drawing largely upon the vast collection of prints from the agency’s New York bureau, this exhibition investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux.
Organized by Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger, the exhibition features approximately 300 works. The Magnum Photos collection was donated to the Ransom Center by Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, and John and Amy Phelan.
Ransom Center Galleries are open 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. Please note the Ransom Center will be closed on December 24, December 25, and January 1.
Beginning January 6, the Ransom Center Galleries will be closed until February 11, when the exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918 opens. The Gutenberg Bible and First Photograph remain on permanent display.by
The Harry Ransom Center is raising $50,000 in 75 days for the Center’s 2014 exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind. This Hollywood classic premiered in 1939 and will mark its 75th anniversary in 2014.
Film producer David O. Selznick’s 1939 epic film Gone With The Wind was embroiled in controversy before a single frame was shot. Based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film’s depictions of race, violence, and cultural identity in the South during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction continue to both compel and trouble audiences around the world.
The exhibition will reveal surprising new stories about the making of this quintessential film from Hollywood’s Golden Age and illustrate why it remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released.
The exhibition will include over 300 original items from the Selznick archive housed at the Ransom Center, including behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage, and fan mail. The exhibition will also feature gowns worn by Vivien Leigh as the beautiful and ambitious Scarlett O’Hara. These recently conserved costumes will be displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.
Your support will provide funds for outreach, additional docent-led tours, a published exhibition catalog, and complementary programming and presentations. Donors will be acknowledged on the Ransom Center’s website and receive the following:
$10-$499: Commemorative save-the-date postcard with an image from the Ransom Center’s collection.
$500-$999: Complimentary Ransom Center membership for one year, at the dual level, which includes two tickets to the exhibition opening party.
$1,000-$4,999: Complimentary copy of the exhibition catalog.
$5,000+: Special curators’ tour for up to six people.by
The Harry Ransom Center presents Eli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan, an exhibition of photographs by Eli Reed (b. 1946), Magnum photographer and Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2001, Reed traced the path of some of the more than 20,000 “Lost Boys,” as aid workers have called them, some as young as five years old, forced to flee after their families were massacred or enslaved during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Wandering the equatorial wilderness between Sudan and Ethiopia for years on foot, those who survived starvation and disease eventually reached a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, where over 3,000 of them awaited resettlement through a United Nations partnership with the U. S. State Department. Reed’s powerful series documents their journey as they leave the camp and adjust to life in the United States, acclimating to a starkly different culture and a new world of formidable challenges.
Organized by curators Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger, Eli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan runs through December 8. Additional photographs by Reed from his 1995 series Rwandan Refugees in Tanzania are on view as part of the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, which features over 450 photographs, books, magazines, films, and videos.
Reed joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in January 2005. He has been associated with the Magnum Photos agency since 1983 and became a full member in 1988. His early projects focus on political upheaval and social justice in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Panama. In 1982 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied political science, urban affairs, and the prospects for peace in Central America. He has since photographed around the world while persistently addressing political, social, and racial issues in the United States.
Reed is the author of the acclaimed books Beirut: City of Regrets(1988) and Black in America (1997). He directed the documentary film Getting Out (1992) on Detroit gangs, and has worked as a stills and specials photographer for major motion pictures. His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar,Stern, and Vanity Fair. Reed has lectured and taught extensively, and his photographs have been exhibited internationally. In 2009 he delivered a four-part lecture and multimedia presentation at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, for the opening night of the exhibition “Fra King til Obama.”by