Two new exhibitions, Literature and Sport and Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive open today at the Ransom Center.
Sport holds a sacred place in Western culture and literature. Writers as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Norman Mailer, … Read the rest
The Harry Ransom Center has launched a website to highlight the images in the widow etchings on the exterior of the building. “From the Outside In: A Visitor’s Guide to the Windows” provides an opportunity to discover more about the … Read the rest
The Harry Ransom Center’s newest exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass opens tomorrow and runs through May 12.
This exhibition explores the career of photographer Arnold Newman (1918–2006), who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and … Read the rest
Join the Ransom Center for “Face to Face,” the opening celebration for the photography exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Get a first look at the exhibition, enter a drawing for an Arnold Newman-inspired prize package, and enjoy refreshments from Austin … Read the rest
In conjunction with its current exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence, the Harry Ransom Center hosts the Biblical Film Series throughout June and July.
The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line … Read the rest
The Harry Ransom Center recently announced its acquisition of the papers of T. C. Boyle, the best-selling author of thirteen novels and numerous short stories that showcase his lush prose and often cynical humor. Austin residents have the opportunity to … Read the rest
What’s the result of 565 minutes of interview recordings with 12 people, 480 minutes of b-roll footage, and nine separate music tracks? The answer is a ten-minute video that provides a broad overview of the Ransom Center’s collections, scholarship, conservation, … Read the rest
“All these books are worse than opium… I would rather have a child of mine use opium than read these books.”
—Senator Reed Smoot, Congressional Record, March 17, 1930
Learn which books were “worse than opium” in the Harry Ransom Center’s exhibition “Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored.” Focusing on the interwar years, the exhibition reveals the rarely-seen “machinery” of American censorship from 1918 to 1941. Writers, reformers, agents, attorneys, and publishers battled publicly over obscenity and freedom of expression. “Ulysses,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” and “The Grapes of Wrath” came under fire from would-be censors alongside classics like “The Decameron” and “The Canterbury Tales.”