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Join or renew your membership for complimentary tickets to “FutureLand”

Enjoy a retro-futuristic evening at “FutureLand,” the opening party for the fall exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America. Get a first look at the exhibition, bring to life your visions of the future, enjoy a signature cocktail sponsored by Dripping Springs Vodka, ice cream treats with Coolhaus, and relax in our outdoor lounge provided by Design Within Reach. Friday, September 14. JOIN or ORDER TICKETS for $20 (valet parking included). LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center names chief curator of photography

The Ransom Center has appointed Jessica S. McDonald, a curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as its new chief curator of photography. McDonald begins her position as the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography at the Ransom Center in September. LEARN MORE.


Lecture on the history of the King James translation now online

In April, Helen Moore, Fellow and Tutor in English at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, spoke about the history of the King James translation at the Ransom Center. VIEW VIDEO online.


Jim Crace discusses "Driftwood in an Archive"

Writer Jim Crace, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center, speaks about ephermera in archives and the narratives and stories they provide. Crace discusses a piece of driftwood found in his archive that contains a note that was later incorporated into his novel Signals of Distress. VIEW VIDEO.


Which program would you like to see online?

The Ransom Center presents a variety of programs relating to its collections. Please share which past program you would most like to watch: Robert Alter on “The Question of Eloquence in the King James Version;” Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt discussing his life and work; Associate Curator of Art Peter Mears discussing Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird; or Mike Barsanti and Rob Berry discussing Ulysses “Seen,” their graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce's UlyssesPROVIDE FEEDBACK NOW on the Center's Facebook page.


Win a signed Alan Furst book

To celebrate the release of Alan Furst's new novel, Mission to Paris, the Ransom Center is giving away a signed copy of a book by Furst. Furst's archive resides at the Ransom Center. ENTER to win the book on the Center's Facebook page by midnight CST on Tuesday, July 10.


Apply to volunteer at the Ransom Center

Love the humanities and the Harry Ransom Center? We are looking for docents, special event volunteers, and visitor service volunteers. Benefits include specialized training and behind-the-scenes insights into exhibitions and collections. APPLY online by Tuesday, July 10.




The King James Bible: Its History and Influence
Closing July 29

The King James Bible: Its History and Influence

The King James Bible remains a vital work whose language permeates contemporary literature, music, film, art, and everyday speech. The exhibition examines the history of this translation and its far-reaching influence on writers, artists, and cultural figures, from John Milton to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Norman Mailer. The exhibition features the most comprehensive display of Bibles and related materials in the Ransom Center’s history, as well as prints by Marc Chagall, silk screens by Jacob Lawrence, and sculpture by Eric Gill. LEARN MORE, VIEW A VIDEO PREVIEW, or BOOK A PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR.


Docent-led public tours of the exhibition are offered on Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. 


I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs AmericaSeptember 11, 2012–January 6, 2013

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who, more than any designer of his era, created and promoted a dynamic vision of the future—streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic. Bel Geddes popularized this vision through drawings, models, and photographs of spectacular vehicles, buildings, and products featured in his books Horizons and Magic Motorways. His most notable effort was his Futurama display for the General Motors "Highways and Horizons" exhibit at the 1939–1940 New York World's Fair, which adopted the motto "I Have Seen the Future." Futurama's giant model of a 1960 future American city gave Depression-era Americans genuine hope for a better future within their lifetimes.


The exhibition will explore the career of this complex and influential man through 60 projects from the Ransom Center's Norman Bel Geddes collection. VIEW a video preview of the exhibition.


*The First Photograph has been loaned, along with 119 other images and photography-related items from the Ransom Center's Gernsheim collection, to the Reiss Englehorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany, for the exhibition The Birth of Photography—Highlights of the Helmut Gernsheim Collection. The First Photograph will be back on display at the Ransom Center in February 2013. LEARN MORE.



Samson and Delilah

BIBLICAL FILM SERIES Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature star in Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949). 131 minutes. At the screening, enter to win a prize package.


THURSDAY, JULY 19, 6:30 P.M.
Ransom Center members are invited to a complimentary screening of The Third Man (1949), part of the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series. At 6:30 p.m., enjoy a private members-only pre-show reception with Curator of Film Steve Wilson and a cash bar. The film begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be introduced by singer/songwriter Sam Beam of the band Iron and Wine. Valid membership card required; one complimentary ticket per card. Open to all Ransom Center members, but please RSVP by Friday, July 13 to 512-232-3669 or rsvp@hrc.utexas.edu.


For a limited time, Ransom Center members are also eligible for a 10% discount on a Paramount Film Fan Club membership. For more information contact Aaron Ward at 512-692-0530.


BIBLICAL FILM SERIES Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida star in the King Vidor-directed Solomon and Sheba (1959). 139 minutes. At the screening, enter to win a prize package.


"Down the Rabbit Hole." © Salvador Dalí, Fund

Salvador Dalí’s rendition of a Lewis Carroll classic at the Ransom Center

Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice in Wonderland stretches the imagination and playfully defies logic. The book has been adapted by a number of artists throughout the years, but perhaps none have been so well-suited to put their own spin on the English author’s topsy-turvy adventure as Salvador Dalí. LEARN MORE about this edition and view illustrations from the book.


July/August 2012


Masthead image:
(Detail) "Advice from a caterpillar" © Salvador Dalí, Fundació G. Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2012.
News image:
Identity graphic for "FutureLand" event.
Exhibitions image:
Identity graphics for The King James Bible: Its History and Influence and I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America.
Public Programs image:
Film still from Samson and Delilah (1949).
Insider's Perspective image:
"Down the Rabbit Hole." © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2012.

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