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View photos from "FutureLand”

Thank you to our members, guests, and partners who made “FutureLand” one of the largest exhibition opening celebrations to date. There are great images from the Norman Bel Geddes-inspired photo booth and the reception. Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening celebrations are just two of the benefits of being a member. Join today for a discount on the Flair Symposium, priority entry and free parking at the Harry Ransom Lecture featuring photographer Nathan Lyons on November 8, an invitation to the new member open house on November 14, and more. JOIN, VIEW PHOTOS, or ORDER PRINTS.


David Foster Wallace materials related to The Pale King now open for research

Materials related to David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel The Pale King are now open for research. The Pale King materials fill six boxes and include handwritten and typescript drafts, outlines, character lists, research materials, and a set of notebooks containing reading notes, names, snippets of dialog, definitions, quotations, and clippings. LEARN MORE.


Display highlights basketball photos in Basketball: Power in Play

Basketball: Power in Play, a display of 32 sports photographs from the Ransom Center’s New York Journal-American collection, captures some of the key components of the American game from the 1940s through the 1960s. The display is on view through December 9 and is one of several exhibitions and events across The University of Texas at Austin campus this fall celebrating the spirit and history of basketball. LEARN MORE.


Limited space remaining for "Visions of the Future"

Register to attend the 2012 Flair Symposium, "Visions of the Future," November 1-3. Speakers include writer and futurist Bruce Sterling, architecture critics Alan Hess and Alexandra Lange, authors Phil Patton and Tom Vanderbilt, and architects Greg Lynn and Craig Hodgetts. Pre-registration required. Ransom Center members receive a discount on registration. LEARN MORE or VIEW a list of recommended reading by panelist Phil Patton.


Ransom Center accepting applications for research fellowships in the humanities

The Ransom Center is now accepting applications for its 2013–2014 research fellowships in the humanities. The application deadline is February 1, 2013. More than 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support research projects in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. LEARN MORE.


Enter to win a signed T. C. Boyle book

Novelist and short story writer T. C. Boyle, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center, recently published San Miguel (Viking, 2012), a historical novel about three women on a windswept island off the California coast. On the Ransom Center’s Facebook page, identify which of the following three T. C. Boyle books is your favorite: The Tortilla Curtain, World’s End, or Stories. By doing so, you will be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of your selection. ENTER TO WIN.



I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
Through January 6, 2013

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958) was a designer, futurist, and urban planner who sought to transform modern American society through design and his dynamic vision of the future. Many products and practices now taken for granted can be traced directly to Bel Geddes. When you drive on an interstate highway, attend a multimedia Broadway show, dine in a sky-high revolving restaurant, or watch a football game in an all-weather stadium, you owe a debt of gratitude to Bel Geddes.


Bel Geddes focused on theater design early in his career and then became an innovative leader in industrial design, popularizing the concept of streamlining. He produced streamlined designs for products and ideas as diverse as home appliances, flying cars, and floating airports. Futurama, Bel Geddes’s best-known design for the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair, was a giant model of a city in 1960. Visitors to the popular installation donned buttons boldly proclaiming “I Have Seen the Future.”


The exhibition showcases Bel Geddes’s working process for both unrealized projects and completed designs using photographs and models drawn almost entirely from his extensive archive housed at the Ransom Center. Accompanying the exhibition is the book Norman Bel Geddes Designs America (Abrams). VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW or LEARN MORE.


Free docent-led tours are offered Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. For groups of 10 or more, please call 512-475-8086.




HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer, author of The Ongoing Moment and The Missing of the Somme, discusses the changes in war writing and war photography over time. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.*


HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer, author of The Ongoing Moment and The Missing of the Somme, discusses the changes in war writing and war photography over time. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.*


READING Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage


CURATOR TOUR Cathy Henderson, Associate Director for Exhibitions, and Helen Baer, Associate Curator of Performing Arts, lead a tour of the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America.


DISCUSSION L.A. Times book critic David Ulin speaks with Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Michael Chabon about Chabon’s life, work, and new novel, Telegraph Avenue. A book signing follows. Co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.


AMON CARTER LECTURE In celebration of Tom Lea month, Kenneth Grant, Head of Exhibition Services, shares behind-the-scenes insights on the conservation of a Tom Lea drawing. Historian and collector J. P. Bryan discusses collaborations between El Paso artists Tom Lea and José Cisneros and publisher Carl Hertzog.


PANEL DISCUSSION Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library; Kathleen Rooney, poet, writer, and founding editor of Rose Metal Press; and Nicolas Barker, editor of The Book Collector, discuss the way changing technologies are helping to preserve the book. This event is part of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies Symposia 2012–2013: The Fate of the Book.


READING The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin hosts a reading by National Book Award–winner Denis Johnson, author of Jesus’ Son and Tree of Smoke. Johnson’s archive resides at the Ransom Center.


DISCUSSION As part of the Texas Book Festival, D. T. Max, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, speaks with Megan Barnard, Assistant Director for Acquisitions and Administration at the Ransom Center. David Foster Wallace’s papers reside at the Ransom Center. For event time and location, visit www.hrc.utexas.edu/events.


*Members of the Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.


Terrible Tales

Penguin Books and the Paperback Revolution

Penguin Books, launched in 1935, sparked a new phase of publishing that would irrevocably change the printing industry. Mass marketing of paperbacks not only brought classics to a wider audience but also brought pulp fiction—previously published in magazines—to the forefront of the book trade. LEARN MORE about the history and the development of the paperback book trade in both America and Britain.


October 2012


Masthead image:
(Detail) Bel Geddes's firm's "diagram in relief of city-traffic plan for 1960 showing features of boulevards and location of Highways & Horizons exhibit," c. 1938. Image courtesy of the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation.
News image:
Photo by Tirzah Johnson.
Exhibition image:
Graphic identity for the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America.
Public Programs image:
David Douglas Duncan, [Veteran Marines] charged right toward the enemy guns without even a downward glance as they sloshed over the body [of an enemy] below. [Korea, September 1950.] This Is War!, p. 24.
Insider's Perspective image:
Cover of Terrible Tales by George Sala.

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