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Join the Ransom Center to attend “Face to Face”

Celebrate the opening of our upcoming exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass on Friday, February 15. Guests will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, a first glimpse of the exhibition, an Arnold Newman-inspired photo booth, a cupcake bar, and more. Become a member now to receive your complimentary ticket and valet parking. Non-members may order tickets to the event for $20 (valet parking not included). JOIN, RENEW, or ORDER TICKETS now.


Ransom Center offers summer undergraduate internships

The Ransom Center will offer six undergraduate internships this summer, four from The University of Texas at Austin and two from another accredited college or university. The 14-hour-per-week positions provide undergraduates with a hands-on look at the operation of a humanities research center and museum. Interns will choose from a variety of opportunities at the Center, including working with archives, exhibitions, marketing, public affairs, and curatorial departments of art, film, manuscripts, performing arts, photography, and rare books. The internships are generously funded by the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. LEARN MORE.


Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird returns February 14

The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous art works, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). The painting will be on display from February 14 through July 28. Since 1990 the painting has been on almost continuous loan, featured in exhibitions in more than 25 museums in the United States and around the world. LEARN MORE or VIEW a video documentary about the homecomeing of the painting.


First Photograph back on display March 12

The First Photograph was 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 exhibition runs through February 24. The First Photograph will be back on display at the Ransom Center on March 12.


On the Road actors used audio recordings from Ransom Center’s collections to prepare for roles

A film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road opened in theaters in December, and in July 2010, a producer for the film contacted the Ransom Center with a request to help the actors gain insight into Beat culture and their characters’ personalities. LEARN MORE about the audio recording that was provided to help actress Kristen Stewart research her character in the film.


Twenty Feliks Topolski portraits featured on The Daily Beast

Feliks Topolski (1907–1989) was a painter, caricaturist, illustrator, and muralist who chronicled some of the twentieth-century’s most significant people and historical events. Topolski was commissioned by the Ransom Center in the 1960s to paint a series of portraits of Britain’s twentieth-century literary greats. The Daily Beast highlights the portraits and the reactions from the subjects. LEARN MORE.


  UPCOMING EXHIBITION - Opens February 12

Arnold Newman: Masterclass

Arnold Newman: Masterclass

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.


Two books are available in conjunction with the exhibition. Masterclass: Arnold Newman is a fully-illustrated catalog published by Thames & Hudson Inc., New York. Arnold Newman: At Work (University of Texas Press and Harry Ransom Center) by Ransom Center Senior Research Curator of Photography Roy Flukinger will be available in March 2013 and provides a contextual overview of the Ransom Center's Newman archive, revealing unprecedented insights into Newman's process and creativity. Included among Newman's signature images are his contact sheets, Polaroids, and work prints with his handwritten notes.


Free docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. starting February 17.



Poetry on the Plaza: Harlem Renaissance

READING Poetry on the Plaza: Harlem Renaissance


DISCUSSION Jed Perl, Art Critic for The New Republic, and Peter Kayafas, Director of the Eakins Press Foundation, discuss their work on Magicians and Charlatans: Essays on Art and Culture and the evolving role of artists, writers, and independent publishers in our digital age. A book signing follows. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.



DISCUSSION Join KUT producer Rebecca McInroy and Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography, for a “Views and Brews” event exploring the work of Arnold Newman. Newman’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. Presented by KUT 90.5.


OPENING Join us for “Face to Face,” the opening reception for the exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. JOIN, RENEW, or VIEW DETAILS.


DISCUSSION William Chace, former president of Wesleyan University and Emory University; Elaine Treharne, professor of English at Stanford University; and Eric Rasmussen, rare book collector and editor of the RSC Shakespeare editions, discuss the status of the academic monograph and published research. This event is part of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Symposia 2012–13: The Fate of the Book.


Sara Coleridge

Sara Coleridge’s Pretty Lessons in Verse: Nineteenth-Century Flash Cards

The Sara Coleridge collection at the Ransom Center includes 399 handwritten verse cards that later became Pretty Lessons in Verse for Good Children; with Some Lessons in Latin, in Easy Rhyme, which was published anonymously in 1834. Coleridge, an English translator, editor, and writer, compiled the cards, written on scrap paper, calling cards, playing cards, advertisements, and invitations, to teach lessons in geography, history, Latin, and more. LEARN MORE and view a slideshow of some of the cards.


February 2013


Masthead image:
(Detail) Undated children's verse card from Sara Coleridge collection.
News image:
(Detail) Arnold Newman, Marilyn Monroe and Carl Sandburg, 1962. © Arnold Newman/Getty Images.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass.
Public Programs image:
Cover of Home to Harlem by Claude McKay.
Insider's Perspective image:
Undated children's verse cards from Sara Coleridge collection.

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