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Face to Face

View photos from "Face to Face” Opening Party

Thank you to our members, guests, and partners who joined us for the “Face to Face” exhibition opening celebration. There are great images from Lomography’s analog photo booth and the reception posted online. Additionally, Lomography made prints of all of their photos: pick up your complimentary print at the Ransom Center’s visitor desk during gallery hours in March.


Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening celebrations are just two of the many benefits of being a member. Join today for a discount on a Central Market cooking class inspired by the exhibition, priority entry and free parking at upcoming Harry Ransom Lectures featuring Kevin Powers and Don DeLillo, an invitation to the new member open house on March 20, and more. JOIN and VIEW PHOTOS.


Explore the Gutenberg Bible and First Photograph online

The Ransom Center recently launched updated webpages for its permanent exhibitions, the Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph. Visitors can explore pages of the Ransom Center’s Gutenberg Bible, view a map depicting the spread of printing, watch a video of Johann Gutenberg’s process, and view a map of all known copies of the Gutenberg Bible. The First Photograph webpage explores inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, the history of his photograph, and how the First Photograph is cared for at the Ransom Center. Also available is a brief video of how the First Photograph was made and the opportunity to make your own virtual heliograph. LEARN MORE.


Frank Reaugh project reveals new details of the artist’s process

The Ransom Center is currently engaged in a one-year, grant-funded project to digitize, catalog, process, and make the Frank Reaugh art collection available online by fall. LEARN MORE about what clues to Reaugh’s creative process were uncovered during this project.


Arnold Newman: At Work published by University of Texas Press

Arnold Newman: At Work, by Ransom Center Senior Research Curator of Photography Roy Flukinger, provides a contextual overview of the Ransom Center's Arnold Newman archive and reveals 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. LEARN MORE or PURCHASE in the online store.


Martin Scorsese exhibition features items from Ransom Center

Martin Scorsese’s influential filmmaking legacy is the focus of the new exhibition Martin Scorsese at the Deutsche Kinemathek—Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin. The exhibition opened in January and runs through May 12. The Ransom Center loaned the museum 19 items from the Robert De Niro and Paul Schrader archives to supplement materials from Scorsese’s private collection. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center receives Copyright Society of the USA’s Award for Excellence in Creativity

The Ransom Center received the Award for Excellence in Creativity from the Copyright Society of the USA. The award is given annually to a person or organization who has demonstrated excellence and achievement in the creation of copyrightable works of authorship.



Arnold Newman: Masterclass
Through May 12

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.


Free docent-led tours are offered Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.



Poetry on the Plaza: Portraits

READING Poetry on the Plaza: Portraits


CURATOR TOUR Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography, leads a tour of Arnold Newman: Masterclass.


MEMBER EVENT Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Ransom Center at this curators’ reception with tours, collection materials on display especially for members, and light bites. Open to new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required. JOIN today.


READING The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin hosts a reading by author T. C. Boyle. Boyle’s archive resides at the Ransom Center.


PERFORMANCE Classical Reinvention, a University of Texas at Austin student organization, performs classical music paired with dance and images from the Center’s photography collection as part of the Cohen New Works Festival.


LECTURE Marianne Fulton, writer, teacher, and former chief curator of the George Eastman House, discusses the life and work of Arnold Newman.


PERFORMANCE Classical Reinvention, a University of Texas at Austin student organization, performs classical music paired with dance and images from the Center’s photography collection as part of the Cohen New Works Festival.


Jane Austen map

Researching Austen in Austin

Janine Barchas, an Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, used the Ransom Center’s collections to conduct research for her book Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity (Johns Hopkins University Press). Her research reveals connections between Jane Austen’s characters and real-life celebrities and politicians. LEARN MORE.


March 2013


Masthead image:
(Detail) Arnold Newman, Self-portrait, Philadelphia, 1938
Gelatin silver print
© Arnold Newman / Getty Images.
News image:
Photo by Lindsay Hutchens.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for exhibiton Arnold Newman: Masterclass.
Public Programs image:
Arnold Newman, Pablo Picasso, painter, sculptor and printmaker, Vallauris, France, 1954. Gelatin silver print
© Arnold Newman / Getty Images.
Insider's Perspective image:
“The N.W. Bank of Soundings by Captain F. W. Austin R.N. in 1808.” Published by the Hydrographic Office, 1816.

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