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Harry Ransom Center eNews April 2013
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  NEWS

Photo by Pete Smith

J. M. Coetzee papers open for research

The archive of Nobel Prize–winning writer and University of Texas at Austin alumnus J. M. Coetzee is available for research. The bulk of the archive traces the author’s life and career from 1960 through 2012. The archive fills more than 140 boxes, documents all of Coetzee’s major writings, and includes notes, typescripts, research materials, and publicity materials. LEARN MORE or READ what Coetzee wrote about his ties to the University.

 

Andre Dubus papers open for research

The papers of American writer Andre Dubus, a master of the short story, are open for research. The collection, consisting of more than 20 boxes, includes drafts of short stories and non-fiction, story ideas, and character notes, along with family correspondence and a series of journals recording thoughts, personal and religious exercises performed, and housekeeping notes. LEARN MORE or VIEW INVENTORY.

 

Greenwich Village bookshop door web exhibition wins Leab Award

The web exhibition The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925 received the 2013 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Award by the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). “This colorful, engaging and innovative electronic exhibition showcases a physical artifact, a door, to draw visitors into the manuscripts archive where they will discover a social network from the past: a neighborhood steeped in artistic and literary mystique,” said Cherry Williams, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards committee. VIEW EXHIBITION.

 

Journalism class integrates photography collections into curriculum

Dr. Sherre L. Paris, a lecturer at The University of Texas School of Journalism, teaches the class “A Cultural History of Photography” at the Ransom Center. During the three-hour-long-seminar, graduate and undergraduate students work with primary source materials from the Center’s photography collections. LEARN MORE.

 

Scholar uses Norman Mailer papers to research book about boxer Floyd Patterson

In his 2012 book Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing’s Invisible Champion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), author W. K. Stratton draws from the Norman Mailer papers at the Ransom Center to narrate a portrait of Patterson’s boxing career. LEARN MORE.

 

View a video of Bruce Sterling’s keynote address from the Flair Symposium

Author, futurist, and design visionary Bruce Sterling delivered the keynote lecture of the Ransom Center's tenth biennial Flair Symposium, "Visions of the Future," on November 1, 2012. Sterling’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. VIEW VIDEO.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITION

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.

 

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 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 are offered Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

Read recent news coverage of the exhibition in NPR, Time, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Austin Chronicle.

 

  APRIL PROGRAMS

Frank Reaugh, (Detail) Untitled.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 3 P.M.
LECTURE Conservator Thea Burns discusses “Pastel: Materials, Techniques, and Genres.”

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Poetry of Sport

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 7 P.M.
PFORZHEIMER LECTURE Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, delivers the annual Carl H. and Lily Pforzheimer lecture, “Geometries of the Book: Preservers, Transformers, Academics.” A reception follows. Co-sponsored by the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies Symposia 2012–13: The Fate of the Book.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1 P.M.
CONCERT CRAWL The University's Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Austin's Cultural Campus present a Cultural Campus Concert Crawl. Students from the Butler School of Music perform short, informal chamber music concerts in five museums from Austin’s Cultural Campus. Each mini-concert features a variety of music masterworks specifically chosen to respond to the art and collections exhibited at the museums.  Concerts begin at 1 p.m. and repeat continuously until 4 p.m at each location. LEARN MORE.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 7 P.M. AUDITORIUM, THE BELO CENTER FOR NEW MEDIA
PERFORMANCE Magnum photographer, poet, and folk musician Larry Towell presents an evening of photography and music. Towell shares a selection of his work in a multimedia performance incorporating still images, video, poetry, and song. He will be accompanied by harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 11 A.M. CENTRAL MARKET, NORTH LAMAR
COOKING CLASS Inspired by Arnold Newman's portraits, Central Market Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz created a menu drawn from some of the fine dining establishments popular in the 1950s and 1960s and the luminaries (such as Woody Allen, Marilyn Monroe, and Salvador Dalí) who frequented them. Representatives from the Ransom Center will discuss the exhibition, as you enjoy this cooking class and demonstration. The menu includes Russian Tea Room Salad, Romanoff's Crab-stuffed Tomato, Louie's Poached Egg Tribute to Salvador Dalí, Russian Tea Room Beef Stroganoff, and Strawberries Romanoff. Pre-payment and registration are required. Ransom Center members receive a discount.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 7 P.M.
LECTURE Author Morris Dickstein presents “America’s Best Magazine?: Commentary in the 1960s.” The Commentary archive resides at the Ransom Center and includes correspondence with Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, James Baldwin, and Elie Wiesel. Co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 7 P.M.
LECTURE Photographer David Levinthal presents “Toying with the Truth.”

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 7 P.M. AT&T EXECUTIVE EDUCATION AND CONFERENCE CENTER AMPITHEATER
HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Kevin Powers, author of the critically acclaimed war novel The Yellow Birds, discusses his work. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op and in partnership with Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Mayor’s Book Club. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Arthur Machen

Celebrating 150 years of Welsh horror fiction writer Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen, an influential figure in the budding supernatural fiction scene of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, is best known for his novella “The Great God Pan” and has inspired such writers as Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft. LEARN MORE about the Ransom Center’s collection of items related to the author, including handwritten drafts, page proofs, correspondence, photos, and more.

 

 
April 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) Arnold Newman, Violin shop: patterns on table, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1941. Gelatin silver print. © 1941 Arnold Newman / Getty Images.
News image:
J. M. Coetzee's handwritten drafts of Life & Times of Michael K. Photo by Pete Smith.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass.
Public Programs image:
Frank Reaugh, Untitled.
Insider's Perspective image:
Undated photo of Arthur Machen. Unknown photographer.

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