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Harry Ransom Center eNews May 2013 eNews
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University appoints new director of the Ransom Center

The University of Texas at Austin has appointed head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library Stephen Enniss as the new director of the Ransom Center. Enniss will take over the duties of current Director Thomas F. Staley, who will retire on August 31. Staley, who has been responsible for scores of notable acquisitions and the Center’s enormous growth during his 25-year tenure, announced plans to retire in 2011 but later agreed to postpone his retirement date. Enniss will start at the Ransom Center on August 1. LEARN MORE.


“Write for readers like yourself": Notebooks reveal James Salter’s creative process

James Salter’s All That Is (Knopf), his first new novel since 1979, is a reflective work, a reconsideration of many of the themes he has explored in his earlier fiction. Looking back at Salter’s prior novels through his archive at the Ransom Center, one can see the artist at work and better understand the sentiments that guide his craft. LEARN MORE.


Join us for an “All-Star Evening"

Hit it out of the park with the Ransom Center on Friday, June 14 at the opening reception for the exhibitions Literature and Sport and Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive. Guests will enjoy a first look at the exhibitions, ballpark-inspired snacks, a baseball card photo booth, and summertime libations from Dripping Springs Vodka, Austin Wine Merchant, and Austin Beer Garden and Brewery. BECOME A MEMBER to receive complimentary tickets and valet parking or ORDER TICKETS. LEARN MORE.



Arnold Newman: Masterclass
Closing 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.



Arnold Newman

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


BIKE TOUR Explore art, history, and the humanities while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles. Ride departs from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop at 400 Nueces. On this route, we'll visit museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights. Ride size is limited, so please RSVP to julie@mellowjohnnys.com.


Cover of O. Henry's "The Sleuths"

Sherlock Holmes’s Infinite Case-Book

Fanfiction was a phenomenon long before the internet offered a publishing platform. Although Sherlock Holmes was certainly not the first character to inspire fans to write their own versions, many well-known writers have created their own take on the detective and his sidekick. LEARN MORE about the writers who created parodies, fanfictions, and fan societies around Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic character.


May 2013


Masthead image:
(Detail) The inside cover and first page of the notebook containing the first draft of James Salter's 1975 novel, Light Years.
News image:
Photo of Stephen Enniss by Julie Ainsworth/Folger Shakespeare Library.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass.
Public Programs image:
Arnold Newman. Portrait of Pablo Picasso with crop markings.
Insider's Perspective image:
Cover of O. Henry's The Sleuths.

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