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Harry Ransom Center eNews July August 2013 eNews
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Peter Orlovsky notebook

Beat Generation poet Peter Orlovsky's archive acquired

The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archive of American poet Peter Orlovsky (1933–2010), an important figure in the Beat Generation. Orlovsky was fellow poet Allen Ginsberg's companion for more than 40 years, and his papers reflect significant aspects of their relationship. Orlovsky's collection comprises manuscripts, journals and notebooks, correspondence, tape recordings, photographs, and other personal documents, including unpublished poetry and prose works. LEARN MORE about the collection. Also, READ an essay in The Daily Beast about a piece of correspondence in the Peter Orlovsky archive that reveals how a misunderstanding began between Ginsberg and Diana Trilling.


View photos from an "All-Star Evening” opening event

Thank you to our members, guests, and partners who joined us for the “All-Star Evening” exhibition opening. Great images from a baseball card-themed photo booth and the reception are posted online. Members can pick up their complimentary baseball cards at the Ransom Center’s visitor desk through August 4. Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening celebrations are just two benefits of being a member. JOIN and view photos from the PHOTO BOOTH or the PARTY.


Registration opens for Magnum symposium

Registration is now open for “Magnum Photos into the Digital Age,” a symposium scheduled for October 25–27, 2013, and held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's fall exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age. The symposium brings together photographers, curators, and historians to discuss the ways in which Magnum Photos has continually reinvented itself from the moment of its founding. Twelve Magnum photographers, including Christopher Anderson, Bruno Barbey, Thomas Dworzak, Jim Goldberg, Josef Koudelka, Alex Majoli, Susan Meiselas, Mark Power, Moises Saman, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, and Donovan Wylie, as well as Magnum CEO Giorgio Psacharopulo are scheduled to appear on panels with a focus on the cooperative's evolution and future. LEARN MORE and REGISTER.


Jayne Anne Phillips archive opens

The papers of American novelist Jayne Anne Phillips are now open for research at the Ransom Center. VIEW an inventory of her collection or LEARN HOW the National Book Award finalist drew upon family letters and memories to construct characters in her novel Machine Dreams.


Austin Critics’ Table Awards recognize two exhibitions

The Ransom Center was honored recently by the Austin Critics’ Table Awards in the categories “Museum Exhibition” for I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America and “Touring Show, Art” for Arnold Newman: Masterclass. For more than 20 years, the Austin Critics’ Table Awards have celebrated achievement in the arts disciplines.


Join or renew your membership for complimentary tickets to “Boundless”

Join us for “Boundless,” the September opening reception for the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age. Enjoy a first look at this photography exhibition, a signature champagne cocktail, light bites, a photo booth, and more. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. JOIN, RENEW, and VIEW DETAILS.


Apply to volunteer at the Ransom Center

Do you want to become more involved with the Ransom Center? We are looking for docents, special event volunteers, and visitor service volunteers for the upcoming year. Benefits include specialized training and behind-the-scenes insights into exhibitions and collections. APPLY online by Monday, July 15.


  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Closing August 4

Literature and Sport

Literature and Sport

Sport holds a sacred place in Western culture and literature. Writers as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Norman Mailer, Marianne Moore, Don DeLillo, Joyce Carol Oates, and David Foster Wallace have written about sport.


Drawn exclusively from the Ransom Center’s collections, this exhibition showcases the literature of sport through fiction, essays, poetry, and plays. Organized by sport, the exhibition highlights some of the finest examples of literary writing about baseball, football, boxing, tennis, cricket, bullfighting, and other sports. From Bernard Malamud’s The Natural to Norman Mailer’s The Fight, great literary works capture the appeal of sport and its ability to transform both the individual and society, all the while demonstrating how writers elevate language to literature.


Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive

This exhibition was organized in cooperation with the Lakes Were Rivers collective, an Austin-based group of artists working in photography and video. Members of the collective created a body of work influenced in some way by the Ransom Center—its space, its purpose, its collections. Approximately 50 new works are displayed alongside Ransom Center collection materials chosen by the artists, including photographs by Ansel Adams and Man Ray, manuscripts from the E. E. Cummings archive, William Blake’s Songs of Innocence, an embellished Maurice Ravel score, and props from the Robert De Niro collection.


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


*To install the hundreds of objects for our fall exhibition, the Ransom Center Galleries will be closed temporarily from August 5 through September 9, when the new exhibition opens to the public. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.



Lakes Were Rivers

GALLERY TALK The artists of Lakes Were Rivers discuss their work in the exhibition Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.



HARRY RANSOM LECTURE In conjunction with the Literature and Sport exhibition, Don DeLillo, author of Underworld, Pafko at the Wall, and End Zone, reads from his work. DeLillo’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.


CURATOR TOUR Megan Barnard, Associate Director for Acquisitions and Administration, leads a tour of Literature and Sport.


*There are no programs scheduled during August.


Photo Pete Smith

Conservation team brings large map to larger audiences

Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 10-foot-wide 1786 print “Pianta delle Fabriche Esistenti Nella villa Adrian” is a popular item at the Ransom Center, but its impressive size makes it difficult to share with students and scholars. Now, thanks to treatment efforts undertaken by Ransom Center conservators, the map is far more accessible. LEARN MORE.


July/August 2013


Masthead image:
(Detail) Quarterback Y. A. Tittle of the New York Giants is in danger of being sacked by a Cleveland Browns player, from the New York Journal-American, October 26, 1964.
News image:
Peter Orlovsky's notebook of lists and contacts, including Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg. Aug. 26, 1971.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for the exhibition Literature and Sport.
Public Programs image:
Graphic identity for the exhibition Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.
Insider's Perspective image:
Photo by Pete Smith.

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