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Harry Ransom Center eNews November 2013
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  NEWS

James Turrell

James Turrell display complements University’s new Skyspace

To celebrate the opening of the new James Turrell Skyspace on campus, a selection of books and artworks by Turrell is on view in the Ransom Center’s third-floor Director’s Gallery through December 13. Included in the display is Deep Sky, a suite of seven aquatints that Turrell executed with printer Peter Kneubühler, and that were published by Peter Blum Edition in 1985. LEARN MORE.

 

Unbox the treasures of the Ransom Center

Give the gift of membership, packaged in an archival document box, this holiday season! Members are an integral part of the Ransom Center’s cultural community. Exclusive benefits include invitations to events such as the opening receptions for the upcoming exhibitions The World at War, 1914-1918 and The Making of Gone With the Wind, parking passes, and more. Current members receive a discount on gift memberships. Order a gift membership ONLINE, over the phone at 512-232-3669, or in person at the Ransom Center’s visitor desk during gallery hours.

 

Flying Longhorns host World War I-themed trip to Europe

To help understand and explore the long-lasting social and historical implications of the First World War, TexasExes has organized an extensive visit to England, Belgium, and France, complementing the Ransom Center's centenary exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918. With the exhibition curators and qualified historians as personal guides, the tour will provide insight into the causes and consequences of the first modern war and into what life was like for the soldiers in the trenches. LEARN MORE.

 

75 Years, 75 Days: Donate now to support the fall 2014 Gone With The Wind exhibition

The Ransom Center is raising $50,000 in 75 days for the Center's 2014 exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind. Your support will provide funds for outreach, additional tours, a published exhibition catalog, and complementary programming and presentations.This Hollywood classic premiered in 1939 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014. The exhibition will include more than 300 original items from the archive of the film’s producer, David O. Selznick, including behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage, fan mail, and dresses worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. These recently conserved costumes will be displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years. DONATE NOW.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

© Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos
Through January 5

Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence.

 

Drawing largely upon the vast collection of prints from the agency’s New York bureau, this exhibition investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux.

 

Organized by Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger, the exhibition features approximately 300 works. The Magnum Photos collection was donated to the Ransom Center by Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, and John and Amy Phelan.

 

Coinciding with the exhibition is the book Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World, published by University of Texas Press. Edited by Steven Hoelscher, Academic Curator of Photography at the Ransom Center, the book is the first publication to examine the Magnum Photos collection itself. It explores prominent themes in the collection—war and conflict, portraiture, geography, cultural life, social relations, and globalization—and includes evocative portfolios of images.

 

Free docent tours are offered on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. For groups larger than 10 people, please contact the Ransom Center to make arrangements for a private group tour.

 

Through December 8

Eli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan

In this poignant and powerful project carried out in 2001, Magnum photographer Eli Reed traces the path of some of the 20,000 boys displaced during the Second Sudanese Civil War. LEARN MORE.

 

Through December 13

James Turrell: Deep Sky

This display features seven aquatints created by Turrell in collaboration with the publisher Peter Blum Edition. The prints feature renderings of Roden Crater, the artist's decades-long project of transforming an extinct volcano in Arizona into a multi-chambered environment for experiencing the perceptual qualities of light. Two books that explore the life and work of Turrell, as well as a topographical map of Roden Crater and its surroundings, are also on display. The Director's Gallery in 3.206 is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

James Turrell: Deep Sky is presented in conjunction with the Landmarks opening of The Color Inside, a Skyspace by James Turrell on the rooftop garden of The University of Texas at Austin Student Activity Center. Landmarks is the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin.

 

*Please note that the Ransom Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

 

  NOVEMBER PROGRAMS

Poetry on the Plaza

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 7 P.M.
HARRY RANSOM LECTURE James Salter, author of A Sport and a Pastime and the acclaimed new novel All That Is, speaks about his life and work with Professor Thomas F. Staley. A book signing of All That Is follows. Salter’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 11 A.M.

MEMBER TOUR Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions, and James Stroud, Associate Director for Conservation and Building Management, lead an exclusive tour of the Ransom Center, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments. Open to Guild-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required. Join, upgrade, or renew at www.hrc.utexas.edu/memevents.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2 P.M.
MAGNUM FILM SERIES: CONFLICT AND REVOLUTION Two films and two short videos investigate the personal and professional complexities of documenting war: Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Le Retour (1945), Magnum in Motion videos Wars—Part I (2008) with Philip Jones Griffiths and, in response, Wars—Part II (2008) with Christopher Anderson, and Underway: Werner Bischof Photographer (1987) by filmmakers Marco Bischof and René Baumann.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7 P.M.
MEMBER EVENT Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required. Become a member today at www.hrc.utexas.edu/memevents.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2 P.M.
MAGNUM FILM SERIES: AFTERMATH AND RETURN Years after their groundbreaking images of human catastrophe were first distributed throughout the world, the photographers in these two films reflect on the meaning of their work. Featuring Philip Jones Griffiths’s Cambodian Odyssey (1996) and Susan Meiselas’s Pictures from a Revolution (1991).

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2 P.M.
MAGNUM FILM SERIES: PERSONAL JOURNEYS In these alternately hilarious, cynical, and tender films, two photographers in very different locales point their cameras at their own communities. Featuring Martin Parr’s Think of England (1999) and Gideon Gold’s Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden (2006).


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

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Knopf archive documents Nobel Prize–winner Alice Munro’s early struggles with the genre of the short story

Author Alice Munro received the Nobel Prize in Literature last month. Munro—unlike most previous prize winners—is renowned not for novels or poetry but for short stories. Documents in the Alfred A. Knopf archive at the Ransom Center reveal that Munro struggled for recognition of the short story as a sophisticated genre from the earliest days of her career. LEARN MORE.

 

 
November 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) James Turrell, Untitled, from “Deep Sky.” Published by Peter Blum Edition, New York, 1985. Courtesy Peter Blum Edition, New York and James Turrell Studio.
News image:
James Turrell, Untitled, from “Deep Sky.” Published by Peter Blum Edition, New York, 1985. Courtesy Peter Blum Edition, New York and James Turrell Studio.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.
Public Programs image:
Manuscript of Wilfred Owen's poem "Sonnet with an Identity disc." 1917.
Insider's Perspective image:
The book jacket of the first American edition of Alice Munro's Dance of the Happy Shades.


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