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Ed Ruscha

Artist Ed Ruscha’s archive acquired

The Ransom Center acquired the archive of artist Edward Ruscha (b. 1937). The materials reveal Ruscha's creative process and offer a unique perspective of one of the most influential artists working today. LEARN MORE.


Digital collections launch on Ransom Center’s website

The Ransom Center launched a new platform of freely available digitized images of collection materials on its website. The new site contains more than 8,000 items and will continue to grow as newly digitized images are added on a regular basis. The collection includes photographs by Lewis Carroll, manuscripts by Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Harry Houdini’s scrapbooks, works by artist Frank Reaugh, and items from the Ransom Center’s extensive circus collection, which includes materials related to showmen such as P. T. Barnum, Ringling Bros., and Barnum & Bailey. VIEW NOW.


75 Years, 75 Days: Campaign ending soon! Donate now

The Ransom Center is raising $50,000 by December 15 for the Center's upcoming exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind. 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. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a premier sponsor for the exhibition. Your crucial support will provide funds for outreach, additional tours, a published exhibition catalog, and complementary programming and presentations. DONATE NOW to support this exhibition.


Unbox the treasures of the Ransom Center

Give the gift of membership, packaged in an archival document box, this holiday season! Share a year of literature, art, photography, film, and performing arts. Exclusive benefits include invitations to events such as the upcoming opening receptions for the exhibitions The World at War, 1914-1918 and The Making of Gone With the Wind, parking passes, and more. Current members receive a discount. Order a gift membership ONLINE, or at 512-232-3669, or purchase at the visitor desk during gallery hours.


Fellowship applications due January 31

The Ransom Center invites applications for its 2014–2015 research fellowships in the humanities. The deadline for applications, which must be submitted through the Ransom Center's website, is January 31, 2014, at 5 p.m. CST. More than 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections in literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEOS of fellows discussing their work in the collections.


Reserve now: Flying Longhorns hosts First World War-themed trip to Europe

To help understand and explore the long-lasting social and historical implications of the First World War, The University of Texas at Austin 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 this first modern war, and participants will also enjoy other cultural experiences, "insider" visits, fabulous meals, and free time to enjoy each destination fully. Trip registration closes in mid-December. BOOK NOW to save your spot.


Save the date for “Love and War” on Friday, February 14

Join us on Friday, February 14 as we celebrate the opening of The World at War, 1914–1918. Get a first look at the exhibition and enjoy light bites and a signature cocktail inspired by the era. Guests will have the opportunity to pose in a photo booth and enter to win a prize package. Members receive free entry and valet parking; non-members may order tickets for $20 (does not include valet parking). Receive a year’s worth of benefits as a member! Join, order tickets, and LEARN MORE.



© 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. LEARN MORE.


Free docent-led 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 or VIEW VIDEO of an interview with Reed about his life and work.


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. LEARN MORE.


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.


*To install the hundreds of objects for our spring exhibition, the Ransom Center Galleries will be closed temporarily from January 6 through February 11, when the new exhibition opens. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.



Poetry on the Plaza: Childhood Favorites

READING Poetry on the Plaza: Childhood Favorites


LECTURE Andrew J. Walker, Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, presents “Westering America: Frontier Thinking and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art” for the 2013 Amon Carter Lecture. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


POP-UP EXHIBITION After an excursion around Texas, exploring the state’s faces, voices, places, and stories, Magnum photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar share the results of their wanderings in a one-night-only pop-up exhibition and provide a preview of the Texas installment of their limited edition newspaper The LBM Dispatch. Presented with support from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.


DISCUSSION Austin Center for Photography (ACP) and the Harry Ransom Center co-host a panel discussion with Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey, Constantine Manos, and Eli Reed, moderated by David Coleman, Director of The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. Members of the Ransom Center and ACP receive priority seating at 6:20 p.m.


*There are no public programs scheduled during January.


Charles Dodgson

Painting inspires famous Lewis Carroll photograph

Charles Dodgson (also known as Lewis Carroll) took many portraits of Alexandra “Xie” Kitchin as a child. LEARN MORE about how Dodgson drew inspiration from a painting that was created almost 80 years earlier for his most famous portrait of Xie.


December 2013/January 2014


Masthead image:
(Detail) Page from one of Ed Ruscha's journals, undated.
News image:
Contact sheet of images for Ed Ruscha's artist book edition of "On the Road."
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.
Public Programs image:
William Blake, "Songs of Innocence." (1789 [this copy ca. 1802]).
Insider's Perspective image:
Charles L. Dodgson. Xie Kitchin as Penelope Boothby. 1875–1876.

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