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October 2006

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NEWS
 

Arnold Newman Self-PortraitPhotographer Arnold Newman’s archive coming to the Ransom Center

The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of photographer Arnold Newman (1918-2006), whose famous portraits captured such icons as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Pablo Picasso, and Truman Capote in their personal or professional environments. Read more or view a slideshow of Newman's images.


Ransom Center acquires Woody Allen materials

The Ransom Center has acquired materials related to the life and career of filmmaker Woody Allen. The materials span from 1937 to 2004, representing most of Allen's career. Read the full story or view the contents of the Woody Allen collection.


Flair Symposium features prominent speakers

Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Morris Dickstein, and Sam Tanenhaus are participants in this year’s Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium, The Sense of Our Time: Norman Mailer and America in Conflict, ocurring November 9 to 11, 2006. Topics to be explored include New Journalism, the conflicts of postwar America, and gender and identity politics. Registration is limited, so reserve your spot today.


Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley speaks about the Center

Learn how the Ransom Center contributes to the University’s education and research missions in a two-minute video clip.

 
 
EXHIBITIONS
Through December 31, 2006

Campaign buttons from Norman Mailer's run for mayorNorman Mailer Takes On America

Showcasing the Harry Ransom Center’s recently acquired Norman Mailer archive, the exhibition spans the full range of Mailer’s career examined in the context of the cultural and historical events that sparked his imagination. Read what Mailer scholar J. Michael Lennon has to say about Mailer, the exhibition, and the Flair Symposium.


Feliks Topolski: Portraits of Britain's Twentieth-Century Literary Greats

The exhibition marks the first time Polish-born British artist Feliks Topolski’s complete
set of 20 paintings, including portraits of W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Graham Greene, and Edith Sitwell, has been exhibited together.

 

Also of interest, the Ransom Center is the site of an exhibition of Polish film posters on the second floor from October 4 to 22, in conjunction with the 2006 Austin Polish Film Festival.


 
OCTOBER PROGRAMS

T. S. Eliot by Feliks TopolskiWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, NOON

READING Poetry on the Plaza: Poetic Portraits

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7 P.M.

LECTURE Author Antony Penrose, son of the American photographer Lee Miller, discusses Miller’s documentary photography in "Lee Miller’s War."

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, NOON

READING Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage present Glyn Morrow’s Ithaka


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7 P.M.

LECTURE Daniel and Teresa Topolski talk about the life and work of their father, Feliks Topolski, in conjunction with the current exhibition. Co-sponsored by British Studies. Read more about the exhibition


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, NOON

READING Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage present The Pilgrim’s Progress


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7 P.M. ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE DOWNTOWN*

MAILER VS. HOLLYWOOD FILM SERIES Starring Norman Mailer and George Plimpton, Mailer’s Beyond the Law (1968) chronicles a night spent in a New York City police station. Purchase tickets.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7 P.M. ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE DOWNTOWN*

MAILER VS. HOLLYWOOD FILM SERIES Norman Mailer’s Wild 90 (1968) delves into the world of American street subculture. Purchase tickets.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7 P.M.

READING To kick off the Texas Book Festival, author Alan Furst, whose archive is at the Ransom Center, reads excerpts from and discusses his novel The Foreign Correspondent. Audience questions and a book signing follows. Read about Furst’s archive.


*Tickets are required.

All events take place at the Ransom Center unless otherwise noted and are subject
to change. Please be aware that the Ransom Center’s Prothro Theater has limited seating.
 
 
INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE
   
 

Postcard from Ezra Pound to Virginia Risse CazortPostcard For Your Thoughts

Ransom Center fellow Bradley Clissold talks about the role postcards played in modernism. Read why Clissold says "the postcard initiated a silent revolution in the reading and writing practices of the general public" and influenced writers. Read the full story.

 
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