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February 2007

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IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
Detail of American '20s Music Series poster
Exhibitions image
Gordon Conway. Presentation drawing in the "Jazz Lint" series. Ca. 1924-1928.
January Programs image:
Jno Trlica. Two Girls, 1930.
Insider's Perspective image:
Illustration by MaryBeth Daigle

NEWS

 


Ransom Center's 50th AnniversaryRansom Center launches 50th anniversary website

Created to celebrate the Ransom Center’s 50th anniversary in 2007, the website features a timeline of the Center’s history, information about events and exhibitions related to the anniversary, a photo gallery, and an opportunity for visitors to share their experiences.

 

Watergate event rescheduled

The Watergate panel, featuring Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, has been rescheduled for Friday, March 23. The event, originally scheduled on January 18, was postponed due to inclement weather. The venue and time will be announced at a later date.

 

Ransom Center presents the American ’20s Music Series

In conjunction with The American Twenties exhibition, the Ransom Center presents the American ’20s Music Series, with musicians performing works from the 1920s at venues around Austin. For more information about dates, times, and locations, visit the website. You can also listen to tracks from some of the participating bands, including White Ghost Shivers, Pistol Love Family Band, and Glovertango.

 

Teaching the American Twenties launches for educators

A new web-based K-12 teacher resource, Teaching the American Twenties, is now available to educators. This website features informative academic text on topics related to the 1920s; numerous viewable and downloadable primary source materials, including facsimiles of manuscripts, texts, photographs, images, and audio files from the Ransom Center’s collections and exhibition; a glossary and bibliography; and TEKS-based lesson plans. Also, a special exhibition event for teachers, educators and administrators takes place this Saturday, February 3, from 9 to 11 a.m., featuring tours, live performances of the Ransom Center's Voices of the American Twenties program, an unveiling of the Ransom Center's Teaching the American Twenties website, refreshments, lesson plans, and more.

 

EXHIBITION
Through July 29

The American Twenties

The American Twenties explores the decade's profound cultural and social changes, ambiguities, and contradictions, and the ideologies that were born or came to fruition in the 1920s. Read a Q&A with the exhibition’s curator, Rodney Phillips.



 
FEBRUARY PROGRAMS

Two Girls by Jno Trlica

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 7 P.M.
TOUR Curator Rodney Phillips leads a gallery tour of the exhibition The American Twenties.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 7 P.M.
PERFORMANCE The Violet Crown Radio Players produce a live radio broadcast of James Joyce’s “The Dead,” in celebration of the writer’s 125th birthday.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Jazz Poetry

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 7 P.M.
LECTURE Kate Holliday, Assistant Professor of Art History at Southwestern University, presents “Humanism and Modernism: The Idea of American Art Deco.”

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7 P.M.
PERFORMANCE Department of Theatre and Dance graduate students premiere a set of original performance pieces in the Voices of the American Twenties museum theater series, which brings characters from the 1920s to life.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 7 P.M.
ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES Brian De Palma’s Greetings (1968), starring Robert De Niro, Gerrit Graham, and Jonathan Warden. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses select items from the De Niro collection.
 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 7 P.M.
PFORZHEIMER LECTURE Daniel Posnansky, Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, presents “What Arthur Conan Doyle Thought of the United States… God Bless America,” illustrated with original materials from his personal collection.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 6 P.M., ELEPHANT ROOM, 315 Congress Avenue*
AMERICAN ’20s MUSIC SERIES Enjoy 1920s jazz performed by the Jazz Pharoahs and the Alex Coke/Rich Harney Quintet. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/music.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 7 P.M., ANTONE’S, 213 W. 5th Street*
AMERICAN ’20s MUSIC SERIES Legendary piano player Pinetop Perkins and special guests play rural blues. Details at www.hrc.utexas.edu/music.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 7 P.M.
ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES Roger Corman’s Bloody Mama (1970), starring Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Bruce Dern, and Robert De Niro. Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson introduces the film and discusses select items from the De Niro collection.

 

*Tickets or cover charge required. Age restrictions of venue may apply.

 

INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE
 

Journey of an ArchiveJourney of an Archive: Bugs, Mold, and Conservation

What happens to an archive once it arrives at the Ransom Center? Join Suzy Banks as she explores the process of how materials are checked for bugs and mold and what conservators do to get rid of them. Read more.




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