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October 2007

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Collecting the Imagination

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IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) Scenic sketch for All My Sons by Mordecai Gorelik, ca. 1952.
News image:
Photo taken in photo booth in Dress Up exhibition.
Exhibitions image
Karen Maness, after Jo Mielziner. Scenic sketch for Death of a Salesman, 2007. Acrylic on canvas.
Public Programs image:
Robinson & Thompson, Two gentlemen, ca. 1875.
Insider's Perspective image:
Page from Lord Byron's Fugitive Pieces.

  NEWS

Visit the Dress Up exhibition features interactive photo booth

Visitors to the Ransom Center Galleries can take their own picture in the Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography exhibition. A Victorian-style photo studio has been set up in the galleries for guests to take their own portraits. VIEW recent photos. Also, if you had your picture taken recently, SHARE the photo with a friend.

 

Knopf rejection letters featured on NPR

NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” aired a story about author rejection letters in the Alfred A. Knopf Inc. archive housed at the Ransom Center. LISTEN to Associate Director Rich Oram speak about some of the notable rejections found in the collection. A small selection of notable rejection letters from the archive are on display in the Center’s lobby through November 4.

 

Ransom Center images examined in The New York Times

Using two images from the Ransom Center’s photography collections, filmmaker Errol Morris discusses the conflicting interpretations of the two versions of Roger Fenton’s iconic Valley of the Shadow of Death photographs. READ Fenton’s investigation of the issue.

 

Free guided tours of exhibitions offered on Tuesdays and Saturdays

Docent-led tours of the exhibitions Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller’s Theater and Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography are offered on Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays at 2 p.m. LEARN MORE about the exhibitions.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Set drawing from Arthur Miller's
Through December 30

Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller’s Theater

As the first exhibition organized from Arthur Miller’s entire archive, Rehearsing the American Dream: Arthur Miller’s Theater offers insights on the author of such plays as Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. The exhibition demonstrates Miller’s active engagement with his historical moment and examines his work as an activist and intellectual, his plays in performance, and his legacy. VIEW IMAGES from the exhibition.

 

Dress Up: Portrait and Performance in Victorian Photography

Dress Up explores Victorian culture through the period’s fascination with the then new medium of photography. The Victorians embraced the blending of fiction with fact, so portrait and genre photographs of the period often reveal vivid artifice and unconcealed theatricality. The 150 works in this exhibition are drawn exclusively from the Harry Ransom Center’s photography collections.  VIEW IMAGES from the exhibition. 

 
  OCTOBER PROGRAMS

Poetry on the Plaza: Victorian Voices

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Victorian Voices

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Don Juan in Hell, featuring Actors From the London Stage

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7 P.M.
ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES
Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather II (1974), starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Robert Duvall. Contains adult content.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7 P.M.
ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976), starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Harvey Keitel. Contains adult content.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7 P.M. JESSEN AUDITORIUM*
LECTURE Tony Kushner, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, talks with The University of Texas at Austin’s Steven Dietz about the legacy of American playwright Arthur Miller. A book signing follows. Please note that all tickets have been distributed for this event. Empty seats will be released beginning at 6:50 p.m. the night of the event.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7 P.M.
ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES
Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978), starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Contains adult content.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7 P.M.
READING Charlotte Canning and Lucien Douglas from the University’s Department of Theatre and Dance weave together critical commentary and scenes from the plays of Arthur Miller in “Up Against the American Dream.”

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2 P.M.
LECTURE David Savran, Distinguished Professor of Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, presents “Arthur Miller and the Broadway Canon.”

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 7 P.M.
ROBERT DE NIRO FILM SERIES
Kenneth Branagh’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), starring Robert De Niro, Branagh, and Helena Bonham-Carter.

*Tickets required

 

INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Page from Texas House of Representatives Investigates Purchase of “Obscene” Rare Books

This excerpt from Collecting the Imagination: The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center highlights the launch of an investigation by the Texas House of Representatives in 1943 into the purchase of rare books deemed “obscene” by a lawmaker. FIND OUT which books were called into question and why.

 

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