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March 2008


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Masthead image: (Detail) Jess, Land of the Mangaboos, 1955. Oil on burlap, mounted on plywood, 24 x 38 1/2 in. (61 x 97.8 cm). Private collection.
News image: Jack Kerouac's scroll manuscript of On the Road. This manuscript is on loan from the collection of James S. Irsay. Estate of Anthony G. Sampatacacus and the Estate of Jan Kerouac. Photograph courtesy of Christie's, New York.
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Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady leaning against a car, early 1960s.
March Programs image: A first edition of Jack Kerouac's On the Road (New York: Viking, 1957).
Insider's Perspective image: Illustration by MaryBeth Daigle.



Scroll manuscript for Scroll manuscript for On the Road arrives this week

The scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, on loan from the collection of Jim Irsay, will be on display in the exhibition On the Road with the Beats beginning this Friday through June 1. The first 48 feet of this 120-foot “page” will be visible. This visually stunning first draft has no paragraph or chapter breaks, and the characters are referred to by their real names. LEARN MORE. Also, VIEW PHOTOS from last month's Beat Love Poems event at Scoot Inn.


Where in the world is Frida Kahlo?

Many items from the Ransom Center’s collections travel on loan to museums and institutions all over the world. FIND OUT what museum is currently exhibiting the Ransom Center’s Frida Kahlo painting Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird and where other items from the collections are on display.


View photos and listen to interview with David Mamet

Writer and director David Mamet visited The University of Texas at Austin last month to speak and meet with students across campus. Mamet talks about what it means to have his life’s work housed at the Ransom Center and what advice he has for young writers. VIEW audio slideshow. Also FIND OUT who won tickets to the Mamet event for taking a website survey.


Through the Lens Clearly: Icons and Images

Neiman Marcus and the Ransom Center celebrate the second annual American Film Institute (AFI) DALLAS International Film Festival with an exhibit of film materials from the Center. The two-week exhibition at the downtown Dallas flagship store begins March 27 and runs through April 12 and is free and open to the public. The Ransom Center is a sponsor of this year's AFI DALLAS International Film Festival LEARN MORE about the film collection items that will be featured.


Inspired by On the Road with the Beats?

Looking to read some of the works highlighted in the exhibition? During the month of March, Austin's BookPeople Bookstore features a first-floor display of Beats books in conjunction with the Ransom Center’s exhibition. Browse books recommended by the exhibition’s curator and assistant curators.  



JessJess: To and From the Printed Page

Through April 6
LISTEN to a podcast with Ransom Center Associate Curator of Art Peter Mears, as he discusses the life and work of Jess. This exhibition focuses on the influential San Francisco artist known as “Jess” (Burgess Collins) and explores his ongoing dialogue between visual images and printed text. Imaginative collage works and paintings derived from poetry, literary classics, and even the Sunday comics are featured.


On the Road with the Beats

Through August 3
LISTEN to a podcast of curator Molly Schwartzburg as she talks about organizing the exhibition. Travel with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and their friends across America and the globe. Manuscripts, books, photographs, and visual art from the Ransom Center’s collections tell the story of the Beat Generation and the literary and social revolution they inspired.



First edition of

READING Poetry on the Plaza: On the Road


LECTURE Phil Ford, Assistant Professor of Musicology at Indiana University, presents “Hearing Private History: The Home Recordings of John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg, 1949-1951.”


FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.                    
EXHIBITION First day to see the scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road in the exhibition On the Road with the Beats.


TOUR Michael Auping, Chief Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, leads a gallery tour of Jess: To and From the Printed Page and discusses the relationship between Jess and the Beats. Media sponsor: Art Lies Magazine.


LECTURE British director John Russell Brown, whose archive is at the Ransom Center, examines contemporary staging and performance of Shakespeare in “Shakespeare in Our Time.” Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Shakespeare at Winedale.


LECTURE Ann Charters, biographer and bibliographer of Jack Kerouac, talks about her association with the novelist in “Celebrating On The Road.”


SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 10 A.M.-10 P.M.
SPIDER HOUSE, 2908 Fruth Street
READING Enjoy a marathon reading of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.



Journey of an Archive: The Book Lab

Journey of an Archive: The Book Lab

Writer Suzy Banks concludes her series exploring what happens to an archive once it arrives at the Ransom Center with a look at the Center’s book lab. LEARN how book conservators use surgical-like skills and chemistry to repair ailing books, photos, and paper and keep materials accessible to scholars.


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