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April 2008

IN THIS ISSUE


 Ransom Center open late on Thursdays Guttenberg Bible CD-ROM
Visit the David Douglas Duncan online exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image: (Detail) Film still from Bridges-Go-Round. Estate of Shirley Clarke; courtesy of Canyon Cinema, San Francisco.
News image: Photo of "Red Side" character from Beat Voices. Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.
Exhibitions image
Harry Mattison, After bomb explosion near cathedral, people try to escape being trampled, March 30, 1980.
April Programs image: Cover of A. E. Housman's A Shropsire Lad.
Insider's Perspective image:
Photo of Jim Canary by Anthony Maddaloni.

NEWS

 


Beat VoicesMuseum theater program brings characters in exhibition to life

Beat Voices, a series of brief plays written, directed, and performed by students in the University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, is performed in the Ransom Center Galleries to illuminate the exhibition On the Road with the Beats every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Preview the performances in this VIDEO.

 

Registration now open for 2008 Flair Symposium

Registration for the seventh Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium, “Creating a Usable Past: Writers, Archives, and Institutions,” is now available online.  The symposium will take place November 13-15, 2008. The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine. A discount is available for Ransom Center members.

 

View slideshow of images from Through the Lens Clearly

To celebrate the second annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival, the Harry Ransom Center and Neiman Marcus partnered to present the display Through the Lens Clearly: Icons and Images from the Harry Ransom Center’s Film Collection.  More than 200 pieces are on view at the Neiman Marcus downtown Dallas flagship store, running through April 12.  The Ransom Center is a festival sponsor of AFI Dallas 2008.
VIEW SLIDESHOW.

 

Recently acquired author’s work featured on NPR

In a recent edition of "All Things Considred," writer Ethan Canin describes how Barry Unsworth’s “masterpiece” inspired him to expand his own ambitions as a writer. Unsworth, whose papers were recently acquired by the Ransom Center, won the Booker Prize for his novel Sacred Hunger, which centers around the slave trade in the eighteenth-century. LEARN MORE about the book that inspired Canin to give up his medical practice and pursue writing.

 

Survey respondent wins Ransom Center director's book recommendations

The Ransom Center held a drawing for respondents to a survey about the Center’s new website. The winner received six books recommended by Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley. FIND OUT who the winner was and what books she won.


 

EXHIBITIONS

Inside El SalvadorInside El Salvador

Opening April 17
This photography exhibition chronicles the height of the civil war in El Salvador in the early 1980s and depicts those directly involved with the conflict, including the guerilla forces and the army, and the war’s effects on the civilian population. LISTEN to a podcast with Virginia Burnett, an Associate Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin. Burnett discusses Central America, U.S. perceptions about El Salvador’s war, and the status of human rights in El Salvador.

 

Jess: To and From the Printed Page

Through April 6
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. FIND OUT what The Austin Chronicle had to say about the exhibition.

 

On the Road with the Beats

Through August 3
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. The scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is on display through June 1. LISTEN to curator Molly Schwartzburg’s interview with KUT’s John Aielli on Aielli Unleashed.

 

*Docent-led tours of exhibitions are offered Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays at 2 p.m. For groups of more than 10 people, please call Lisa Murray at 512-475-8086 to arrange a tour.

APRIL PROGRAMS

Poetry on the Plaza: Deans' Choice

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Deans’ Choice

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 7 P.M.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT THE RITZ, 320 E. 6th Street*
BEAT FILM SERIES This series features selected works from filmmakers involved in the Beat movement, including: Frank Paine’s Motion Picture (1956), Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie’s Pull My Daisy (1959), Ed Bland’s Cry of Jazz (1958), Shirley Clarke’s Bridges-Go-Round (1958), and Stan Brakhage’s Anticipation of the Night (1958). LEARN MORE. Co-sponsored by The Austin Chronicle, Austinist, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, the Austin Film Society, and The University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication and Department of Radio-Television-Film. Purchase ">TICKETS or a SERIES PASS.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 7 P.M.         
LECTURE David S. Rubin, Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, presents “California Beat: West Coast Art from the Beat Era.”

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 7 P.M.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT THE RITZ, 320 E. 6th Street*
BEAT FILM SERIES John Cassavetes’s Shadows (1959), Stan Brakhage’s Desistfilm (1954), and Shirley Clarke’s Skyscraper (1959). LEARN MORE. Co-sponsored by The Austin Chronicle, Austinist, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, the Austin Film Society, and The University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication and Department of Radio-Television-Film. Purchase ">TICKETS or a SERIES PASS.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 6:30 P.M. CMA AUDITORIUM (CMA A2.320)
LECTURE Photojournalist Harry Mattison discusses his work in Central America, the Middle East, and southern Africa in “Some Things We Can Learn from Images of War.”

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Nobel Poets

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 7 P.M.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT THE RITZ, 320 E. 6th Street*
BEAT FILM SERIES Alfred Leslie’s The Last Clean Shirt (1964), Peter Whitehead’s Wholly Communion (1965), Anthony Balch and William S. Burroughs’s Towers Open Fire (1962), and Christopher MacLaine’s The End (1953) and Beat (1958). LEARN MORE. Co-sponsored by The Austin Chronicle, Austinist, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, the Austin Film Society, and The University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication and Department of Radio-Television-Film. Purchase ">TICKETS or a SERIES PASS.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 7 P.M.
READING Anne Waldman, co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, discusses her life as a Beat poet.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 7 P.M.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE AT THE RITZ, 320 E. 6th Street*
BEAT FILM SERIES Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising (1964) and Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965), and Roger Corman’s A Bucket of Blood (1959). LEARN MORE. Co-sponsored by The Austin Chronicle, Austinist, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, the Austin Film Society, and The University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication and Department of Radio-Television-Film. Purchase ">TICKETS or a SERIES PASS.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 7 P.M.
LECTURE Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and editor of Windblown World: The Journals of Jack Kerouac 1947-1954 and Jack Kerouac: Road Novels 1957-1960, offers his insights into “Jack Kerouac’s America.”

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 7 P.M.
TOUR David Coleman, the Ransom Center’s Curator of Photography, leads a gallery tour of Inside El Salvador.

*Tickets required


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE
 

Listen to “Scrollmaster” talk about preserving Kerouac’s scroll

Jim Canary is a conservator at Indiana University’s Lilly Library, but he also has the job of caring for Jack Kerouac’s scroll manuscript of On the Road. While in Austin to install the scroll, Canary spoke with Molly Schwartzburg, Curator of On the Road with the Beats. LEARN about how he got the job of caring for this unique 120-foot document and why he thinks Kerouac’s looking down and laughing at the attention given to the scroll now. 

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