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Inspection of Kahlo paintingA World of Interest: Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

Watch a video documentary about the homecoming of one of the Harry Ransom Center’s most famous and frequently borrowed art works, Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Featuring interviews with curators and installers, the video narrates the painting’s recent return to the Ransom Center, its unpacking and assessment, and finally, its installation on the first floor. WATCH NOW.


Win a signed Don DeLillo book

Help the Ransom Center obtain new followers on Twitter by spreading the word about @ransomcenter. Every new follower during the month of June will be entered in a drawing for a book signed by Don DeLillo, and everyone who helps us out by recommending @ransomcenter in a tweet will be entered in a separate drawing for a book signed by DeLillo. TWEET NOW.


Fellowship recipients announced for 2009-2010

The Ransom Center has awarded more than 50 fellowships for the upcoming academic year to scholars. VIEW A LIST of recipients and their topics, which include “The Left-Conservative Imagination: Norman Mailer’s Political Thought,” “Dreams of a Totalitarian Utopia: Literary Modernism and Politics,” and “Radio Literature: The Broadcasts of Welles, Thomas, Beckett, and Stoppard.”


Ransom Center art featured in Austin exhibition

Running through August 30, Texas Treasures: Early Texas Art from Austin Museums is the first collective exhibition of important early Texas artworks from the collections of the Blanton Museum, the Ransom Center, the Austin Museum of Art, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. The exhibition at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum features works from the Ransom Center's art collections by Nannie Huddle, Hermann Lungkwitz, and Frank Reaugh. LEARN MORE.


Through August 2, 2009

The Persian SensationThe Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West

The year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Edward FitzGerald’s landmark translation of the poetry of the medieval Persian astronomer Omar Khayyám. These gemlike verses about mortality, fate, and doubt became an unprecedented popular phenomenon in England and America but have since fallen into obscurity. Featuring 200 items from the Ransom Center’s extensive collections, the exhibition narrates The Rubáiyát’s history through such items as Persian manuscripts, miniature editions, and illustrated parodies. LEARN MORE or JOIN the Omar Khayyám Club on Facebook.


Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the art of freelance photographer Fritz Henle (1909-1993). A contributor to such magazines as LIFE and Harper’s Bazaar, Henle had a distinctive style that was characterized by a unique combination of the realistic and the romantic. Featuring more than 100 photographs, this exhibition encompasses a broad range of Henle’s work, including images of 1930s New York, Mexico, and Paris; innovative nudes; and portraits of famous personalities. LEARN MORE.


Through January 3, 2010

On Display: Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous and frequently borrowed artworks. VIEW DOCUMENTARY about the painting's return to the Ransom Center after her travels around the world.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the work of another Latin American artist. Francisco Matto: The Modern and the Mythic opens in Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art on June 21.



Film still from THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 7 P.M.
ORIENTALIST SILENTS George Melford’s film The Sheik (1921), starring Rudolph Valentino. VIEW CLIP.


LECTURE For the 2009 Amon Carter Lecture, Hayden Herrera, art historian and biographer of Frida Kahlo, presents “Frida Kahlo: Her Art and Life.” This program will be WEBCAST live.


ORIENTALIST SILENTS Raoul Walsh’s film The Thief of Bagdad (1924), starring Douglas Fairbanks. VIEW CLIP.



Frida Kahlo's Diego y Yo

In addition to Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, which is currently on display in the Ransom Center's lobby, the Center owns two other Kahlo works. One of those works is the charcoal and ink drawing Diego y Yo, a self-portrait of Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera. Ransom Center Associate Curator of Art Peter Mears takes a closer look at the story behind this work. LEARN MORE.


June 2009


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Masthead image:
(Detail) Fritz Henle. Frida Kahlo at Xochimilco, Mexico. 1937. © Fritz Henle Estate.
News image:
Ransom Center staff members Ken Grant and Wyndell Faulk inspect Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird.
Exhibitions image:
The Persian Sensation.
Public Programs image:
Film still from The Sheik.
Insider's Perspective image:
Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954)
Diego y Yo, 1930.
Oil on canvas, 61.25 cm x 47 cm
© 2009 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtemoc 06059, Mexico, DF.

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