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Making Movies

Become a member now to attend the opening of the Making Movies exhibition

The Harry Ransom Center announces a special opening celebration for the spring exhibition, Making Movies. Become a member now to receive your complimentary ticket to the red carpet premiere on Friday, February 12. As an added bonus, join at the Supporting level or above before January 15, and receive exclusive access to a photo preview of the exhibition, and two movie tickets to the Alamo Drafthouse. Non-members may purchase tickets to the premiere for $20 (valet parking included). JOIN or PURCHASE TICKETS now.


Author Jayne Anne Phillips a finalist for National Book Award

Jayne Anne Phillips, whose papers reside at the Ransom Center, was named a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for her novel Lark & Termite.


Charles Darwin and Sir John Herschel: The Fossil Record of a Relationship

Richard Oram, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian at the Ransom Center, explores an inscribed first edition of On the Origin of Species that Darwin sent to scientist Herschel in 1859. LEARN MORE.


  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS  Closing January 3

Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works

Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works

Discover “other worlds” and the changing notions of the solar system, the moon, and the planets over the centuries. In conjunction with the International Year of Astronomy in 2009, this exhibition, drawn exclusively from the Center’s collections, showcases important astronomical discoveries of the last 500 years. Highlights include the Coronelli celestial globe (1688); Copernicus’s De Revolutionibus (1543); first editions of works by Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton; and the first map of the moon. VIEW an interactive virtual model of the Coronelli celestial globe.


From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe

Experience the enduring influence of Edgar Allan Poe in this comprehensive exhibition about the great American poet, critic, and inventor of the detective story. Commemorating the bicentennial of Poe’s birth, this exhibition draws upon the extensive holdings of the Ransom Center and the University of Virginia to explore Poe’s works, his relationships and mysterious death, and his literary reputation. Highlights include letters from and about the author, Poe’s writing desk, original illustrations, and manuscripts of such works as “The Bells” and “The Raven.” LEARN MORE or VISIT the Poe digital collections to explore images of Poe manuscripts, letters, and more.


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. LEARN MORE.


*To install the hundreds of objects for our upcoming exhibitions, the Ransom Center Galleries will be temporarily closed from January 4 through February 9, when the new exhibitions open to the public. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.



Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters

READING Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters


LECTURE For the 2009 Stanley Burnshaw Lecture, author Morris Dickstein presents “Making Sense of Hard Times: How the Arts Helped Americans through the Great Depression.” A book signing follows.


OTHER WORLDS FILM SERIES Robert De Niro, whose archive is housed at the Ransom Center, appears in Stardust (2007), directed by Matthew Vaughn. VIEW TRAILER.


TOUR Exhibition co-curators Richard Oram and Molly Schwartzburg lead a gallery tour of From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.



Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio“Existentialism for Beginners”

Franco-Mauritian author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio wrote his first book at the age of eight, published an award-winning first novel at 23, has garnered comparisons to Albert Camus, and won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature. Decades prior, Le Clézio spent time as a scholar in residence at The University of Texas at Austin. LEARN MORE about this lauded author and see his reading list for a 1976 University of Texas seminar on modern French literature.


December 2009/January 2010


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