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  NEWS

 

Magnum Archive Collection Comes to the Ransom CenterMagnum Archive Collection comes to the Ransom Center

Magnum Photos, Inc., MSD Capital, L.P., and the Harry Ransom Center today jointly announced a landmark partnership under which the Magnum Archive Collection, which contains nearly 200,000 original press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, will be preserved, catalogued, and made accessible by the Ransom Center.  The Collection will reside at the Ransom Center pursuant to an agreement with its new owner, an affiliate of MSD Capital, which recently acquired the prints from Magnum Photos. LEARN MORE.

 

Ransom Center acquires Andre Dubus papers

The Ransom Center has acquired the papers of American writer Andre Dubus (1936-1999), widely considered to be a master of the short story. The archive contains more than 80 notebooks that span almost 20 years, featuring notes, poems, outlines, essays, stories, and more. LEARN MORE.

 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis letters donated

The Ransom Center has acquired a collection of letters written by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to editor Ray Roberts, who was her colleague at Doubleday & Co. The letters date from 1978 to 1992. Kennedy began her publishing career at Viking in 1975 and became an associate editor at Doubleday in early 1978. There are 50 letters from Kennedy to Roberts, more than half of which were sent between 1978 and 1980 while Kennedy and Roberts were colleagues. LEARN MORE.

 

Coming Attraction! Red Carpet Premiere for Making Movies exhibition

Join us on the red carpet on Friday, February 12 for an exclusive premiere to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Making Movies. Members receive complimentary admission and valet parking at this celebration. Non-members may purchase tickets to the premiere for $20 (valet parking included). JOIN or PURCHASE TICKETS now.

 

Collection of Italian opera libretti now accessible through database

A major collection of Italian opera libretti is now accessible through an online database. The collection of 3,421 items was donated in 1969 by New York rare book dealer Hans P. Kraus. The collection primarily comprises Italian operas but also includes Italian cantatas, serenatas, oratorios, dialogues, and Passions. The collection, which dates from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, documents musical performances by Italian, French, German, and Austrian composers in numerous cities across Italy and around the world. LEARN MORE.

 

  UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Making MoviesOpening February 9

Making Movies

Featuring items from the Ransom Center’s extensive film collections, Making Movies reveals the collaborative nature of the filmmaking process and focuses on how the artists involved—from writers to directors, actors to cinematographers—transform the written word into moving image.

 

Highlights include original scripts, storyboards, production photos, and call sheets, in addition to screenplays from The Third Man, North by Northwest, and Shakespeare in Love, and costumes from Gone With The Wind, An Affair to Remember, and Taxi Driver. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW.

 

¡Viva! Mexico’s Independence

The year 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, pivotal events in Mexico’s struggle for self-governance. ¡Viva! Mexico’s Independence showcases materials from the Ransom Center’s collections, including the 1529 document appointing Hernán Cortés Captain General of New Spain; unpublished letters exchanged between Ferdinand Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, and his wife Carlotta; documentary photographs of the Mexican Revolution; and period broadsides illustrated by José Guadalupe Posada. Sponsored in part by ViaNovo. LEARN MORE.

 

Extended through March 21

 

Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

The Ransom Center's display of Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird has been extended through March 21. The display, which was originally scheduled to close January 3, has been extended in conjunction with the spring exhibition ¡Viva! Mexico's Independence. WATCH VIDEO DOCUMENTARY about the painting's return to the Ransom Center. 

  FEBRUARY PROGRAMS

Poetry on the Plaza: A Poet Walks into a MovieWEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: A Poet Walks into a Movie

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 7 P.M.
DISCUSSION Charles R. Larson of American University speaks about his collection of African, African American, and Native American literature, acquired by the Ransom Center in 2009. Bernth Lindfors, University of Texas at Austin emeritus professor of English, hosts the conversation. This program will be WEBCAST live.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 6 P.M.
OPENING Join us for a red carpet premiere for the exhibition Making Movies. Free for members of the Harry Ransom Center; $20 ticket required for non-members. Details at http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/redcarpet 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7 P.M.
TOUR Steve Wilson, the Ransom Center’s Associate Curator of Film, leads a gallery tour of the exhibition Making Movies.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 7 P.M. JESSEN AUDITORIUM
PERFORMANCE Music from the Collections: Michael Schneider explores the connection between music and movies, featuring live performances of music from West Side Story (1961), The Pianist (2002), and other films. This program will be WEBCAST live.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 7 P.M.
HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Sarah Greenough, Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, presents “Transforming Destiny into Awareness: Robert Frank’s The Americans, 1959.” Presented by the University Co-op.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 7 P.M.
DISCUSSION Local writers and members of The University of Texas at Austin community commemorate the life of J. D. Salinger with readings from his work and correspondence. The event will mark the opening of a small display of Salinger manuscripts, letters, and inscribed books from the Ransom Center's collections. Event co-sponsored by American Short Fiction.

INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Page from "Moll Pitcher"A Student's Survey of the Bieber Collection

Students in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin frequently work on projects at the Ransom Center as part of their coursework. Graduate student Rebecca Smyrl recently surveyed an unusual collection of rare books as part of her work in the school's conservation program. She shares her experience working with the materials in this collection, what she learned, and why the collection is of use to scholars and students. LEARN MORE.

 

 
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IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard (1950).
News image:
Ransom Center Curator of Photography David Coleman unpacks materials from the Magnum archive. Photo by Pete Smith.
Exhibitions image:
Making Movies identity.
Public Programs image:
Photo of Majestic Theatre in Dallas.
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Page from "Moll Pitcher" with illustration.

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