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Red Carpet premier 

Red Carpet Premiere photographs now on Flickr

Thank you to our members and guests who made the red carpet premiere of the Making Movies exhibition such a success. There are many great PHOTOGRAPHS of the event on our Flickr page. Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening receptions are just some of the benefits of membership. View a CALENDAR of the other member events that we have planned for spring. We look forward to seeing you back at the Ransom Center soon.


Salinger materials on display through March 12

In conjunction with last week's event "A Tribute to J. D. Salinger," the Ransom Center has a case of Salinger materials on display through March 12 in the lobby. READ more about the Center's Salinger collection in this blog post by Curator of British and American Literature Molly Schwartzburg.


View "Script to Screen" content

"Script to Screen" highlights sections of Making Movies, providing insight into the exhibition and revealing some of the fascinating items on view. You can view all the content HERE, including a slideshow of North by Northwest (1959) research photos of Mount Rushmore, a slideshow of Gone With The Wind (1939) makeup photos, audio with Alfred Hitchcock, and much more. 


UT Students: Apply today to participate in a seminar with David Mamet

The Harry Ransom Center is pleased to provide current University of Texas at Austin graduate and undergraduate students with the opportunity to join playwright, writer, and director David Mamet on “A Journey Towards Meaning.” LEARN MORE about the application process. Deadline to apply is today.


Vote like an Academy member

There are materials from 10 films represented in the Ransom Center’s Making Movies exhibition that have won the Oscar for Best Picture. VOTE for your favorite.


Making Movies 

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.


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, in conjunction with the exhibition ¡Viva! Mexico's Independence. WATCH VIDEO DOCUMENTARY about the Kahlo portrait's return to the Ransom Center after many years on loan to museums around the country and globe. 


John Banville's 'The Infinites'TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 7 P.M.
READING Booker Prize–winning author of The Sea, John Banville, reads from his new novel, The Infinities. A book signing follows. This program will be webcast live.


READING Poetry on the Plaza: The Poetry of Africa


LECTURE Patrick Keating, author of Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir, discusses the history and evolution of lighting in Hollywood films. This program will be webcast live.


TOUR Steve Wilson, the Ransom Center’s Associate Curator of Film, leads a gallery tour of Making Movies. View a video preview of the exhibition.


Silence: Lectures and Writings by John Cage

Cage Uncaged

John Cage pushed classical music’s limits. He stuck screws and weather stripping into pianos, composed a silent piece, and chose notes at random based on ancient Chinese divination. The Ransom Center holds Cage correspondence in several different collections, revealing Cage’s early efforts to establish a center for experimental music, his mushroom expertise, his friendships, and his vision for classical music. LEARN MORE about the letters of this leading figure of experimental music.


March 2010


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(Detail) Scene concept for West Side Story (1961).
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Photo from Red Carpet Premier by Anthony Maddaloni.
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