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Harry Ransom Center eNews July August 2010 eNews
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Magnum Photos collection

Magnum Photos collection now open

The Magnum Photos collection, comprising more than 1,300 boxes of photographic materials, is now open to researchers, students, and the public at the Ransom Center. Dating from the 1930s to 2004, the bulk of the 210,000 photographs from Magnum Photos's New York bureau are gelatin silver prints, though the collection also contains some color prints. LEARN MORE or view a FINDING AID for the collection.


European popular imagery collection now accessible online

Spanning the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries, the Ransom Center’s European popular imagery collection is now fully accessible online via two sources: the Center’s finding aid and ARTstor’s nonprofit digital library. The Ransom Center’s online finding aid includes descriptive text derived from collectors' notes and a lengthy subject index. Each record in the finding aid also includes a link to the related image. LEARN MORE.


Watch video interviews with novelist Alan Furst

Writer Alan Furst, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center, is known for his historical espionage novels set in pre-World War II Europe. His most recent novel, Spies of the Balkans, was released in June. Furst visited the Ransom Center last fall and discussed his writing and his archive. VIEW highlights from the interview.


Volunteer opportunities

Gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of the Ransom Center and help us achieve our public outreach goals. The Ransom Center is looking for friendly individuals to serve as docents and visitor services volunteers. Visitor services VOLUNTEERS welcome and orient visitors to the Ransom Center, while docents are trained to give tours of the exhibitions. Positions require a commitment of 4 hours per week from September through May. Please complete and return a volunteer APPLICATION by August 2. On the application, check the box for “Docent” and/or “Visitor Services.”


Become a member now to attend the opening of the Gernsheim exhibition

The Harry Ransom Center announces a “Picture Perfect Evening” to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection. Become a member now to receive your complimentary ticket and valet parking for the opening on Friday, September 10. Non-members may purchase tickets to the opening party for $20 (valet parking included). JOIN or PURCHASE TICKETS now.


Ransom Center exhibitions and related materials win national awards

The Ransom Center's brochure The Mystique of the Archive won the 2010 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Award from the American Library Association. LEARN MORE. Also, the campaign to promote From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe and the exhibition materials for Making Movies won national awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.


  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Closing August 1

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 VIDEOS of Ransom Center Film Curator Steve Wilson discussing items in the exhibition.


¡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. VIEW VIDEO of Rosalba Ojeda, Consul General of México in Austin, discussing the value of seeing original materials that illuminate these important milestones in Mexico's history.


At the Blanton Museum through August 1

Manuel Álvarez Bravo and His Contemporaries: Photographs from the Collections of the Harry Ransom Center and the Blanton Museum of Art

Organized by the Blanton as part of The University of Texas at Austin’s celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial, the exhibition features 45 iconic images by “the father of Mexican photography” drawn from the Harry Ransom Center and the Blanton—the University's two primary collections of cultural materials. The show also includes examples of important work by Álvarez Bravo’s contemporaries, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston. VIEW a blog post by Blanton Associate Curator of Latin American Art Ursula Davila-Villa about the life and work of Álvarez Bravo.


*To install the hundreds of objects featured in our upcoming exhibition, the Ransom Center Galleries will be temporarily closed from August 2 through September 7, when a new exhibition opens to the public. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.




MAKING MOVIES FILM SERIES Edgar G. Ulmer directs Tom Neal and Ann Savage in Detour (1945). VIEW TRAILER.


MEMBER EVENT Members are invited to a reception and screening of Sunset Boulevard (1950), part of the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series. At 6 p.m., enjoy a Ransom Center members-only pre-show reception, with a cash bar, on the second floor. Members receive free admission and reserved seating at the 7 p.m. screening of Sunset Boulevard, plus complimentary popcorn and soft drinks. Please bring your membership card to the event. Open to all Ransom Center members, but RSVP requested by Wednesday, July 7 to 512-232-3669 or rsvp@hrc.utexas.edu. LEARN MORE about the membership program.


MAKING MOVIES FILM SERIES Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), directed by Mike Nichols. VIEW TRAILER.


MAKING MOVIES FILM SERIES Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci star in Casino (1995), directed by Martin Scorsese. VIEW TRAILER.


*There are no programs scheduled during the month of August at the Ransom Center.


Book of Hours III

The rise and fall of Books of Hours

Books of Hours were medieval prayer books designed for laymen.  Part I of this series describes the emergence of the Book of Hours as a distinctive class of text and provides an introduction to the subject.  Part II discusses and illustrates the most common elements found inside a Book of Hours.  The current installment surveys the 300-year reign of the Book of Hours as a medieval bestseller. LEARN MORE.


July/August 2010


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Masthead image:
(Detail) Film still from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) with Elizabeth Taylor.
News image:
The Magnum collection at the Harry Ransom Center, with Alex Webb's GRENADA in foreground. Gouayave. Bar. 1979. (©Alex Webb/Magnum Photos). Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition identity graphic for Making Movies.
Public Programs image:
Film poster for Detour (1945).
Insider's Perspective image:
Penitential Psalms. Printed by Gillet Hardouyn, Paris, ca.1510. Latin and French.

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