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Spalding GrayRansom Center acquires Spalding Gray archive

The Ransom Center has acquired the archive of writer and actor Spalding Gray (1941–2004). Spanning more than 40 years, the archive traces the author's career since the late 1970s, when Gray helped define a new era in theater where public and private life became an indivisible part of each new performance. Recognized for his critically acclaimed dramatic monologues in which he drew upon his experiences, Gray wrote and performed such works as Swimming to Cambodia (1985), Monster in a Box (1992), Gray's Anatomy (1994), It's a Slippery Slope (1997), and Morning, Noon and Night (1999). LEARN MORE.


Work on Gone With The Wind dresses begins with study of stitching and construction

Within just three weeks last August, 695 people from around the world helped the Ransom Center raise $30,000 to conserve five Gone With The Wind dresses from the Ransom Center’s David O. Selznick archive. LEARN MORE about the initial stages of the conservation project.


Join the Ransom Center for “Wild at Heart”

Celebrate the opening of our upcoming exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century on Friday, February 4, 2011. Guests will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, tours of the exhibitions, and more. Become a member now to receive your complimentary ticket and valet parking. Non-members may purchase tickets to the event for $20 (valet parking included). JOIN or PURCHASE TICKETS now.


Newsweek article explores David Foster Wallace archive

Newsweek writer Seth Colter Walls spent time in the recently opened archives of David Foster Wallace and shares some of his finds in a piece for the magazine. READ the article or view slideshows of material from the archive and material that didn't make it into Wallace's novel Infinite Jest.


Applications now open for Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography

The Ransom Center is accepting applications for the Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography, occurring in Austin June 6-24, 2011. The institute is an opportunity for scholars to acquire intensive training in reading late medieval and early modern manuscripts of Spain and Latin America. All application materials must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2011. LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center receiving applications for 2011-2012 fellowships

The Ransom Center is now receiving applications for its 2011-2012 research fellowships in the humanities. The application deadline is February 1, 2011, and applicants are encouraged, if necessary, to request information from curators by January 1. About 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. Applicants must demonstrate the need for substantial on-site use of the Center’s collections. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO of a scholar discussing his research in the astronomy collections for his forthcoming novel.


Give the gift of membership

Still have names to check off your holiday shopping list? A gift membership is a wonderful way to introduce friends and family to the treasures of the Ransom Center. Members receive a year of benefits, including subscriptions to the biannual print newsletter, Ransom Edition, and the monthly eNews; advance notice of exhibitions, events, and tours; and opportunities for private, behind-the-scenes access to the collections. LEARN MORE


  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Closing January 2

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim CollectioDiscovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection

Drawn from the peerless collection of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, the exhibition features masterpieces from photography’s first 150 years, alongside other images that, while lesser known, are integral to the medium’s history. Highlights include the first photograph (on permanent display at the Ransom Center); works by nineteenth-century masters such as Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Henry Peach Robinson; and iconic images by modern photographers such as Man Ray, Edward Weston, Robert Capa, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. LEARN MORE.


READ "Ransom Center rolls out historic photo exhibit" from the Austin American-Statesman.


Take a free guided tour of the exhibition on Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Please call 512-475-8086 to make arrangements for groups of 10 or more.


*To install the hundreds of objects for our upcoming exhibitions, Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century, the Ransom Center Galleries will be temporarily closed from January 3 through February 1, when the new exhibitions open to the public. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.


The Ransom Center galleries will remain open during the holidays but will be closed Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Reading Room will be closed December 18 and December 24 through January 1.



Poetry on the PlazaWEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Harmonica Bob: The Poetry of Bob Dylan


LECTURE Drew University historian Jonathan Rose delivers the inaugural Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture, “Winston Churchill’s Public Library.” This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


TOUR David Coleman, the Ransom Center’s Curator of Photography, leads a gallery tour of Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection.


*There are no programs scheduled during January at the Ransom Center.


Julia Child“The Proper Binge”: Julia Child in the Ransom Center archives

The Ransom Center holds the Knopf Inc. archive, which includes material related to the publication of the groundbreaking cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle. LEARN MORE about some of the letters that document the book's progress and publication over several years.


December 2010/January 2011


Masthead image:
(Detail) Playbill for Spalding Gray's show It's a Slippery Slope at the Lincoln Center at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City. The show ran at the theater from November 2, 1996, to January 6, 1997.
News image:
Performance notebooks and journals from the Spalding Gray archive. Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition graphic identity for Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Exhibition.
Public Programs image:
Harmonica photo by Anthony Maddaloni.
Insider's Perspective image:
L'École des Trois Gourmandes: Louisette Bertholle, Simone (Simca) Beck, and Julia Child.
1953. Photograph by Paul Child. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. records.

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