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  NEWS

Jackie Kennedy, Arlington, Virginia, 1963. © Elliott Er

Photographer Elliott Erwitt’s archive to be housed at the Ransom Center

The archive of photographer Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928), which includes more than 50,000 signed photographic prints, will be housed at the Ransom Center. Spanning more than six decades of Erwitt’s career, the archive covers not only his work for magazine, industrial, and advertising clients but also photographs that have emerged from personal interests. LEARN MORE.

 

Commentary magazine archive donated to Ransom Center

Commentary magazine has donated its archive to the Ransom Center. Founded in November 1945, just months after the conclusion of World War II, Commentary magazine was established to reconnect assimilated American Jews and Jewish intellectuals with the broader Jewish community and to bring the ideas of young Jewish intellectuals to a wider audience. Spanning from 1945 to 1995, the archive consists mainly of editorial correspondence, galleys, and other records. LEARN MORE.

 

View photographs from “Uncensored” event

Thank you to our members and guests who made the opening party for our fall exhibitions a fun and successful event. There are many great PHOTOGRAPHS of the evening, which included a door signing, screenprinting, and posing with “black bar” sunglasses. Complimentary admission and valet parking at opening celebrations are just two of the benefits of being a member. JOIN TODAY to reserve your invitation to the members-only Director’s Reception and Open House on November 16.

 

Five works of artist Tom Lea on view

Five works on paper by artist and writer Tom Lea (1907-2001) are on view during October in the Director’s Gallery in the Tom Lea Rooms on the Ransom Center’s third floor (3.206). William and Ann Kiely loaned the items in celebration of Tom Lea Month, an annual celebration of the artist in his hometown of El Paso.  The works can be seen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. The Ransom Center holds the largest single collection of Lea's works.

 

Get the best seat in the house…..

With over 7,300 square feet of exhibition space, an average of 300 items per exhibition, and tours lasting an hour or longer, it’s easy to see why visitors might like to take a seat in the Ransom Center galleries. The Center is currently raising funds for 40 portable gallery seats that can be used while you enjoy our exhibitions. A gift of $50 will purchase one seat, but a donation of any size is welcome. DONATE NOW.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored
Through January 22, 2012

Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored

How did hundreds of thousands of books, pictures, plays, and magazines come to be banned, burned, seized, and censored in the span of less than 30 years? This exhibition reveals the rarely seen "machinery" of censorship in the United States between the two world wars. Using tactics from extra-legal intimidation to federal prosecution, censors from the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, New England's Watch and Ward Society, the Post Office Department, and the Treasury Department waged war on "objectionable" literature. Larger-than-life personalities battled publicly over obscenity, "clean books," and freedom of expression while writers, agents, and publishers attempted to navigate the increasingly complex world of American censorship. LEARN MORE.

 

The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

As early as 1921, noteworthy visitors to Frank Shay's bookshop, located at 4 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, began signing the narrow door that opened onto the store's back room. When the shop closed in 1925, manager Juliette Koenig preserved the door and, with it, a revelatory slice of cultural history. Signed by 240 writers, artists, actors, publishers, and other community members, this unusual artifact presents a unique opportunity to reconsider the intersecting communities that made the Village an epicenter of American modernism and literary commerce. LEARN MORE.

 

The gallery exhibition is complemented by a web exhibition of the same name. LEARN MORE.

 

Enjoy a public tour of the exhibitions on Tuesdays at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

  OCTOBER PROGRAMS

The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 19

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7 P.M.
CURATOR TOUR Molly Schwartzburg, Cline Curator of Literature, leads a tour of The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7 P.M.
DISCUSSION Mike Barsanti and Rob Berry discuss Ulysses “Seen,” their graphic novel adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and issues of copyright and censorship in the twenty-first century.

 

CANCELLED
SCREENING As part of the Austin Film Festival, Buck Henry, screenwriter of The Graduate (1967) and director of Heaven Can Wait (1978), introduces Catch-22 (1970), his film adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 3:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE RITZ, 320 E. 6TH STREET
SCREENING As part of the Austin Film Festival, this double-feature screening includes a restored print of Nicholas Ray’s final feature film We Can’t Go Home Again (1976) and the feature-length documentary Don’t Expect Too Much (2011), in which Ray’s widow Susan leads an exploration into the difficulties that Ray faced in Hollywood and the significant influence he continues to have on filmmakers today. The Ransom Center houses the Nicholas Ray archive. LEARN MORE.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7 P.M.
LECTURE Associate Curator of Art Peter Mears discusses Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, which resides in the Ransom Center’s collection. The painting is on display through January 8, 2012. This program will be WEBCAST LIVE.


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Photo by Eric Beggs

Author busts keep watch over scholars in the Reading Room

It’s hard enough to do archival research without the subjects themselves peering over your shoulder. But if you visit the Ransom Center Reading Room to pore over the letters, manuscripts, and papers of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Robert De Niro, or Edgar Allan Poe, they are all there to supervise your research—or at least their busts are. LEARN MORE.

 

 
October 2011

IN THIS ISSUE


Read Cultural Compass
Ransom Center open late on Thursdays
Learn about resources for K-12 educators

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) BRAZIL. Buzios. 1990. © Elliott Erwitt/MAGNUM PHOTOS.
News image:
Jackie Kennedy, Arlington, Virginia, 1963. © Elliott Erwitt/MAGNUM PHOTOS.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored exhibition.
Public Programs image:
Graphic identity for The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925.
Insider's Perspective image:
Photo by Eric Beggs.

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