"West by Southwest" OPENING PARTY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7–10 P.M.
Join us for an evening of art, music, and cocktails to celebrate the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West.
At the event, enjoy Texas country tunes with Glen Collins and the Alibis, wine and a signature cocktail, bbq sandwiches courtesy of Freedmen's, and an after-hours look at the exhibition. Become part of Reaugh's landscape as you pose in the photo booth. Guests will also have a chance to win a Western-themed luxury prize package, including horseback riding lessons and memberships from the Bullock Museum and Wildflower Center.
Ransom Center members receive free tickets to all exhibition openings (non-members pay $20). Join as a member, before tickets open to the public! Membership starts at $50 for an Individual (one ticket) or $90 for a Dual level (two tickets). You will also receive a year of member benefits and exclusive events, including a Director's Reception, behind-the-scenes access to the collections, a talk by Salman Rushdie, and more!
If you are not yet a member, a limited number of $20 tickets will be available starting Tuesday, September 1 (until quantities last). We anticipate the event will sell out, so become a member today!
Curator Tour of Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West TOUR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 7 P.M.
Join Ransom Center Curator of Art Peter Mears for an inside look at the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West. To ensure the best experience for attendees, the tour is limited to 60 people. Free tickets for the program can be picked up at the Center's visitor desk starting at 6 p.m. on the day of the tour.
Austin Museum Day TOUR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, NOON–5 P.M.
Take part in the city-wide celebration of the Austin museum community with a visit to the Ransom Center. Enjoy the current exhibition, Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, and view the Gutenberg Bible and First Photograph, both on permanent display in the lobby. Free docent-led tours of the exhibition begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Poetry on the Plaza READING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 4 P.M.
Hear poetry inspired by the American West at Poetry on the Plaza in the afternoon. Light refreshments will be served. Following the reading, visit the galleries during extended Thursday hours to view Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West.
Central Market Cooking Class MEMBER EVENT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 11 A.M.
Enjoy a brunch inspired by Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West. Chat with experts from the Ransom Center about the fall 2015 exhibition for an insider view revealing Frank Reaugh's adventures and artistic practices.
Chef Louis Ortiz will demonstrate campfire cooking techniques and traditions and will share recipes that pay tribute to camp cooks. The menu includes baby back ribs with chipotle barbeque sauce and a whole beef ribeye loin; a trio of sides: roasted potato salad, cast iron baked beans, and Nopalitos with bacon and pecans; and cast-iron seasonal berry cobbler.
Pre-payment and registration required online or by calling 512-206-1051. The cost of the class is $55. Ransom Center members receive a 10 percent discount from August 1–7. Register early, as class size is limited.
After the class, enjoy a docent-led public tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. at the Ransom Center.
Frank Reaugh's Life and Work DISCUSSION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 4 P.M.
Frank Reaugh was an artist, inventor, and incurable wanderer. Discover more about Reaugh's life and work through a lively discussion with Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Rebecca E. Lawton, Ransom Center Head of Exhibition Services Kenneth Grant, and Ransom Center Curator of Art Peter Mears. The companion publication Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh will be available for purchase. Visit the galleries after the discussion to view Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West.
Member Tour of Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 6 P.M.
Join exhibition curator Peter Mears for an exclusive member tour of Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West as he discusses how he researched and organized the exhibition, as well as the continued importance of Frank Reaugh and his work. Open to current members at the Alliance level and above.
Claire Redcliffe: "Perchance to Dream" READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, NOON
Claire Redcliffe from the touring Shakespeare company Actors from the London Stage presents "Perchance to Dream" at Poetry on the Plaza. Light refreshments will be served.
"'Hearts With One Purpose Alone': W. B. Yeats and the Irish Revolution" LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7 P.M.
Roy Foster, author of the authorized two-volume biography of W. B. Yeats and the acclaimed Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890–1923, presents "'Hearts With One Purpose Alone': W. B. Yeats and the Irish Revolution." Foster will reveal the explosive interaction between literature, culture, and politics in Ireland—focusing on the extraordinary events that brought about Ireland's independence from Britain and the part played by Ireland's greatest poet. A reception follows. Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Austin.
Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy SYMPOSIUM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28–FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
To mark the opening of the Gabriel García Márquez archive, the Harry Ransom Center and LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin present the symposium Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy. Registration for the symposium has filled. #GarciaMarquezUT
Salman Rushdie LECTURE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 6 P.M.
Internationally acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie delivers the keynote address for the symposium Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy. All attendees must present a free ticket for entrance. Registrants of the symposium have reserved seating. Free tickets will be available to Ransom Center members on September 15, at 10 a.m. CST, and to the public on September 22, at 10 a.m. CST. #GarciaMarquezUT
Director's Reception and Open House MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7 P.M.
Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new members. This exclusive evening features behind-the-scenes presentations from curators, light bites and wine, and welcoming remarks by Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss.
Members will have a chance to view Ransom Center collection items in second floor classrooms, enjoy a closer look at the exhibition, Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, and meet curatorial, conservation, and collection staff.
Invitation only; RSVP required. Space is limited. This event is open to new members.
Poet Srikanth Reddy LECTURE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 7 P.M.
Poet Srikanth Reddy, the author of Facts for Visitors (2004), Voyager (2011), and a book of criticism, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry (2012), delivers the Bagley Wright Lecture. This international lecture series, created by Wave Books, offers leading poets the opportunity for in-depth exploration of the subject of poetry and poetics. Sponsored by the New Writers Project and the Department of English at The University of Texas at Austin.
Red River (1948) WESTERN FILM SERIES SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 3 P.M.
John Wayne and Montgomery Clift clash as father and son on a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas in Red River (1948). This movie was Clift's first feature film role. Run time 133 minutes.
Twenty-four Hours with the Herd PERFORMANCE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:15 and 9:30 P.M.
Award-winning Austin composer Graham Reynolds reimagines Frank Reaugh's groundbreaking 1933 performance, Twenty-four Hours with the Herd, with special guest Redd Volkaert. Projections, live music, and 4-D effects bring to life the seven panoramic pastel landscapes that constitute this landmark work. Co-presented with the Bullock Museum in conjunction with their Tom Lea exhibition. Tickets required.
Building Tour MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 11 A.M.
Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions, leads a behind-the-scenes, top-to-bottom tour of the Ransom Center, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments, discussing the past and future of collection development and stewardship. Open to Guild-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.
Duel in the Sun (1946) WESTERN FILM SERIES SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 3 P.M.
Joseph Cotton, Jennifer Jones, and Gregory Peck star in the epic western Duel in the Sun (1946), directed by King Vidor and produced by David O. Selznick. The Ransom Center houses Selznick's archive. Run time 129 minutes.
Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life LECTURE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 7 P.M.
For the annual Stanley Burnshaw Lecture, Jonathan Bate tells the inside story of his new biography, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life. Bate spent years working through Hughes's archive only to have the estate's authorization withdrawn. A reception and book signing follow.
The Searchers (1956) WESTERN FILM SERIES SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 3 P.M.
John Ford's classic western The Searchers (1956) follows John Wayne as Ethan Edwards as he attempts to rescue his niece, played by Natalie Wood. This film, shot in brilliant Technicolor, is widely considered Ford's masterpiece. Run time 119 minutes.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) WESTERN FILM SERIES SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 3 P.M.
Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne star in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). The film's central story, shown as a flashback, looks at the old west with a slightly cynical eye, heralding many Western films of the 1960s. Run time 123 minutes.
Closing Soon: Frank Reaugh TOUR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, NOON–5 P.M.
Visit Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West before it closes. Docent-led tours at noon and 2 p.m. The companion publication Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh will be available for purchase.
Jim Crace and Anthony Giardina READING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 7:30 P.M.
The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin hosts readings by writers and visiting professors Jim Crace and Anthony Giardina. Crace's archive resides at the Ransom Center.
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