Poetry on the Plaza: Childhood Favorites READING WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, NOON
Poetry on the Plaza: Childhood Favorites
"Westering America: Frontier Thinking and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art" LECTURE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7 P.M.
Andrew J. Walker, Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, presents "Westering America: Frontier Thinking and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art" for the 2013 Amon Carter Lecture. The lecture takes place Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.
VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. CST on Thursday, December 5.
The concept of "westering" originated from the first director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as an innovative approach that has strongly influenced the institution's process of collecting since its inception. Borrowed from Frederick Jackson Turner's famous 1893 declaration that the West had been won, the idea suggests that there was always a "west," a frontier, from the very early days of America's establishment. "Settlement," whether in New England or Cincinnati or the west as it exists today, has been a thread that, 50 years later, reveals a subtle historical point of continuity that has guided the growth of the museum's collection.
The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.
Attendees will have the opportunity to win a copy of Elliott Erwitt's Museum Watching.
Alec Soth and Brad Zellar POP-UP EXHIBITION FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7 P.M.
After an excursion around Texas, exploring the state's faces, voices, places, and stories, Magnum photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar share the results of their wanderings in a one-night-only pop-up exhibition and provide a preview of the Texas installment of their limited edition newspaper The LBM Dispatch. Presented with support from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.
Magnum Photographers Discussion DISCUSSION THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 7 P.M.
Austin Center for Photography and the Harry Ransom Center co-host a panel discussion with Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey, Constantine Manos, and Eli Reed, moderated by David Coleman, Director of The Witliff Collections. The event is free and open to the public.
Members of the Harry Ransom Center and Austin Center for Photography receive priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue.
All events take place at the Ransom Center unless otherwise noted and are subject to change.
The contents of these presentations reflect the opinions of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of the Harry Ransom Center and/or The University of Texas at Austin.
Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Many programs are webcast live.
All programs and exhibitions are free unless otherwise noted.
Please request ASL or ADA accommodation at least five business days in advance by contacting Danielle Sigler at 512-232-5170 or by email.
Event times are noted in Central Standard Time.
The University Co-op presents the Harry Ransom Lectures
The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for a public event and conversations with University students.
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All programs and exhibitions are free unless otherwise noted. Please be aware that Ransom Center events may be photographed and/or filmed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the Center to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the mission of the Ransom Center, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.