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"Ampersand" Opening Party MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 7 P.M.

The "Ampersand" opening party is now at capacity.
No tickets or memberships will be sold at the door.

Join us for "Ampersand," the opening celebration of the exhibitions Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions and Shakespeare in Print and Performance. Current members receive priority access to tickets.


Photographer Penelope Umbrico ARTIST TALK THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 7 P.M.

Penelope Umbrico's groundbreaking photo-based installations, video, and digital media works explore the rapidly evolving technologies of image making and the proliferation of images online. Umbrico discusses her use of photo-sharing and consumer websites as an expansive archive as she navigates between producer and consumer. Umbrico's work is featured in the exhibition Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions.

Curator Tour of Shakespeare in Print and Performance CURATOR TOUR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 7 P.M.

Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts Gerald Cloud and Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary offer unique insight into the exhibition Shakespeare in Print and Performance. To ensure the best experience for attendees, capacity is limited. Free tickets will be available at the visitor desk starting at 6 p.m.

MARCH 2016

Bob Woodward and Alexander Butterfield DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 6 P.M.


Bob Woodward and Alexander Butterfield, deputy to White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman, discuss Woodward's new book The Last of the President's Men and Butterfield's experiences in the Nixon White House. Mark Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Presidential Library, moderates the conversation. The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers reside at the Ransom Center. Tickets required.

Poetry on the Plaza: Shakespeare's Sonnets READING THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 4 P.M.

Join us for a late afternoon reading of Shakespeare's sonnets and visit the exhibition Shakespeare in Print and Performance. Light refreshments will be served.


The Ransom Center joins the "biggest open house in Texas." Tour the exhibitions Look Inside and Shakespeare in Print and Performance.

Curator Tour of Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions CURATOR TOUR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 7 P.M.

Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, leads a tour of Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions.

Member Tour of Shakespeare in Print and Performance MEMBER EVENT TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 6 P.M.

Join exhibition curators for an exclusive member tour of Shakespeare in Print and Performance. Open to current members at the Alliance level and above; RSVP required.


Peter Bay on Shakespeare and Music LECTURE THURSDAY MARCH 24, 7 P.M.

Austin Symphony Music Director Peter Bay explores the connections between Shakespeare and classical music and looks at different interpretations of Romeo and Juliet, including works by Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Prokofiev as well as Leonard Bernstein's reimagining, West Side Story.

Prof. Douglas S. Bruster, Discoveries in Shakespeare FACULTY LECTURE TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 4 P.M.

Douglas S. Bruster, Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American and English Literature, discusses some of the most recent discoveries concerning the life and career of Shakespeare, including Shakespeare's work as a collaborator on a variety of plays and poems.

Photographer Marco Breuer ARTIST TALK THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M.

Marco Breuer is known for his radical approach to the photographic medium, employing non-traditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film. He discusses the conventions of the medium and his deliberate misuse of its fundamental materials. Breuer's work is featured in the exhibition Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions. Members are invited to a reception at 6 p.m.

APRIL 2016

Antony and Cleopatra STAGED READING THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 7 P.M.

Nationally-renowned classical actors Fran Dorn and Robert Ramirez from the University's Department of Theatre and Dance perform in a staged reading of Antony and Cleopatra. The reading, produced by the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism, also features professional artists from the Austin community. Afterward, enjoy a conversation with the actors about performing Shakespeare.

Nigel Cliff, The Shakespeare Riots LECTURE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7 P.M.

Nigel Cliff, author of The Shakespeare Riots, discusses an 1849 feud between England's leading Shakespearean actor and America's first star of the stage that turned into a full-scale riot in New York. With Bardolatry at its height, the struggle centered on the question of who "owned" Shakespeare.

Prof. James Loehlin, Exploring Shakespeare Through Performance FACULTY LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 4 P.M.

James Loehlin, Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor of English, presents "Exploring Shakespeare Through Performance." Loehlin and students from the Shakespeare at Winedale program highlight the complexity of the Shakespearean text and the interpretive options it provides. Working with scenes from the spring 2016 Winedale production, they demonstrate how language, stagecraft, interpretation, and audience reception combine to generate the range of powerful experiences Shakespeare's plays can yield.

Prof. Andrew Carlson, Textual Difference and Performance in Shakespeare FACULTY LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 4 P.M.

Andrew Carlson, Clinical Assistant Professor and Managing Director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism, discusses how textual differences between folio and quarto texts of Shakespeare influence performance choices. The presentation includes a performance of two interpretations of the same Shakespearean scene.

New Member Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new members with welcoming remarks by Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss. Invitation only; RSVP required.


MAY 2016


Sir Laurence Olivier directed and starred in Hamlet (1949). As the first non-American film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, its stark black and white designs reflect the desire to present the stories of Shakespeare as epics existing outside of time—an approach that mirrors the designs of Edward Gordon Craig and Norman Bel Geddes featured in the exhibition. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 155 minutes, not rated.


Ronald Harwood's The Dresser (1983) is a WWII story of a deteriorating veteran Shakespeare actor (played by Albert Finney) whose personal assistant (Tom Courtenay) must rally the old man before each of his demanding performances. Harwood was the dresser to Donald Wolfit, whose repertory company performed across the UK during the Blitz, and whose papers reside at the Ransom Center. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Members are invited to a reception at 6 p.m. Runtime 118 minutes, rated PG.


Director Julie Taymor's Titus (1999) is a stunningly designed film adaptation of one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, with Anthony Hopkins starring as Titus Andronicus. Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers co-star. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 162 minutes, rated R.

Theatre of Blood (1973) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 26, 7 P.M.

Vincent Price stars in Theatre of Blood (1973), a cult classic about a maligned actor who invites all of his worst critics to an abandoned theater and kills them off one-by-one in the manner of Shakespearan tragedies. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 104 minutes, rated R.

JUNE 2016


Samuel Beckett's sole film project, FILM (1965), starred Buster Keaton and was directed by Alan Schneider. Recently restored, FILM will be followed by NOTFILM, a feature-length experimental essay on FILM. The Ransom Center houses significant Beckett holdings including the original manuscript of Watt. FILM runtime 22 minutes. NOTFILM runtime 128 minutes.

"Vaudeville and Vitaphone" SUMMER FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 7 P.M.

In the early days of talkies, Warner Brothers hired some of the top variety stars of the day to create "living sound" recordings of their acts. This "Vaudeville and Vitaphone" series of rarely-seen short films breathes life into the extensive vaudeville collections at the Ransom Center.

JULY 2016


Salma Hayek stars as Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor. The Ransom Center's art collection includes Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, which is currently on view. Runtime 123 minutes, rated R.

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