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SEPTEMBER 2014

Members-only Preview Party MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 7 P.M.

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The members-only preview party for The Making of Gone With The Wind has reached capacity. Space was limited; memberships and tickets will not be on sale at the door. Please join us at one of the many member events scheduled this fall in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Ian McEwan READING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 7 P.M.

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JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Acclaimed writer Ian McEwan reads from his new novel, The Children Act. A reception and book signing with the Booker Prize–winning author of Atonement, On Chesil Beach, and Solar follow. McEwan's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Jointly presented with the Michener Center for Writers.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and 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. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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Deborah Willis LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 6:30 P.M.

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JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

New York University professor Deborah Willis weaves together a narrative of the early years of American photography with a reading of iconic moments in Gone With The Wind and examines the role black history played in producing such a controversial and celebrated cultural phenomenon. Co-sponsored by the University's John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

Ransom Center members receive priority entry at this program. Doors open at 5:50 p.m. for members and at 6 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6 p.m. will join the general queue.


Cultural Life During Wartime, 1861–1865 FLAIR SYMPOSIUM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18–SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

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Discover the cultural world of Union and Confederate painters, photographers, musicians, theater companies, and writers. Historians, literary critics, musicologists, and art historians will engage in lively conversation to offer a more nuanced understanding of the Civil War through the lens of its cultural productions. Pre-payment and registration required.   Learn more


Austin Museum Day TOUR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, NOON–5 P.M.

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Celebrate Austin Museum Day with a visit to The Making of Gone With The Wind. Docent-led tours begin at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.


Curator Tour of The Making of Gone With The Wind Tour THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 7 P.M.

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Join Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson for an inside look at the exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind. To ensure the best experience for attendees, the tour is limited to 60 people. Free tickets for the program can be picked up from the Center's visitor desk starting at 6 p.m.


OCTOBER 2014

Poetry on the Plaza: Dylan Thomas READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Dylan Thomas


Gone With The Wind: Still Relevant? DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 4 P.M.

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Seventy-five years after its premiere, is Gone With The Wind still relevant? University of Texas faculty from the departments of American Studies, English, History, and Radio, Television, and Film discuss Gone With The Wind, the controversy surrounding the film, and its value as a touchstone for the understanding of race, gender, sectionalism, and the Civil War in America.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) FILMS OF 1939 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 7 P.M.

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Mickey Rooney and Rex Ingram star as Huck and Jim in this adaptation of the Mark Twain classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ingram turned down the role of Big Sam in Gone With The Wind to play Jim. 91 minutes.


Member Monday MEMBER EVENT MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5–8 P.M.

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On the first Monday of each month, join us for a members-only program from 5–8 p.m. featuring extended gallery hours and engaging presentations about Gone With The Wind.

On Monday, October 6 at 6 p.m., Curator of Film Steve Wilson leads a private members-only tour of the exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind, sharing surprising stories about the film's production that were discovered as he organized the exhibition. Space on the tour is limited.

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Alejandro Cartagena LECTURE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7 P.M.

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For nearly ten years, Mexican photographer Alejandro Cartagena has explored the relationship between Mexico's urban centers and the suburbs built around them, examining the ways in which explosive growth has altered the landscape and affected the lives of residents. Cartagena discusses his work, including Suburbia Mexicana, Carpoolers, and Systematic Landscapes. Co-sponsored by the Blanton Museum of Art.


"Selznick's March: Hollywood Comes to White Atlanta" LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7 P.M.

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The world premiere of Gone With The Wind in Atlanta was the culmination of months of anxious and complicated negotiations between producer David O. Selznick, distributor MGM, their staffs, and the city of Atlanta. Matthew H. Bernstein, Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University, offers an in-depth look at the challenges of staging the 1939 premiere in a segregated southern city in "Selznick's March: Hollywood Comes to White Atlanta."


Brunch inspired by Gone With The Wind COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 11 A.M.

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Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Enjoy a Southern-style brunch inspired by Gone With The Wind. During the class, Central Market Chef Louis Ortiz demonstrates how to create each dish and provides recipes to take home.

The menu includes Aunt Pittypat's cream scones with lemon verbena-infused butter and madeira jelly, Charleston deviled crab cakes, Twelve Oaks barbecued pork ribs, field pea, ham hock, and mustard green soup with cornbread croutons and pickled radish, and Peachtree Street gingerbread cake. Representatives from the Ransom Center will be on hand to discuss the exhibition as you enjoy the cooking class.

After the class, join us for a docent-led public tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Registration for the class opens on September 1. Pre-payment and registration required by calling 512-206-1051. The cost of the class is $50. Ransom Center members receive a 10% discount (cannot be combined with the early registration discount). The class size is limited.

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Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage


Jayne Anne Phillips HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7 P.M.

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Jayne Anne Phillips reads from Quiet Dell, a novel based on the true story of a murderous West Virginia con man who preyed on widows. Phillips is the author of Lark and Termite, a National Book Award finalist, and her papers reside at the Ransom Center. A reception and book signing follow. Presented by the University Co-op.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and 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. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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NOVEMBER 2014

Member Monday MEMBER EVENT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 5–8 P.M.

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On the first Monday of each month, join us for a members-only program from 5–8 p.m. featuring extended gallery hours and engaging presentations about Gone With The Wind.

Film Curatorial Assistant Albert Palacios discusses fan mail in the David O. Selznick collection. Over the course of the production, Selznick's company received thousands of letters, as individuals sought auditions, solicited employment, and protested the production. Selected correspondence is featured in the galleries, as well as in the complementary web exhibition.

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Views & Brews: The Legacy of Gone With The Wind DISCUSSION TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 6 P.M. CACTUS CAFE, TEXAS UNION

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Join Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson, University of Texas faculty Daina Ramey Berry and Coleman Hutchison, and KUT Producer Rebecca McInroy for a "Views and Brews" discussion of Gone With The Wind and the film's legacy.


Idiot's Delight (1939) FILMS OF 1939 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7 P.M.

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In Idiot's Delight, their third film together, Clark Gable and Norma Shearer are stranded at an Alpine hotel with war imminent. MGM hoped to reunite Gable and Shearer as Rhett and Scarlett, but the negative public response to rumors of Shearer's casting ensured that it would not happen. 107 minutes.


New Member Open House MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 7 P.M.

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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, and light bites and wine. Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss will welcome new members with a champagne toast.

Members will hear about the wonders and challenges of digital archives, enjoy a closer look at the exhibition, The Making of Gone With The Wind, and visit the Director's Suite with Dr. Enniss for a conversation about the Ransom Center's future plans.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 5 to 512-232-3666 or rsvp@hrc.utexas.edu. Space is limited. This event is open to new and upgraded members.

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Behind-the-Scenes Building Tour MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 11 A.M.

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Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions, and James Stroud, Associate Director for Conservation and Building Management, lead 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.

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Molly Haskell LECTURE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 7 P.M.

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Molly Haskell, film critic and author of Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited, explores the popularity and influence of both the book and film, from their first appearance to the present. Haskell's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, and The Nation.


LaToya Ruby Frazier LECTURE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 7 P.M.

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Award-winning artist LaToya Ruby Frazier speaks about her ongoing documentation of the impact of deindustrialization on her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Best known for her black-and-white photographic series Notion of Family, Frazier's work explores identity, place, legacies of industrialization, complex familial relationships, and illness. Co-sponsored by the University's Visual Arts Center, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, CAAD: Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas, and the Humanities Institute.


DECEMBER 2014

Member Monday MEMBER EVENT MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 5–8 P.M.

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On the first Monday of each month, join us for a members-only program from 5–8 p.m. featuring extended gallery hours and engaging presentations about Gone With The Wind.

Professor Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, from the University's Department of Radio-Television-Film, discusses Gone With The Wind and its influence on American film and media history. Fuller-Seeley is the author of At the Picture Show: Small Town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture and One Thousand Nights at the Movies: An Illustrated History of Motion Pictures 1895–1915.

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Caring for the Gone With The Wind Costumes DISCUSSION TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 7 P.M.

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How do you care for some of the most iconic costumes in film history? Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson leads a discussion on the preservation of Gone With The Wind costumes, including the green curtain dress and burgundy ball gown, with independent textile conservator Cara Varnell, Ransom Center Assistant Curator of Costumes and Personal Effects Jill Morena, and independent scholar Nicole Villarreal. Enjoy a closer look at the Gone With The Wind costumes with extended gallery hours until 9 p.m.


Poetry on the Plaza: Fantasy READING DECEMBER 3, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Fantasy


The Wizard of Oz (1939) FILMS OF 1939 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 7 P.M.

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Judy Garland stars in The Wizard of Oz, an early Technicolor classic directed by Victor Fleming. Having completed color photography on The Wizard of Oz, Fleming took over as director of Gone With The Wind after George Cukor left the production. 102 minutes.


Gone With The Wind (1939) SCREENING MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 7 P.M.

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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 713 CONGRESS AVENUE

The Paramount Theatre commemorates the 75th anniversary of the December 15, 1939, premiere of Gone With The Wind. Tickets required and may be purchased online, by phone at 512-474-1221, or at the Paramount's box office.


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