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Spring 2016

Frida (2002) SUMMER FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JULY 14, 7 P.M.

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.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo by Hayden Herrera and a set of Artists Notecards featuring Frida Kahlo.


"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.


FILM (1965) and NOTFILM (2015)SUMMER FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 7 P.M.

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.

Attendees may enter to win a Ransom Center moleskin notebook and The Complete Short Prose 1929–1989 by Samuel Beckett.


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

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

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 Shakespearean tragedies. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 104 minutes, rated R.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and a DVD version of The Tempest.


Titus (1999) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 19, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

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.

Attendees may enter to win Shakespearean Insult bandages, the Shakespeare Insult Generator, and a double feature DVD with The Haunted Palace and Tower of London.


The Dresser (1983) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 12, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

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.

Attendees may enter to win The Collected Plays of Ronald Harwood, a copy of James Shapiro's The Year of Lear, and Shakespeare socks.


Hamlet (1949) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 5, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

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.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet as well as a DVD version featuring Mel Gibson.


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.

Attendees may enter to win a camera-inspired coffee mug, Shakespeare socks, and a copy of Shakespeare Not Stirred–Cocktails for your Everyday Drama.

RENEW OR BECOME A MEMBER


Austin Film Society

The Tempest (2010) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Julie Taymor's lush and beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare's deeply philosophical final play features a gender transposition at its heart. Helen Mirren stars as Prospera, who rules an isolated island queendom that is disrupted when a party of shipwreck survivors makes its way ashore.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


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.

Read our interview with Carlson

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Andrea Mays's The Millionaire and the Bard and a Shakespeare First Folio t-shirt.


Austin Film Society

Hamlet (2000) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Michael Almereyda's modernization of Hamlet makes the title character a film student (Ethan Hawke) armed with a camera and has Claudius (Kyle MacLachlan) ascend to the mantle of CEO of the Denmark Corporation. Hamlet becomes a splintered and multifaceted narrative for its times.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


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.

Learn how the Winedale program highlights Shakespeare

Attendees may enter to win tickets to a Shakespeare at Winedale performance, a copy of James Loehlin's Henry V: Shakespeare in Performance, and a Shakespeare at Winedale t-shirt.


Austin Film Society

Macbeth (1971) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Roman Polanski's Macbeth is the Altamont of Shakespeare movies, a cinematic repository of deep, dark, bad vibrations, brilliantly brought to the screen by one of the most talented and troubled directors of them all.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


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.

Watch Cliff's talk

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Shakespeare in America, edited by James Shapiro and a copy of Andrea Mays's The Millionaire and the Bard.

Read our interview with Cliff


Austin Film Society

Romeo & Juliet (1968) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

This is the Shakespeare adaptation favored by the love generation. Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey are heartbreakingly beautiful together in Franco Zeffirelli's international smash hit adaptation of the tale of two star crossed lovers.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


CANCELLED

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

Tonight's staged reading has been cancelled. The gallery will remain open until 7 P.M. as scheduled.

The Austin Film Society screening of Romeo & Juliet will take place as scheduled at 7:30 P.M. at the Marchesa. For more details, including information on tickets, please see event listing below.


Austin Film Society

Henry V (1944) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Winston Churchill gave Laurence Olivier the assignment: make a film that will rouse Britain to a fighting pitch for the effort against Hitler. This was Olivier's response. Filmed in majestic Technicolor with some of the most ingenious staging and best battle scenes ever, a Shakespearean triumph as well as successful war propaganda.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


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.

Read our interview with Breuer

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography by Virginia Heckert and a camera-shaped coffee mug.


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.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare Now by Doug Bruster, a Shakespeare exhibition totebag, and a copy of From Gutenberg to Gone With the Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center.


Austin Film Society

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, March 24, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

The ultimate old Hollywood take on Shakespeare, lavishly produced and co-directed by Austrian stage impresario Max Reinhardt and starring many of Warner Brothers' best stars, including Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney, Dick Powell and Mickey Rooney.

Ticket information


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.

Learn more and listen to some of the music that that Bay will share

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Romeo & Juliet and West Side Story, the West Side Story soundtrack, and a Tchaikovsky CD including the Romeo & Juliet overture.


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.

Attendees may enter to win a Shakespeare in Love DVD, a Shakespeare exhibition totebag, and a hardback sketchbook.

UPGRADE OR BECOME A MEMBER


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.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography by Virginia Heckert.


Explore UT TOUR SATURDAY, MARCH 5, NOON–5 P.M.

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

Attendees may enter to win the Shakespeare Insult Generator, an Alice in Wonderland board book, and paper dolls featuring Great Characters from Shakespeare.


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.

WATCH some of the readers share their favorite sonnets


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

LBJ LIBRARY AUDITORIUM

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.

This event is a collaboration with the LBJ Presidential Library, and reservations are required. The Ransom Center has been allocated 200 seats for this program. Follow this link to reserve one of these seats while supplies last. Reservations are limited to one seat per guest. A reservation holds your seat until 5:50 p.m. on the day of the program; seats that remain unclaimed at that time will be released to the stand-by line.

A stand-by line will form in the upper lobby outside the LBJ Auditorium on the day of the program for patrons who were unable to reserve a seat. Just before the program begins at 6 p.m., any seats that remain empty will be offered to the stand-by line on a first-come, first-served basis.


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.


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.

Read our Q&A with Umbrico


"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.

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Prose on the Plaza: Infinite Jest READING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, NOON

To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, readers share their favorite passages from the novel. Wallace's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Light refreshments will be served.


Richard III STAGED READING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 7 P.M.

Austin-based theater company The Hidden Room presents a staged reading of Richard III based on John Wilkes Booth's promptbook from the Ransom Center's archives. The company, which specializes in producing unpublished or rarely-seen works, tackles Booth's adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, which is presented here for the first time since the 1860s.

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A Conversation with Ed Ruscha DISCUSSION WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 6 P.M.

BLANTON MUSEUM AUDITORIUM

To celebrate the opening of the Edward Ruscha papers and art collection at the Harry Ransom Center, Ed Ruscha discusses his life and work with writer and critic Dave Hickey. One of the most acclaimed artists working today, Ruscha has been deeply influenced by his love of books and language. Ruscha's work is in the collections of museums worldwide, and in 2013, he was honored by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People." A reception follows. Co-presented by the Blanton Museum of Art and supported in part by the Amon G. Carter Lectureship.

Members of the Ransom Center and Blanton receive priority entry to this program, though capacity is limited. Doors open at 5:20 p.m. for members and at 5:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entry; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 5:30 p.m. or after all member seats have been claimed will join the general queue. The line forms at 5 p.m.

Ed Ruscha. Photo by Sten M. Rosenlund. Courtesy of Ed Ruscha and Gagosian Gallery.



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