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Member Exclusive: Curator Tour TOUR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 6–8 P.M.


Alliance-level members and above enjoy a private tour of the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance. Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, leads the tour.


Member Exclusive: Director's Reception and Open House TOUR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 6:30–8:30 P.M.


Enjoy an evening of special access to the Ransom Center. Invitation only; RSVP required.



Bloomsbury Publishing: A Literary Vision with Founder Nigel Newton LECTURE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 4:30 P.M.


Learn how one of the world's leading independent publishing companies brought the works of Michael Ondaatje, J.K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood, and other major authors to a global audience. San Francisco-born Bloomsbury Founder and Chief Executive Nigel Newton will speak about highlights in the company's 32-year history, including making 800,000 pages of the documents of Winston Churchill available to students and researchers online. Founded in 1986, and now with offices in the U.S. and India as well as London and Oxford, the company promotes literature and reading worldwide, making a social impact through books, e-books and online resources as they search relentlessly for the great authors of the future. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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Selections from Warlight with Michael Ondaatje READING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6 P.M.


Don't miss this chance to hear award-winning author Michael Ondaatje read selections from his latest novel, Warlight, which tells the dramatic story of two teenagers whose lives are changed when they are left in the care of a mysterious figure named "The Moth." Ondaatje, who received the Golden Man Booker prize this year for his 1999 novel The English Patient, placed his archive at the Ransom Center in 2017. Containing more than 90 boxes, the archive documents his working methods and offers insight into his writing process from the 1960s to the present. Co-sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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Photo: ©Rolex-Bart Michiels

Poetry on the Plaza: World War I Poetry READING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, Noon


Actor Shane O'Regan reads World War I poetry to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war's conclusion. O'Regan stars in Private Peaceful, the one-man play by Michael Morpurgo at Texas Performing Arts.

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The Films of Ed Ruscha SCREENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 7 P.M.


Enjoy this rare opportunity to see a trio of Ed Ruscha's films, with an introduction by Ransom Center Curator of Art Tracy Bonfitto. Salad meets seduction in Premium (1971, 24 minutes), starring artist Larry Bell and model Léon Bing; an auto mechanic spends a very strange day working on a Ford Mustang in Miracle (1975, 28 minutes), with artist Jim Ganzer and actress Michelle Phillips; and musician Mason Williams reads artist's books by Ed Ruscha in the deadpan film The Books of Ed Ruscha (1969; 2012, 38 minutes). Premium and Miracle courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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Photo: Jim Ganzer in Miracle, 1975. 28 minute, 16 mm, color film. ©Ed Ruscha. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.

Round Midnight (1986) SCREENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 6 P.M.


Maxine Gordon introduces the film Round Midnight (1986), starring her late husband, jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance. Gordon plays Dale Turner, a tenor saxophone player who leaves the U.S. for Paris in the 1950s. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Runtime 131 minutes. Rated R. A book signing of Maxine Gordon's Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon will immediately follow the film. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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Every Act of Life with Terrence McNally SCREENING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2 P.M.


Join us for a special screening of the film Every Act of Life followed by a conversation with playwright Terrence McNally (Ragtime and Love! Valor! Compassion!), held in partnership with ZACH Theatre for A Weekend With Legendary Playwright Terrence McNally.

Spotlighting the life and career of the four-time Tony award-winning playwright and LGBT activist, this documentary premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Visit the Ransom Center after for a free reception and to see selections from McNally's archive on view in the Stories to Tell exhibition.

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Please note: A ticket confirmation does not guarantee a seat. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Attendees must present printed or electronic confirmation for entrance. Seats not claimed by 1:50 pm may be released.

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Austin Museum Day TOUR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, NOON–5 P.M.


Enjoy the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance and view the Gutenberg Bible, Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, and the Niépce Heliograph. Free docent-led tours of the exhibition begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Curator Tour: Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance TOUR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 7 P.M.


Explore the creative process of one of the most influential artists of our time in this Curator Tour of the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance, with Jessica S. McDonald, the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography. Learn how unpublished production notes, cover layouts, and studio notebooks from the Center's Edward Ruscha Papers and Art Collection provide insight into the conception and design of Ruscha's renowned artist's books, and how motifs introduced in those books inspired later prints, drawings, and portfolios.

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