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The Making of Gone With The Wind

The Making of Gone With The Wind September 9, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center's collections and includes on-set photographs, storyboards, correspondence and fan mail, production records, makeup stills, concept art, costume sketches, audition footage, and producer David O. Selznick's memos. The green curtain dress and other gowns worn by Vivien Leigh are displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.

Before a single frame of film was shot, Gone With The Wind was embroiled in controversy. Selznick struggled to balance his desire for authenticity with audience expectations of spectacle. Americans debated who should be cast as Rhett and Scarlett. There were serious concerns about how the 1939 film, based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, would depict race, sex, and violence in the South during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction.

This insider view reveals why Gone With The Wind remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released.

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Painting

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954)
Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940
Oil on canvas, 61.25 cm x 47 cm
Harry Ransom Center
© 2009 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust. Av Cinco de Mayo No. 2, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtemoc 06059, Mexico, DF

Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird September 5, 2014 – March 31, 2015

The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's "Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" is now on view in the Ransom Center lobby.

The painting was most recently on view at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, Italy. The work travels next to The New York Botanical Garden for the exhibition Frida Kahlo's Garden.

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Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible is the first substantial book printed from movable type on a printing press. The Ransom Center holds one of five complete copies in the United States.

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First Photograph

First Photograph

The First Photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce's estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France.

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