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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland February 10, 2015 – July 6, 2015


The Ransom Center celebrates 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with an exhibition for the curious and curiouser of all ages. Learn about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story. See one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Discover the rich array of personal and literary references that Carroll incorporated throughout Alice. Explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have traveled through time and across continents. Follow the White Rabbit's path through the exhibition, have a tea party, or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been carefully treated by Ransom Center conservators. The Center's vast collections offer a new look at a story that has delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney.

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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 – April 26, 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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Boy walking in forest

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Untitled, 1960.
Gelatin silver print, 7.5 x 8 in.
Guy Davenport Collection, Harry Ransom Center.
© The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard March 7, 2015 – June 21, 2015

Note: This exhibition will be on view at the Blanton Museum of Art

In the late 1950s, Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925–1972) began staging elaborate visual dramas enacted by his wife, children, and close friends, often employing multiple exposure, blur, and abstraction. The abandoned farmhouses and densely wooded forests of rural Kentucky served as sets for Meatyard's symbolic scenes, turning otherwise ordinary family snapshots into unsettling vignettes of life in a deteriorating South.

Groundbreaking in their time and challenging even today, Meatyard's photographic fictions were embraced by his circle of writers and artists, and many of his photographs ultimately entered the Harry Ransom Center collection with the papers of his peers. Forty photographs from the Ransom Center collection, principally drawn from writers' archives, comprise this collaborative exhibition presented at the Blanton Museum of Art.

Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard highlights the intersections between artists and writers that can be traced across the collections at the Ransom Center. Organized by Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, this exhibition celebrates the collective strength of cultural institutions across The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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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