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To install the hundreds of objects for the next exhibition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Ransom Center Galleries are closed from January 5 through February 10, when the new exhibition opens. The Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph are on permanent display in the lobby.


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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