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From the Outside In: A Visitor's Guide to the Windows


Windows North Northeast Southeast South

"From the Outside In: A Visitor's Guide to the Windows" provides an opportunity to discover more about the Ransom Center's renowned collections of literature, film, photography, art, and the performing arts.

The physical renovation of the Ransom Center, completed in April 2003, included the addition of two glass-enclosed atria on the first floor. The atria are surrounded by windows featuring etched reproductions of images from the collections and offer visitors a hint of the cultural treasures to be discovered inside. These architectural elements literally take the "inside out" by showcasing materials from the Center's collections and making the images viewable from both the interior and exterior of the building.

Etched windows. Click to enlarge.

© Thomas McConnell Photography 2004


Guide (PDF)

This online guide identifies each image from the perspective of a visitor viewing the windows from the exterior of the building.

Explore the windows

Read in-depth descriptions about these window images:

Samuel Beckett, Doodle from Notebook II of Watt, 1941
David Douglas Duncan, Picasso's Eyes, 1957
Norman Bel Geddes, Model of Motorcar No. 9, ca. 1932
Harold Edgerton, Milk Drop Coronet, 1936
Walker Evans, Allie Mae Burroughs, 1936
Arthur B. Frost, Illustration for Lewis Carroll's "Hiawatha's Photographing," 1883
Desmond Harmsworth, Joyce at Midnight, ca. 1930
Fritz Henle, Ruhr Miner, 1967
Eadweard Muybridge, Horse in Motion, ca. 1886
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936
Wyndham Lewis, Portrait of James Joyce, 1920
Carson McCullers, Typescript of The Member of the Wedding, ca. 1946
Arthur Miller, Typescript of Death of a Salesman, ca. 1948
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, View from the Window at Le Gras, ca. 1826
Emanuel Romano, Portrait of Carson McCullers, ca. 1949
Napoleon Sarony, Oscar Wilde, 1882
William Shakespeare, A Midsommer Nights Dreame, 1619
Elizabeth Taylor, Publicity photograph from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966
John Tenniel, Illustration from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Childhood drawings, ca. 1870–1871
Benjamin Brecknell Turner, Transept of the Crystal Palace, March 1852
West Side Story, Film still, 1961

The Center has made every effort to contact all copyright holders for permissions. Those we have been unable to reach are invited to contact us so that a full acknowledgment may be given.