Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940) is on view for a limited time at the Harry Ransom Center. The portrait, one of the Center's most famous and frequently borrowed art works, is on exhibit from February 14 through July 28, 2013.
Since 1990 the Kahlo painting has been on almost continuous loan, featured in exhibitions in more than 25 museums around the world. Most recently, the painting was on view in exhibitions in Los Angeles, California; Quebec City, Canada ; and Mexico City, Mexico. The painting travels next to The ARKEN Museum of Art in Ishøj, Denmark, for the exhibition "Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera," from September 7, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista
Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957) was one of the foremost Mexican artists of the twentieth century. A quintessential humanist, he made important contributions in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, theater, and dance.
The breadth of his intellectual interests inspired him to explore cultures as varied as the brilliant hues of his art. He became an expert in indigenous Mexican art and culture and an important figure in the preservation of ancient sites and artifacts. After capturing the creative energy of the Harlem Renaissance, he documented a vanishing way of life on the Indonesian island of Bali. In the pages of Vanity Fair and other popular American magazines of the Jazz Age, Covarrubias took the measure of the era's statesmen, celebrities, and rogues.
Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista focuses on the sophisticated caricatures that made Covarrubias famous. His caricatures provide a unique window into the cultural and political milieu of the 1920s and 1930s.
Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista is an exhibition created in cooperation with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Image Wrought: Historical Photographic Approaches in the Digital Age
The Harry Ransom Center's exhibition The Image Wrought: Historical Photographic Approaches in the Digital Age has completed its 2007-2010 tour.
Newcomb Art Gallery
Woldenberg Art Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 28, 2007 - February 24, 2008
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
January 23 - March 22, 2009
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 7, 2009 - January 17, 2010
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Ithaca, New York
January 30 - March 28, 2010
The Image Wrought examines the seeming paradox of contemporary photographers embracing archaic photographic practices in today's digital age. In a departure from other exhibitions of alternative process photography, The Image Wrought provides a singular opportunity to present contemporary images alongside vintage examples of their 19th-century predecessors. These groupings allow viewers to examine how contemporary photographers interpret history. Past and present come together to provide a unique perspective on this important moment in the history of photography.
The Image Wrought explores not only 19th-century processes, but also camera technology and photographs on alternative supports and with surface treatments. A documentary section provides an overview of the alternative process movement from the 1970s to the present. All images in the exhibition are from the Ransom Center's collections. The exhibition was on display in the Ransom Center Galleries from January 31 to July 23, 2006. Additional information about the exhibition can be found online.