Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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The Harry Ransom Center has shared with the community more than 50 exhibitions since its galleries opened in 2003. To ensure that we are providing the best possible experience for exhibition visitors, we are repainting the galleries and upgrading the gallery lighting system.

The galleries will be closed May 30 through August 14, 2016.

With support from a University Green Fee project-funded Lighting Initiative Program, the Ransom Center will convert gallery lighting to LEDs. This will result in significant energy savings, enhanced lighting, and a more pleasing viewing experience.

During this time, changing displays from the Ransom Center collections will be on view in the Ransom Center lobby, ranging from British playwright Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to items related to the Ransom Center's summer film series. Visitors will still be able to view the Gutenberg Bible, the First Photograph, and Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird and to conduct research in our Reading and Viewing Room.

Gallery tours will be suspended until the next exhibition, Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World, opens on August 15, 2016. Private tours of the permanent exhibitions may still be requested online.


People on a beach

Elliott Erwitt, Chicago, Illinois, 1947.
Gelatin silver print, 18 x 17 1/4 inches.
© Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos

Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World August 15, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Balancing journalistic, commercial, and artistic work over a career spanning seven decades, Elliott Erwitt has created some of the most celebrated photographs of the past century. Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World will present more than 200 of these remarkable images, including rarely exhibited examples of his early work in California, his intimate family portraits in New York, his major magazine assignments, and his work as a filmmaker, as well as his ongoing personal investigations of public spaces and their transitory inhabitants around the world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by Jessica S. McDonald and published by Aperture.