The World at War, 1914–1918 February 11 – August 3, 2014
The exhibition, The World at War, 1914–1918, marks the centenary of the start of World War I. Once thought to be "the war to end war," such naïve optimism was quickly shattered by the experience of civilian and soldier thrust into the shared horror of industrial warfare. The war lasted four long years and killed ten million servicemen.
Wilfred Owen eulogized those killed in battle as "our undying dead." Siegfried Sassoon called them "the nameless names." And Gertrude Stein famously pronounced the casualties as well as the survivors of the war "The Lost Generation," whose world view had been changed forever.
The geo-political causes, the war's global expansion, and the outcomes of the war are well documented. The collective personal and national trauma inflicted on all who experienced the war, however, remains a potent touchstone that speaks to a contemporary world still embroiled in conflict.
Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive cultural collections, this exhibition illuminates the experience of the war from the point of view of its participants and observers, preserved for a twenty-first-century generation through letters, drafts, and diaries; memoirs and novels; photographs and works produced by battlefield artists; and propaganda posters and films.
Visitors will come away from the exhibition with a greater understanding of the First World War's reach into our own century.
The Making of Gone With The Wind September 9, 2014 – January 4, 2015
David O. Selznick's 1939 epic film, Gone With The Wind, was embroiled in controversy before a single frame was shot. Based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, the film's depictions of race, violence, and cultural identity in the South during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction continue to both compel and trouble audiences around the world.
The exhibition will reveal surprising new stories about the making of this quintessential film from Hollywood's Golden Age and illustrate why it remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released.
The exhibition will include over 300 original items from the Selznick archive housed at the Ransom Center including behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage, and fan mail. The exhibition will also feature gowns worn by Vivien Leigh as the beautiful and ambitious Scarlett O'Hara. The newly conserved costumes will be displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.