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Pop-up book illustration

Illustration from a 1920 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, featuring a "come to life" pop-up panorama.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland February 10, 2015 – July 6, 2015

The Ransom Center celebrates 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with an exhibition for the curious and curiouser of all ages. Learn about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story. See one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Discover the rich array of personal and literary references that Carroll incorporated throughout Alice. Explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have traveled through time and across continents. Follow the White Rabbit's path through the exhibition, have a tea party, or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been carefully treated by Ransom Center conservators. The Center's vast collections offer a new look at a story that has delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney.

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Pastel rendering of cattle

Frank Reaugh, Driving the Herd (24 Hours #1), 1933, drawing : pastel on masonite, 61.0 x 121.5 x 0.5 cm.

Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West August 4, 2015 – November 29, 2015

Artist, educator, inventor, and naturalist, Charles Franklin Reaugh (1860–1945), pronounced "ray," is one of the Southwest's earliest and most distinguished artists. Working in the vein of American Impressionism, Reaugh devoted his career to visually documenting the vast, unsettled regions of the Southwest before the turn of the twentieth century.

Drawing on more than 200 artworks in the Ransom Center's Frank Reaugh collection, as well as other archives, museums, and private collections across the state, the exhibition examines Reaugh's mastery of the pastel medium and his sophisticated yet direct approach to the challenges of landscape painting, particularly en plein air (painting outdoors). While Reaugh's contributions have often been linked to the region, his work holds broad historical precedents.

Highlights include side-by-side comparisons of his small field sketches with larger studio works illustrating the same geographic location and "Twenty-four Hours with the Herd," Reaugh's epic series of mural-size pastels that served as the centerpiece of his performance work of the same title.

The exhibition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for visitors to experience a historical survey of the most significant works created by an artist often referred to as "the Dean of (early) Texas Artists."

A companion publication, Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh, edited by exhibition curator Peter Mears, will be published by University of Texas Press.