The Making of Gone With The Wind September 9, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center's collections and includes on-set photographs, storyboards, correspondence and fan mail, production records, makeup stills, concept art, costume sketches, audition footage, and producer David O. Selznick's memos. The green curtain dress and other gowns worn by Vivien Leigh are displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.
Before a single frame of film was shot, Gone With The Wind was embroiled in controversy. Selznick struggled to balance his desire for authenticity with audience expectations of spectacle. Americans debated who should be cast as Rhett and Scarlett. There were serious concerns about how the 1939 film, based on the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, would depict race, sex, and violence in the South during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction.
This insider view reveals why Gone With The Wind remains influential and controversial 75 years after it was released.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland February 10, 2015 – July 6, 2015
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will take visitors down a rabbit hole that even Lewis Carroll could not have imagined when he first told the story of "Alice's Adventures Under Ground" to a young friend in 1862. Discover wonderland illustrations by artists Salvador Dalí and Yayoi Kusama. Listen to the chilling tale of the Jabberwock. See how translators and illustrators from around the world have reimagined Alice for stage, screen, and comic books.
Young visitors can follow the White Rabbit's path through the gallery to learn about the real-life inspiration for Alice, solve riddles at the Mad Hatter's tea party, and get a glimpse of the world through the looking glass.
The Ransom Center's extensive art, photography, rare book, performing arts, film, and manuscript collections will bring to life the history of this remarkable book, showing how Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has captured our imagination and how Lewis Carroll's creation has been transformed in the 150 years since its publication.
Frank Reaugh: Landscape Paintings of Texas and the American West August 4 – 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.