The spring and summer afforded opportunities for us to expand further on an already dynamic series of public programs. The From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center exhibition now boasts attendance of more than 75,000 visitors, with 100,000 projected by the end of 2001. In addition to the general public, the exhibition has prompted an increase in the number of tour inquiries. This is by far the most successful exhibition in the Center's history, and we are grateful to all who are included in these attendance numbers as well as those providing support in other ways.
Summer heated up with the Ransom Center's Bloomsday celebration at the Dog and Duck Pub on June 15. Featured were readings from Ulysses by Joyce devotees Rick Watson, Sidney Monas, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Margaret Barker, Mia Carter, Brian Doherty, and Larry Carver, followed by an open microphone, which, in tandem with the flowing pints, encouraged several more impromptu readings. Attendance of over sixty makes this the largest Ransom Center Bloomsday in recent history.
Photography took the spotlight in the new Leeds Gallery exhibition, Henry Peach Robinson: Victorian Photographer which opened on September 10, and will run through December 18. Exhibition curator David Coleman provided remarks at an opening reception on September 20.
Activities will reach a fever pitch in the coming months with the resurrection of Poetry on the Plaza, a special exhibition, a locally organized promotional event, and two lectures. Poetry on the Plaza returns in November with a different look, as it will take place in the courtyard of the Architecture'building, Goldsmith Hall.
Comedy gets a makeover in A Most Rare Vision: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a special exhibition in the Knopf Room of the Flawn Academic Center, beginning October 19 and running through November 2. The Ransom Center will once again be taking part in the Austin Museum Partnership's "Austin Museum Day" on October 14. In recognition of this event, the Leeds Gallery will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. with a gallery talk at 1 p.m., and the Treasures exhibition will feature gallery talks by the curators at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Pforzheimer Lecture, which takes place on October 25 in the LBJ Library and Museum Bass Lecture Hall, will be given by Librarian of the Scheide Library at Princeton University Paul Needham speaking on the printing controversy surrounding the Gutenberg Bible, with a reception to follow. His talk is titled "The Making and Selling of the Gutenberg Bible." The Ransom Center will head into the holiday season on the coattails of the inaugural David Douglas Duncan Public Lecture — given by David Douglas Duncan — taking place on November 13 at the LBJ Library and Museum Bass Lecture Hall, followed with a reception in the Great Hall.
— Travis Willmann, Public Affairs Assistant
For more information on upcoming events, call 512.471.8944, or visit our Web site at www.hrc.utexas.edu.