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Spring 2004 Newsletter

Public Programs


Drawing by Ogden Nash, Ransom Center


Jax Williams, 2002.


John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft as Benedict
and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at
Stratford-upon-Avon, c. 1950
Photo by Angus McBean.

Public programs received a well-deserved vacation this summer, but the Ransom Center will be abuzz with activity again this fall. Beginning September 12, the Center shows its lighter side with the opening of Ogden Nash: A Good Bad Poet, recognizing America's reigning champion of light verse. This exhibition celebrates the centenary of Nash's birth and features unpublished poetry, correspondence, photography, original artwork, and much more from the Center's Ogden Nash collection. The exhibition opening takes place in the Leeds Gallery in the Flawn Academic Center on September 12, with a talk provided by Nash biographer Douglas Parker, and tours by exhibition curator George Crandell. Crandell, who is Professor and Head of the English Department at Auburn University, was assisted in curating the exhibition by Center librarian Tara Wenger. The exhibition runs through December 20.

The Bard returns for a visit bearing much ado about something. Alan Friedman, Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, has curated an exhibition of highlight materials from the Center's collections related to the Shakespearean comedy titled A Kind of Merry War: Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The exhibition will be on view in the Knopf Room on the fourth floor of the Flawn Academic Center from September 20 through October 20.

Each year, the Austin Museum Partnership sponsors Austin Museum Day, a one-day celebration to "Exercise Your Five Senses" at more than twenty Austin-area museums, which will be free to the public on this day. The Ransom Center is pleased to be able to participate once again this year. The Leeds Gallery will be open on Sunday, September 22, from noon to 5:00 p.m. for the public to view Ogden Nash: A Good Bad Poet, A Kind of Merry War: Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and the Erle Stanley Gardner Room.

Actors From the London Stage, a traveling group of professionally trained actors, make a fourth curtain call to The University of Texas at Austin, and the Ransom Center, in collaboration with the Department of English, once more welcomes the troupe to ply their talents. Stage actress Jax Williams will be performing an original piece entitled "Women, Woven in My Tapestry of Wonder" in the Knopf Room in the Leeds Gallery, Flawn Academic Center, at noon on October 2.

Anticipation is building for the spring -- don't let the serene façade mislead you. With plans underway for a gala celebration, we are gearing up for the grand re-opening of the new and improved Ransom Center. More to come...

Unless otherwise mentioned, all exhibitions and events hosted by the Ransom Center are free and open to the public. For more information on events and schedule amendments, call 512.471.8944.  

Travis Willmann

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