Treasures Grand Finale
From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center completed its run at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on April 28. It was the largest attended exhibition in the Ransom Center's history, allowing more than 150,000 visitors the chance to view the collection of some of the most iconic pieces from our collections. Throughout the spring, visitors were offered a bevy of activities corresponding to things Ransom in the form of films, lectures, and other presentations as part of the Treasures Public Program.
Four classic films were featured with the series Treasures from Hollywood: A Streetcar Named Desire, Sunset Boulevard, North by Northwest, and, of course, Gone With The Wind, with introductions by Ransom Center Film Curator Steve Wilson. America's preeminent spinner of yarns was the focus of a talk by Public Affairs Officer Sheree Scarborough, who spoke of Mark Twain holdings at the Center. Dr. Maria Wells talked pupi with "Marionette, che passione!" a lecture on the nineteenth century Sicilian marionettes donated to the Center by friend and benefactor Stanley Marcus. Frida Kahlo received some exposure from Austin psychiatrist Shiree Flume, who addressed the psychological aspects of one of the twentieth century's most unique artists. Lawrence Speck got back to the future with his talk on industrial and theatrical designer Norman Bel Geddes entitled "Transporting America into a Bright New Future." Saturdays in April, the Mike Wallace Interviews revisited Cold War sensibilities through a series of interviews conducted with such prominent figures of the 1950s as Frank Lloyd Wright, Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Roosevelt, and William O. Douglas. The Treasures Program ended with "Reconstructing Scarlett," a presentation by Carrie Harrell and Jan Hevenor, two former design students at the University of the Incarnate Word, who spoke about their participation in the 1986 project to restore four costumes from Gone With The Wind.
Our thanks to all who made this exhibition happen, especially outgoing Director Harry Middleton, incoming Director Betty Sue Flowers, and the staff of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
Treasures Book Wins Award
The exhibition keepsake book, From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center, won a Mitchell A. Wilder Award for excellence in publication and media design from the Texas Association of Museums this spring. Kudos go to the publisher Lithoprint, Inc., the designer Allen Griffith of Eye4Design, and all the Ransom Center staff who participated in the production, especially photographer Pete Smith and editor Sheree Scarborough.