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Fall 2004 Newsletter

In the Galleries

Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh, two of the greatest English novelists of the twentieth century, were born within a year of each other-Waugh in 1903 and Greene in 1904. Both were Catholic converts and shared many interests, but there were also marked differences in their sensibilities. A centenary exhibition at the Ransom Center, titled Writing Among the Ruins: Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh, compares and contrasts their lives and literary achievements. The exhibition will include a partial re-creation of Evelyn Waugh's library and will run from October 5, 2004 through March 20, 2005.

The exhibition, Miguel Covarrubias: A Certain Clairvoyance, highlights the career of this Mexican artist who is recognized internationally as a key participant in the cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States after World War I. Covarrubias's caricatures, paintings, and book illustrations drawn from the Center's Nicolas Muray Collection of Mexican Art will be featured in the exhibition, which will be accompanied by a published catalogue. The Covarrubias exhibition runs from October 19, 2004 through April 24, 2005.

Beginning in November, visitors will be able to take individual audio tours of these two exhibitions as part of a pilot project to introduce more interactive components into the Center's exhibition program. The audio tours will be available on a limited basis Tuesday through Friday afternoons.

Docent-led tours are also always available for individuals and groups of less than 100 with advance notice. School groups of all ages are welcome at any time. Our docent corps is capable of giving tours in several languages as well. Frequently, docents are available in the gallery to answer questions or provide mini-tours, but reservations are required for tours. For information on tours of the exhibitions, please call (512)232-3670, and try to provide at least two weeks' notice.

The home appearance of the Ransom Center's traveling exhibition, Walker Evans and James Agee: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, runs for six weeks, from November 2 through December 12, 2004 only. Of special interest is the fact that the exhibition features the original prints that Evans made of rural Alabama in 1936 for two editions of one of the most important studies of American cultural history, the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

Two concurrent winter photography exhibitions that will run from January 11 through March 27, 2005, examine photography's role in helping create celebrities. Shooting Stars: The Golden Age of Hollywood Portraiture, 1925-1950, focuses on the collaborative nature of the Hollywood studio system, which used "glamour photography" to create larger-than-life popular images of actors and actresses. Such photographers as Clarence Sinclair Bull, George Hurrell, Eugene Robert Richee, and Ruth Harriet Louise excelled in this field, rewriting the discipline of portraiture in the process.

The exhibition, Fashioning Celebrity: Photographs of George Platt Lynes, features a selection of photographs donated by Dora Harrison, Lynes's assistant from 1936-1944. Harrison served as a studio manager and photographer's assistant during these critical years when Lynes helped establish a new dynamic in fashion and portraiture for the New York City elite and for such influential American magazines as Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and Town & Country.  

-Cathy Henderson

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