Summer programs for 2004 got off to a grand start in June with the first of two "20 x 20 LIVE" presentations. In these exciting programs, the works of poets represented in the exhibition 20 x 20: Twenty American Poets of the 20th Century were read live, then recordings of the poets themselves, reading their own works, were played for the audience.
For these events, readers Kurt Heinzelman, Meta DuEwa Jones, Marie Howe, Betty Sue Flowers, Paul Woodruff, and Louise Weinberg read from the works of Ginsburg, Sexton, Frost, Eliot, and Cummings, among others. The audience, listening quietly as the pieces were read, all agreed that the juxtaposition of the live readings and the recordings made for a magical effect that lyrically explored the creativity and experience of poetry.
On June 24, programming based on Go Out and Look: The Photography of Russell Lee began with the full-house screening of filmmaker Ann Munday's film Russell Lee: Photographer. Programs related to Lee continued in July with the three-day "101st Birthday Celebration," kicked off with a panel discussion featuring five of Lee's students and colleagues. A birthday cake reception followed.
On July 8, our exhibition entitled The Collaborative Spirit: Prints, Presses and Deluxe Artist's Books was the focus of a special program in which panelists representing Austin's premier printmaking studios and the university's seminal printmaking program spoke about the history of printmaking in Austin, one of the nation's most vital printmaking scenes. In August, an open house at Austin's three preeminent printmaking operations, Flatbed Studios, Slugfest Studios, and Coronado Studio, drew almost 300 people to see for themselves the vitality of this unique community.
In short, the Ransom Center's summer programming stressed the exciting connections that can be made between the Ransom Center's collections and the daily lives of the people of this campus, this community, and this state. More great programming is in store, so please check our calendar and website frequently.