We invite you to visit the Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, and its current exhibition Shakespeare in Print and Performance.
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We offer free docent-led private tours for groups of 10 or more.
Shakespeare in Print and Performance
December 21, 2015–May 29, 2016
Explore the legacy of William Shakespeare at the Ransom Center. The Elizabethan world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries is presented through early printed books documenting his contemporary reputation, his textual sources, and his plays, all drawn from the Ransom Center's holdings. Costume and set designs and promptbooks showcase the variety of ways artists have translated his plays into performance.
Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
November 25, 2015–December 31, 2017
The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous and frequently borrowed art works, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Since 1990 the painting has been featured in exhibitions in more than 25 museums in the United States and around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Spain, Mexico and Italy.
ON PERMANENT DISPLAY
The Gutenberg Bible
One of only five complete copies in the United States, the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1455) was the first book printed with movable type.
The First Photograph
The First Photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce's estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France.
The Ransom Center is located at the northeast corner of 21st and Guadalupe Streets on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The campus area map shows the Center's location on campus.
Paid parking is available in the Dobie Center parking garage on the corner of 21st and Whitis and in various nearby surface lots. Information about University-operated parking garages and shuttle service routes is available online. Limited street parking is available in the neighborhood west of Guadalupe Street. Capital Metro offers several bus routes that stop near the Ransom Center, including 1M and 1L.
21st and Guadalupe Streets, The University of Texas at Austin campus
Galleries open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended Thursday evening hours until 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is free; donations welcome.
ABOUT THE RANSOM CENTER
The Ransom Center's extensive holdings—more than 42 million manuscripts, 5 million photographs, 1 million rare books, and 100,000 works of art and design—provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists. The Ransom Center presents engaging exhibitions and programs drawn from its collections of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.
Highlights include the Gutenberg Bible, the First Photograph (ca. 1826), the Watergate papers, the film archives of Robert De Niro and David O. Selznick, paintings by Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso, and manuscript collections of such legendary writers as James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, David Foster Wallace, and Norman Mailer.
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