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Austin Chronicle

"Photography's Turning Point: The Journal 'Camera Work'"
September 10, 2004

Barry Pineo, reviewing the an exhibition of photographs taken from the archives of the influential journal Camera Work, briefs the reader on the plan Alfred Stieglitz had when, in 1903, he launched the journal. The Pictorialists, whose philosophy Stieglitz advocated, "believed photography had more to offer than simply recording the 'facts' of everyday life. Pictorialists were interested in photography as art, in its ability to express mood, atmosphere, and emotion." But the journal survived long enough to record an important shift in photographic thinking: "from the 'photography as art' of the Pictorialists to photography as an art form in and of itself, capturing the events of life and turning them into art."

Austin American-Statesman

"Seeing the Soul of America"
June 6, 2004

Pat Beach writes about "Go Out and Look: the Photography of Russell Lee," a "sweeping" exhibition pulled together from the 800 or so prints Lee left the Ransom center. Beach says the images "have a strong sense of geometric composition, of order imposed by man-made shapes and angles" and that some are "are startlingly intimate shots, suffused with empathy but no patronizing pity." He offers a snapshot biography — Lee learned his technique from Walker Evans and was the U.S. Farm Security Administrations "most prolific and longest-lasting photographer" — and quotes old friends. One says Lee was good at convincing his subjects, many of whom had never before seen cameras, to let him take shots: "He had a broad smile and a friendly manner and it wouldn't have been hard for him to win people over."

Associated Press

"Ransom Center Acquires Stella Adler Archive"
April 26, 2004

The article announces the acquisition and mentions some of Adler's most famous students: Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel, Melanie Griffith, and Warren Beatty. It says the collection includes "correspondence, manuscripts, video and audio tapes, photographs and other materials." Director Thomas F. Staley weighs in: "The Adler archive is a deep and rich source for the study of 20th-century American theater. This archive is a significant acquisition."

"Austin Now"

Produced by Austin PBS Affiliate KLRU

The station has produced a multi-part series about the Ransom Center. Episodes focus on such areas as the film collection, the art collection, rare books and performing arts. The opening segment is more general, exploring what the center is and what its 2003 renovations mean to the Austin community.

The New York Times

"A Fledgling Williams Play Flies to the Stage"
April 7, 2004

The article previews the New York premiere of the Tennessee Williams play "Spring Storm." Williams wrote it while a student at the University of Iowa, but his classmates received it poorly and he could not find a producer. He filed it away and it went unnoticed. "For years 'Spring Storm' was in the Williams archive at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1996 it was unearthed and given a staged reading at the Ensemble Studio Theater in Manhattan." From there, the play was published individually, reprinted in a volume of Williams plays, and staged in regional theaters in Austin and Mill Valley, California.

San Antonio Express-News

"Into the New"
January 25, 2004

The review negotiates definitions of modernism and sizes up "Make It New: The Rise of Modernism," the "first major exhibit in the Ransom Center's newly remodeled galleries." It mentions such seemingly different items as Ulysses page proofs, The Theory of Relativity and quotes Kurt Heinzelman, executive curator for academic programs, on the underlying logic: "We wanted to show the whole spectrum of modernism as it cut across various media, including literature, opera, film, architecture and so on. Modernism wasn't singular or unilateral in scope." The ultimate verdict: the exhibition does not attempt a new definition of modernism but instead offers "a re-discovery."

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