Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Its extensive holdings provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Thousands of scholars, students, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world study materials from the collections each year. These collections also inspire original exhibitions and programs that offer visitors opportunity for enrichment, discovery, and delight. The Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities and fosters an environment where culture thrives.

TOURS
Noon Daily
6 p.m. Thursday
2 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday

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location

21st and Guadalupe streets (map)

hours

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday; Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

admissions

Admission is free. Your donation supports the Ransom Center's exhibitions and public programs.

phone

(512) 471-8944

website

www.hrc.utexas.edu

upcoming events

February 21, 2019 | 7:00pm

Nursery Crimes: Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense

Critics never quite knew what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose darkly droll tales have influenced TimBurton, Lemony Snicket, Alison Bechdel, and Guillermo del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery, author of Little, Brown and Company's "Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey," explores the obscure influences haunting Gorey’s work. Learn about some of Dery's research on Gorey: https://ransom.center/mark-dery Discover the seminal role he played, along with authors like Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss, in the popularization of a deeper, darker children’s literature capable of addressing what Gorey called “the miseries of childhood.” Free and open to the public. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater seats 125. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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February 28, 2019 | 04:30pm

Collated and Perfect

Join us for an engaging panel discussing the changing standards that collectors—and institutions—have used to describe and evaluate early printed books, revealing why these books take the often surprising forms they do today. Learn more: https://ransom.center/candp Panelists include Megan Heffernan, assistant professor of English at DePaul University, Kathryn James, curator of Early Modern and Osborn Collections at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Aaron T. Pratt, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center. Following the discussion, attendees are invited to view the Collated and Perfect display in the "Stories to Tell" exhibition and enjoy a reception. Attendees will also receive a copy of the publication "Collated & Perfect," written by Kathryn James and Aaron Pratt. Free. Doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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March 6, 2019 | 07:00 PM

Curator Tour of The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts

Discover the origins of the Arts and Crafts design movement with curator Chris Long, Professor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. Visitors will be guided through "The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America," describing how the Arts and Crafts aesthetic evolved and how cross-cultural connections developed across the Atlantic. Free and open to the public.

March 12, 2019 | 10:00 PM

Arctic Passage Artist Installation and Conversation

Award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Louie Palu will install a series of large format photographs frozen in large ice blocks. The blocks will melt over the course of the day, gradually revealing photographs Palu made in the high Arctic while on assignment for National Geographic. The project explores the evolving situation related to the geopolitics of the Polar region, the history of the Arctic, and climate change. Join us for a conversation with the artist at 4 p.m. about his experience photographing in the Arctic. Presented in partnership with SXSW.

March 12, 2019 | 10:00am

Arctic Passage Artist Installation and Conversation

Award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Louie Palu will install a series of large format photographs frozen in large ice blocks. The blocks will melt over the course of the day, gradually revealing photographs Palu made in the high Arctic while on assignment for National Geographic. The project explores the evolving situation related to the geopolitics of the Polar region, the history of the Arctic, and climate change. Join us for a conversation with the artist at 4 p.m. about his experience photographing in the Arctic. Presented in partnership with SXSW.

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March 21, 2019 | 7:00pm

Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation

Commemorate World Poetry Day with a reading and conversation between two award-winning poets whose lives and writings have been impacted by war. Dunya Mikhail was forced to flee Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War. She is the author of "The Iraqi Nights" (2014), "The War Works Hard" (2005), and "The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq" (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Literature in Translation. Brian Turner served in the US Army with deployments in Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the author of two poetry collections, "Here, Bullet" (2005) and "Phantom Noise" (2010), and his memoir, "My Life and a Foreign Country," was published in 2014.

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April 4, 2019 | 6:30PM

Joyce Maynard

In the Flair symposium's keynote, New York Times bestselling writer Joyce Maynard will reflect on her correspondence, at age 18, with J.D. Salinger, its consequences, what happened to those letters 25 years later, and what we can learn from the story in the age of the Me Too movement. The keynote address is open to the public; registrants of the Flair Symposium, Ethical Challenges in Cultural Stewardship will have reserved seating.

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