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Stories to Tell Exhibit: Gives Inside Look at Harry Ransom Center

23 Feb

The Harry Ransom Center, the world renown cultural museum, research library and archive located on the University of Texas is giving the world a rare glimpse of its vast eclectic collection with its Stories to Tell exhibit. And did we mention it’s FREE?

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The exhibit has something for everyone: art lover, literary major, history buff,  film fanatic, and paranormal fans. The diverse exhibit showcases work from authors, artists, actors, a film producer, a photographer as well as a brilliant mind and their creative process.

Browse a beautiful wall of art by Matisse, get inside look at James Joyce’s thought process in composing, literary class, Ulysses; and Einstein’s discovery of the  theory of gravitational waves at the unique exhibit.

The new exhibition even features a case of selected pieces from it’s Mad Men collection. Visitors get a peek at the extreme detail producers went to make the AMC TV classic authentic from scripts to detailed ad proposals. Film fanatics can also see a special exhibit within Stories to Tell  featuring Robert De Niro’s personal collection donated to the Center.

Not only do we get insight into the creative process, but we are able to learn about history with a the Woodward & Bernstein Watergate papers and artifacts like the Gutenberg Bible.

 
The exhibit opened earlier this month and will run through July 16, 2017. Check it out to see all the Harry Ransom Center has to offer!

Part 2 of a 2 part series.

 

 

Ransom Center Preserves Cinematic History

6 Feb

The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center, a world renown cultural museum, research library and archive has made considerable strides in the preservation of cinematic history. The Center hosts over 10,000 scripts and 15,000 other items from TV & film and its contributors.

Most recently, AMC’ Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner donated 150 boxes from the iconic cable drama to the center. It will take over a year for Ransom Center curators to go through the collection, but as part of the Stories to Tell exhibit that runs February 6 – July 16, 2017, the Center has selected a few pieces as a preview of the Mad Men collection.

img_5814The selected pieces like their clever ad campaigns from Mad Men tell a story of the in depth nature that show creators and writers went into devise an authentic depiction of that period. The ad proposal is just not a shell prop, but details full ad concepts for Mad Men’s clients like Hershey’s and Philip Morris. The display is a mere snapshot of the historical archive, which includes costume, props, and other pieces from the hit drama that ended in 2015.

The Center also has an extensive archive from Woody Allen, Sunset Boulevard actress, Gloria Swanson as well as Robert Deniro and others.

img_5821Robert Deniro has contributed his life’s work to the center and they receive a box from the actor about every 2 years. His personal collection is a way he can share with his creative process with others. This year actually marks the 40th Anniversary of the Martin Scorsese film, Taxi Driver, a Best Picture nominee. As part of that celebration, the Ransom Center is showcasing a collection from the film that stars Deniro.  

img_5820While the cinematic collection is just a facet of the spectrum of works preserved by the Center, many pieces have a common underlying theme. Whether it’s James Joyce’s notes on formulating the infamous novel, Ulysses or Deniro’s notes on character development for his Oscar nominated performance in Taxi Driver or even Einstein formulas developing the gravitational wave theory, the pieces give insight into the creative processes of these brilliant cultural icons.

This is part 1 of 2 part series.

 

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