Erik Mortenson discusses his book Ambiguous Borderlands and the pervasiveness of shadow imagery in Cold War materials.
Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016) investigates the role shadows play in Cold War literary and popular texts. Informed by research at the Ransom Center, it examines Beat literature, postwar photography, film noir, Twilight Zone episodes, and more to explain why shadow imagery had such a hold on American imaginations in the mid-twentieth century. [Read more…] about Cold War culture
The Ransom Center’s Arnold Newman papers and photography collection, acquired in 2006, includes more than 25,000 prints, original sitting books, early sketchbooks, photographic albums, and video recordings of interviews and lectures. Newman, who lived from 1918 to 2006, was a prolific artist known for his “environmental portraiture,” a style which captures a subject in his or her typical setting. Conservator Diana Diaz treated sets of color slides wrapped in different types of tape. [Read more…] about Preserving Arnold Newman’s photography slides
The Ransom Center’s Stories to Tell exhibition features a rotating selection from the Ransom Center’s holdings.
The plumed serpent in Mexico Modern
Mid-twentieth-century travel materials aimed to depict Mexico as an exotic destination
The Ransom Center’s current exhibition Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920-1945 showcases Mexican art immediately following the Mexican Revolution in 1920 to the 1940s when it entered the American mainstream. [Read more…] about Take home a little bit of Mexico with vintage travel postcards