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
Tracy Bonfitto has joined the Ransom Center as the new curator of art. She has worked at the Getty Research Institute, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was previously a lecturer in the Art History Department at UCLA. [Read more…] about Meet the Staff: An interview with new Curator of Art Tracy Bonfitto
Dr. Charles Ramírez Berg is Joe M. Dealey, Sr. Professor in Media Studies in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. His most recent book The Classical Mexican Cinema: The Poetics of the Exceptional Golden Age Films was named the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 University Co-Op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards and an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association. It traces the history and evolution of Mexican cinematic aesthetic from the mid-1930s to the late 1950s and traces key influences in the development of the unique “Cine de Oro” aesthetic. [Read more…] about Classical cinema’s Mexican revolution