After an extensive search, the Harry Ransom Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Erica Nunn-Kinias (second from left in photo) as the Center’s Associate Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs. Nunn-Kinias comes to the Center from Colorado, where she was Program Director for the Gallery and Museum Management Masters at Western Colorado University. She previously served as a Curator at Chiddingstone Castle in the United Kingdom and as Executive Director of the Telluride Historical Museum. Ransom Center Director, Stephen Enniss, noted it was the combination of her intellectual curiosity and her practical knowledge of museum practice that made her stand out. “My colleagues and I look forward to working with Erica to advance the Ransom Center’s reach and impact on campus and far beyond it.” [Read more…] about Welcome Erica Nunn-Kinias, New Associate Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs
Exhibitions + Events
Preserving items that were intended to be ephemeral, like posters, can pose a challenge. Movie posters and advertisements were sometimes adhered to a wall, torn, and left with adhesive remnants on their backing when removed. The inks and papers used in traditional posters can be glossy, and they are often printed using a silkscreen method. This creates a slick, sealed-off surface that can be difficult to treat and preserve for future study.
While the Charles Henri Ford Poem Posters in the Ransom Center’s collection are art posters, there were some unique conservation needs when it came to displaying them as part of the Art in Words exhibition. The posters in the Center’s collection are mounted on wooden dowels and had been stored rolled for many years. [Read more…] about Unrolling Works by Charles Henri Ford
Art in Words: Prints from the 20th Century to Today
In one print, the light from an unseen window falls across a series of affirmational statements. In another, interlocking, repeated letters in Cyrillic text encircle a tricycle wheel. Across the gallery, the top halves of the letters that spell “DUCHAMP” are positioned below a portrait of the Hip Hop artist Ice Cube. Elsewhere, text in eclectic typeface that resembles advertising slogans, as though extracted from magazine pages, is arranged like spokes in a visual splatter. In another, the word “voice” comes together across three colorful vertical panels, its letters—and, perhaps as a result, its sonic connotations—stacked and jumbled. And bold text, irregularly spaced and sized, is set against a blue mottled background and declares that letters are things in themselves and not merely signifiers.
These artworks and others that make prominent use of text are on display at the Ransom Center in Art in Words: Prints from the 20th Century to Today, an exhibition organized by Curator of Art Tracy Bonfitto with assistance from Research Associate Cristina Meisner. [Read more…] about Exploring the Visual Dimensions of Language