The decision to include collection material depicting blackface minstrelsy in our exhibition on vaudeville is a decision we do not take lightly. Minstrelsy is part of the history of American performance and vaudeville. We have a responsibility not to hide this troubling history, but also to display it in such a way that it is clear that we are not celebrating it. [Read more…] about Grappling with the past: On exhibiting minstrelsy materials
Exhibitions + Events
Above: Unidentified photographer, [Adele and Fred Astaire], ca. 1914. Gelatin silver print, 21.8 x 19.8 cm. Dance Collection, Harry Ransom Center.
The Harry Ransom Center draws on its extensive performing arts holdings to tell the story of one of American theatre’s most popular forms of entertainment in the exhibition Vaudeville! [Read more…] about Exhibition shares the story of vaudeville
The Ransom Center’s Stories to Tell exhibition features a rotating selection from the Ransom Center’s holdings.
In early July 2017, a little over a month after I started as the new early books and manuscripts curator at the Ransom Center, a colleague informed me that [Read more…] about In the Galleries: Interactive design in early printed books
The plumed serpent in Mexico Modern
By Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins
“In the eighteen years since the wild men of Mexican art first bombshelled the gente culta of the capital with their ideas, behavior, and pictures, their work has become established as the first original and powerful modern art in America. [Read more…] about Orchestrating the Mexican Moment in New York