Harry Ransom Center docents are volunteer guides that lead free daily tours of the Center’s exhibitions. In the months leading up to exhibition openings, docents work closely with curators to gain a more complete understanding of exhibition items and content. The docent training process involves readings, discussion, and intense familiarization with the exhibition. [Read more…] about “Sis and Jock’s Hot as Hell West Texas Tour!”: Docent takes a 1,318 mile road trip in Frank Reaugh’s footsteps
One of our patrons’ favorite features about our current exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, is the “guide by cell” audio tour for visitors. This audio tour lets visitors call in and hear informational snippets about the paintings on display. Ransom Center Curator of Art Peter Mears discusses highlights from the exhibition, and Project Specialist Greg Curtis speaks as the voice of Frank Reaugh to narrate the artist’s own comments.
Meet the Staff is a Q&A series on Cultural Compass that highlights the work, experience, and lives of staff at the Harry Ransom Center.
Peter Mears served in the United States Army before receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. After traveling through Central America he arrived in Austin and gained experience at what is now called the Contemporary Austin Museum. Mears joined the Ransom Center in 1995 and serves as Curator of Art. [Read more…] about Meet the staff: Curator of Art Peter Mears
The closing of an exhibition is always bittersweet. The closing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is particularly so for me. During the run of the exhibition we saw the galleries come alive with [Read more…] about On the closing of Alice
Charles Dodgson began to tell the story of a little girl named Alice on an outing with Alice, Edith, and Lorina Liddell on July 4, 1862. He later recalled that “golden afternoon” in a poem that prefaces many editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. [Read more…] about July 4, 1862: A Golden Afternoon with Alice and her Sisters
The Harry Ransom Center supports an active program of loans from its collections, balancing the task of preparing and processing materials for loan with its own exhibition program. The loans, which share the Center’s collections with a wider audience, are considered on the basis of their merit and contribution to the humanities.
Last year, more than 135 items were loaned to 16 institutions, placing the Ransom Center’s holdings in context with other collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.
One of the Center’s most recent loans is a nearly complete set of the photographs Walker Evans made for [Read more…] about From Austin to Venice Biennale: 5,614 miles of trucks, planes, and a ferry