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Meet the Staff: Jane Boyd and the art of the paper lab

By Isabel Dunn

Meet the Staff is a blog post series on Cultural Compass that highlights the work, experience, and lives of staff at the Harry Ransom Center. This installment of Meet the Staff is released in conjunction with our series for the American Library Association’s Annual Preservation Week, which highlights work in the Ransom Center’s preservation and conservation division. Read more

Marco Breuer on the photograph as object

By Isabel Dunn

A photograph is commonly understood to act as a window, crystallizing a subject or moment in time. Artist Marco Breuer, however, subverts this traditional understanding of the medium, exploring the inherent limitations of photographic materials rather than using them to record the world outside. His work employs radical techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, and investigates the potential of the photograph as an object unto itself, beyond its ability to represent notions of external reality. Read more

Meet docent Carol Headrick—lifelong teacher, Texas native, and manuscript enthusiast

By Isabel Dunn

Harry Ransom Center docents are volunteer guides who lead daily tours of the Center’s exhibitions. In the months leading up to exhibition openings, docents work closely with exhibition 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

Listen: Frank Reaugh’s favorite monochrome pastel painting

By Isabel Dunn

One of the most popular visitor features of 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. Read more

“Sis and Jock’s Hot as Hell West Texas Tour!”: Docent takes a 1,318 mile road trip in Frank Reaugh’s footsteps

By Isabel Dunn

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