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Behind the real magic of Hollywood’s Golden Age

By Marissa Kessenich

Co-authored by Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, lecturer and professor in The University of Texas’s Department of Theatre & Dance, The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop (Regan Arts) offers an unprecedented look at the breathtaking hand-painted backdrops of old Hollywood films like Cleopatra (1917), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and The Sound of Music (1965). 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

Listen: Driving the Herd

By Isabel Dunn

One of visitors’ favorite features about our current exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, is the “guide by cell” audio tour. This audio tour lets visitors call in and hear informational snippets about the paintings. For the exhibition, Ransom Center Curator of Art Peter Mears discusses highlights from the exhibition, and Project Specialist Greg Curtis spoke as the voice of Frank Reaugh to narrate the artist’s own comments. Read more

Frank Reaugh: In retrospect

By Charley Binkow

From August 4 through November 29, the Harry Ransom Center hosts the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West. It showcases more than 100 artworks by renowned artist Frank Reaugh (pronounced “Ray”) drawn from the Ransom Center’s own collection as well as public and private collections from around the state. The companion book Windows on the West: The Art of Frank Reaugh, edited by Curator of Art Peter F. Mears, complements the exhibition, and published by the Ransom Center and UT Press. Excerpted below is the foreward to the book, “Frank Reaugh in Retrospect,” written by Ron Tyler. In it, Tyler reflects on Reaugh’s life and the context of Reaugh’s distinguished career. Read more