The Harry Ransom Center on The University of Texas campus is a great place to spend a free afternoon in the City of Austin. This small museum on the edge of campus showcases some interesting exhibits from the center’s large collection. Not only is the Ransom Center completely free to the public, but the exhibits change frequently. It is an afternoon of free enjoyment that can be repeated every few months when a new exhibit is showcased.
The current exhibits at the Ransom Center are “Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty” which we told you about in a previous post and “The Persian Sensation: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám in the West” about Persian astronomer Omar Khayyám.
On May 5th another interesting piece will arrive at the Ransom Center:
The Ransom Center celebrates the homecoming of one of its most famous and frequently borrowed art works, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Since 1990 the painting has been on almost continuous loan, featured in exhibitions at 28 museums in the U. S. and around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, and Spain.
One of my favorite exhibits in the past was “On the Road with the Beats” . It featured the original manuscript that Jack Kerouac used to type “On the Road.” I also enjoyed “The American Twenties” which covered every aspect of that era from culture to politics. The wide variety of exhibits is sure to match anyone’s interests.
The Center is easy to find and open every day of the week except Monday. Stop by to see the interesting galleries and explore this hidden treasure in Austin.