Archive for July 15, 2007

Lecture on Magic Lanterns at the Ransom Center, Austin 7/17

“Magic Lanterns: Father of the Motion Picture and Grandfather of Television”

Jack Judson brings alive the world of the magic lantern, a form of animated optical projection used to educate and delight audiences for centuries, in his talk “Magic Lanterns: Father of the Motion Picture and Grandfather of Television” on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Judson, owner of the Magic Lantern Castle in San Antonio, discusses the history of magic lanterns, which date back to the 1600s, and how they contributed to the development of cinema. He’ll project slides using his own restored magic lantern to illustrate his talk.

Seating is free, but limited.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has evolved into a world-renowned cultural institution. Throughout 2007, the Ransom Center comemorates its 50th Anniversary with programs and exhibitions dedicated to “Celebrating the Imagination.” HRC has published a richly illustrated chronicle of its history. Click here to learn more about this important book, and to purchase it.

To view a timeline of the Ransom Center’s 50-year history, click here.

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