300 W. 21st, 512/471-8944
Come for the rarest of rarities on permanent exhibit – the Gutenberg Bible (one of six complete copies in the U.S., printed ca. 1450-55) and the first (known) photo ever, shot by French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce – stay for whatever exhibitions have been drawn from this University of Texas humanities research library’s stunning collection. Its unparalleled holdings include the archives of literary lions (Gabriel García Marquez, David Foster Wallace, Norman Mailer), film legends (David O. Selznick, Robert De Niro, Nicholas Ray), stage giants (Arthur Miller, Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard), and major figures from history and photography (Napoleon, Churchill, Woodward & Bernstein, the Magnum collective).
Here's a new and detailed look at the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain and America, showing how it transformed the homes and lives of ordinary people and how it continues to influence modern design. Through July 14.
In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery
, author of Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
, explores the obscure influences haunting Gorey's work. Thu., Feb. 21, 7pm. Free.