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Alan and Rose Betty Williams

Alan and Rose Betty Williams

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Ambiance - PG1

Ambiance

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Ambiance - PG2

Ambiance

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Carmel and Greg Fenves and Joe Armstrong

Carmel and Greg Fenves and Joe Armstrong

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Carmel and Tom Borders

Carmel and Tom Borders

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Cathleen Slack, Becky and Mike Robertson & Sean Slack

Cathleen Slack, Becky and Mike Robertson & Sean Slack

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Cecily Rodman, Marian Casey, Joan Clark, Chris Casey, Diana Ball, David and Rona Baizer

Cecily Rodman, Marian Casey, Joan Clark, Chris Casey, Diana Ball, David and Rona Baizer

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Elizabeth Avellan

Elizabeth Avellan

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Eric Colleary and Kate O'Toole

Eric Colleary and Kate O'Toole

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Eric Colleary and Kate O'Toole

Eric Colleary and Kate O'Toole

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Gabrielle Black and B. Sterling Archer

Gabrielle Black and B. Sterling Archer

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Kelly Cooper McClure, Dawn Black, Margie Rine and Jennifer Kuczaj

Kelly Cooper McClure, Dawn Black, Margie Rine and Jennifer Kuczaj

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Luke Borders, Justin and Samantha Halloran, Amanda Rivera & Taylor and Shawn Bose

Luke Borders, Justin and Samantha Halloran, Amanda Rivera & Taylor and Shawn Bose

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Matthew Weiner and Louis Black

Matthew Weiner and Louis Black

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Michael Kentor, Mandy Dealey and Franchelle Stewart Dorn

Michael Kentor, Mandy Dealey and Franchelle Stewart Dorn

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Mickey and Jeanne Klein

Mickey and Jeanne Klein

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Nate Davis, Kate McCann, Betsy Dupree Nowrasteh Emma Aldridge and Conrad Franz

Nate Davis, Kate McCann, Betsy Dupree Nowrasteh Emma Aldridge and Conrad Franz

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Nell McKeown, Jeff Williams and Debra Law McKeown

Nell McKeown, Jeff Williams and Debra Law McKeown

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HRC World of Wonder Gala

HRC World of Wonder Gala

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Regan and April Smith & Gitta and Michael Black

Regan and April Smith & Gitta and Michael Black

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Rita and Matt Kriesle

Rita and Matt Kriesle

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Rob Giardinelli, Eric Cooper, Lance Avery Morgan and Adrian Farrell

Rob Giardinelli, Eric Cooper, Lance Avery Morgan and Adrian Farrell

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Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn

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Shaun and Liz Avants

Shaun and Liz Avants

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Steve and Lucy Enniss

Steve and Lucy Enniss

Harry Ransom Center Celebrates 60 Years With Mad Men Exhibit

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Brian Diggs, Birzer Photography, Ben Porter and Pete Smith

THE SCENE: The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center was the setting for a special evening that celebrated six decades as a leading worldwide destination for artistic exhibits that have impacted the cultural zeitgeist on an American and international level. The occasion brought out not only the city’s cultural elite, but also drew artists known on a worldwide level including Peter O’Toole’s daughter Kate O’Toole and creator of the iconic series Mad Men, Matthew Weiner. The theme? It was W.O.W., a World Of Wonders.

 

THE VIBE: The evening began at the second-floor reception area of the Harry Ransom Center with a VIP cocktail hour. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with internationally known and respected artistic and literary minds as well as view some of the iconic pieces from Ransom Center’s collection including two clothing ensembles from Mad Men, as well as a desk that belonged to Edgar Allan Poe. The festivities then continued as the action moved outside to the courtyard in front of the main entrance of The Harry Ransom Center where the good times continued against the backdrop of a perfect Texas evening.

 

The festivities then headed toward the iconic University of Texas Bell Tower and guests entered a beautifully adorned tent erected on the plaza, where guests dined on delicious cuisine during the evening’s program. Masters of Ceremonies Franchelle Stewart Dorn and Virginia l. Murchison effortlessly kept the evening flowing as a host of artistic and literary icons presented and received awards including: Sally Quinn, Billy Collins, Kate O’Toole, Elizabeth Avellán and Nell McKeown. The evening concluded with a conversation with Matthew Weiner, who shared his thoughts and behind the scenes insight about the culture of his visionary series, Mad Men.

 

THE CAUSE: The event, with honorary chairs Sally Quinn and Matthew Weiner raised over $400,000 for The Harry Ransom Center which procures and produces exhibitions of works by world renowned artists and writers.