The Autry’s long-running film series expands on themes in the Imagined Wests exhibition. Check here for upcoming films and past online programs.
Ted and Marian Craver Imagination Gallery
About the Exhibition
In the long-term exhibition Imagined Wests, visitors of all ages can explore the ways we tell stories about the American West through pop culture, clothing, toys, art, archives, and other media. The exhibition features over 250 objects from the Autry collections, as well as multimedia and hands-on activities, including the museum’s popular “green screen.” The gallery asks, as we so often do at the Autry, “What is a Western?”
Imagined Wests travels through Western storytelling landscapes, through retellings of history, and through the craft of many “West makers” from tailors to actors. We also explore the “view from here,” a focus on Southern California’s role as a place for stories.
Joe Horse Capture and artist Summer Yahbay (formerly Peters) in conversation present an in-depth look at her works. Summer uses traditional Ojibwe artistic beadwork to create stunning contemporary pieces.
This blog post explores a miniature Western town featured in Imagined Wests.
This conversation with historian John Mack Faragher and artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva) expands on “historical imagination,” one of the key themes of Imagined Wests. Alvitre also participated in creating a Tongva display in the exhibition.
Megan Thee Stallion: Rap, Anime, and the Imagined West
A blog post about musician Megan Thee Stallion’s influence on the way we imagine the American West.
Lewis deSoto (Cahuilla) speaks with Joshua Garrett-Davis, the Autry's Gamble Associate Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms, discuss deSoto's work and popular culture storytelling of the American West.
Bertha Parker Cody (Seneca/Abenaki), featured in Imagined Wests, appears in this blog post about what stories museums and archives tell about the West.
This blog details collections data on family albums of Charles Lummis, the Southwest Museum founder, who is featured in Imagined Wests.
Imagined Wests is supported by The Ahmanson Foundation, Jackie and Gene Autry, Bank of America, David W. Cartwright, Marilyn B. and Calvin B Gross, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Plummer Family, Lois Rice, Stanley B. Schneider, and Pamella and Johnny Zamrzla.