The Autry Files

May 6, 2020

Conversations Between Colleagues: Developing a Collaborative Program

As part of an institutional partnership between the Autry and LACMA, our programs team collaborated in 2019 with LACMA’s assistant curator of film on a variety of movie screenings, from new releases by contemporary Native filmmakers to a screening of Walker introduced by punk composer Zander Schloss.

Although both museums are currently closed to the public in response to COVID-19, programming has continued with a shift to online formats. For a behind-the-scenes peek at that process, we’ve included an email conversation between Adam Piron , LACMA’s... Read more

May 5, 2020

Exploring old Los Angeles with the Pico House Register, June 1870 – May 1872

Collections / Library and Archives

By Marva Felchlin, Former Director Autry Library and Archives; Cheryl Miller, Head Library Metadata and Discovery Services

Pio de Jesus Pico was born at Mission San Gabriel on May 5, 1801. The son of soldier José María Pico, Pio Pico was of mixed African, American Indian, and European heritage. He moved to San Diego in 1819, where he kept a small shop. Pico served in the Mexican government of Alta California in the 1830s and 1840s. He became governor of California in 1845, but his term ended abruptly when the United States annexed California in 1846. Pico fled to Mexico during the... Read more

May 1, 2020

Griffith Park Yarnscape 2: How to Crochet a Kite

DIY / Exhibitions

Have you had enough passive screen-time and want to make something with your hands, maybe learning a new skill in the process? Join us in contributing to a gallery display of Griffith Park in crochet, with the help of these how-to videos.

As part of our exhibition Investigating Griffith Park we’re inviting the Autry community to make pieces to represent various aspects of the park, from nature to recreational activities, and mail them into the Autry (or drop them off in person once the museum re-opens, if... Read more

May 1, 2020

Aloha Friday: Ode to the Lava Shirt

Aloha Friday / Exhibitions
CURATORIAL STATEMENT

Over the past four years we have been working on Dress Codes , an exhibition that looks at clothing and street fashions that emerged from Western work, communities, traditions, and social movements and which are now adapted around the world.

The Autry’s mission is to tell the diverse stories of the American West. We support a community where all feel welcome and safe. When we started this project, we did not foresee how Aloha shirts, whose long history we explore in this... Read more

April 29, 2020

Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19

The Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative / Collections
Focus: A preservation initiative to assist communities across the American West on saving and protecting objects of meaning.

By: Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator of Western History

The Autry Museum of the American West is helping communities across the West identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting April 27, the Autry is launching its Collecting Community History: A Regional Collections Initiative of Exploration and Preservation . It is the first in a series of efforts to... Read more

April 28, 2020

Is This a Western? (Episode 5): The Mandalorian

Is This a Western

Two viewers independently suggest The Mandalorian, and Josh Garrett-Davis has to call in backup: Star Wars fan and the Autry’s Associate Curator of Archaeology and Osteology, Karimah Richardson. Read more

April 28, 2020

When Harry Met Coyote

Exhibitions

Harry Fonseca, Wide-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed # 1 (detail), 1993, acrylic on canvas. © Autry Museum of the American West; 2016.10.211

By: Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts

“Harry, I understand, Coyote brother, the how and why and why not Coyote needs to laugh—so we can love those who make us feel contradictions we need to see, that we need to realize, that we need to know what our lives have... Read more

April 27, 2020

Griffith Park Yarnscapes 1: How to Crochet Leafy Daisies

DIY / Exhibitions

Have you had enough passive screen-time and want to make something with your hands, maybe learning a new skill in the process? Join us in contributing to a gallery display of Griffith Park in crochet, with the help of these how-to videos.

The Autry’s exhibition Investigating Griffith Park is a multi-year community-guided initiative that explores the past, present and future of the nation’s largest urban park and much of the gallery consists of content contributed by visitors to... Read more

April 27, 2020

L.A. Poets in Place: Sounds

L.A. Poets in Place

image by Vena Lissette

Pandemic or not, music is a main source of comfort for a lot of us. Whatever and whenever a new normal materializes you can bet that music will be there! In last week’s L.A. Poets in Place: Sounds,local poets talked about how music plays into their lives. If you missed it, find a video of the Zoom meet-up below.

We recently created a pandemic playlist filled with songs crowd sourced between Autry staff and program attendees.Tune in to tune out the anxiety or discomfort you may be feeling and get ready for a journey through... Read more

April 24, 2020

Aloha Friday: Rags to Aloha Shirts

Aloha Friday / Exhibitions
CURATORIAL STATEMENT

Over the past four years we have been working on Dress Codes , an exhibition that looks at clothing and street fashions that emerged from Western work, communities, traditions, and social movements and which are now adapted around the world.

The Autry’s mission is to tell the diverse stories of the American West. We support a community where all feel welcome and safe. When we started this project, we did not foresee how Aloha shirts, whose long history we explore in this... Read more