The Autry

The Autry Museum for the history, art, and stories of the American West.
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The Autry is a museum dedicated to bringing together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music, and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach.

“Oh, give me a home/ Where velociraptors roam…”For this week's Is This a Western?, curator Josh Garrett-Davis takes on t...
04/25/2020
Is this a Western? (Episode 4): Jurassic Park

“Oh, give me a home/ Where velociraptors roam…”

For this week's Is This a Western?, curator Josh Garrett-Davis takes on the sci-fi classic Jurassic Park!

This week a college professor asks if the now-classic dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park is a Western.

Online exclusive! See director Nancy Kelly's critically acclaimed masterpiece, which tells the real-life tale of a young...
04/23/2020
Thousand Pieces of Gold (1990)

Online exclusive! See director Nancy Kelly's critically acclaimed masterpiece, which tells the real-life tale of a young Chinese woman sold into slavery in 1880s Idaho gold country. Distributor Kino Lorber is releasing this beautiful 4k restoration in a virtual theater as a means of supporting small independent cinemas around the country.

Streaming Online April 24–May 7 - Join us for a virtual theatrical release of Thousand Pieces of Gold , a critically acclaimed masterpiece that tells the real-life tale of a young Chinese woman sold into slavery in 1880s Idaho’s…

This Thursday @ noon, join Delanna Studi, Co-Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry, for an Instagram Live Q&A ...
04/22/2020

This Thursday @ noon, join Delanna Studi, Co-Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry, for an Instagram Live Q&A as part of the Autry's Office Hours.

DeLanna is a wealth of knowledge with over 25 years of experience as a performer, storyteller, educator, facilitator, advocate, and activist, you won't want to miss it! TheAutry.org/OfficeHours

In this week's Digital Tour, our Education department takes a look at some of the women—past and present—that have shape...
04/22/2020
Distance Learning

In this week's Digital Tour, our Education department takes a look at some of the women—past and present—that have shaped the American West. bit.ly/34FQVDC

During Shelter in Place the Autry would like to bring the joys of learning about the American West to you! Students, teachers, and parents alike can use these resources at home. We will be frequently…

Bring a bit of the Autry home by checking out the book selection on our online store. We have an array of books authored...
04/20/2020

Bring a bit of the Autry home by checking out the book selection on our online store. We have an array of books authored by Autry curators, as well as catalogue books detailing past Autry exhibitions. bit.ly/2VDNn0n

Last week, the Autry celebrated Jane Withers’ 94th birthday with a special blog post that highlights her life’s work fro...
04/19/2020
Happy Birthday Jane Withers

Last week, the Autry celebrated Jane Withers’ 94th birthday with a special blog post that highlights her life’s work from child actor to Gene Autry co-star to “Josephine the Plumber.”

By: Caroline Sheehan, 2018-2019 Autry/Occidental College intern; Liza Posas, Head, Research Services and Archives Jane Withers, actor, philanthropist, and doll collector, turns 94 this Sunday. A…

Attn American West Art Lovers: You still have a week to view and purchase, online, new works by the top contemporary art...
04/18/2020
Masters Art Exhibition and Sale

Attn American West Art Lovers: You still have a week to view and purchase, online, new works by the top contemporary artists working in the Western genre during #AutryMasters. Theautry.org/Masters

See paintings and sculptures by over 60 contemporary, nationally recognized artists.

In this week’s #AlohaAutry, we learn how Aloha shirts made their way into Harry S Truman’s wardrobe and how his “finest ...
04/17/2020
Aloha Friday: Truman’s Tropical Duds

In this week’s #AlohaAutry, we learn how Aloha shirts made their way into Harry S Truman’s wardrobe and how his “finest tropical duds” were controversial at the time. We also take a look at Truman’s shirt from legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku. The shirt was loaned to us from the Harry S Truman National Historic Site for use in Dress Codes, an upcoming Autry exhibition. bit.ly/2RIGl9u

By: Kristen Stalling, Museum Curator, Harry S Truman NHS/Independence Multi-Park Facility This past Sunday, April 12, marked the 75 th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s death and swearing in of…

It’s California #NativePlantWeek! Learn about the plants in your neighborhood by taking a digital tour of our ethnobotan...
04/16/2020
Distance Learning

It’s California #NativePlantWeek! Learn about the plants in your neighborhood by taking a digital tour of our ethnobotanical garden.

During Shelter in Place the Autry would like to bring the joys of learning about the American West to you! Students, teachers, and parents alike can use these resources at home. We will be frequently…

Our celebration of #NationalPoetryMonth with Dryland continues this Friday, 4/17, 6–7 p.m. Live on Zoom, hear from local...
04/14/2020
LA Poets in Place

Our celebration of #NationalPoetryMonth with Dryland continues this Friday, 4/17, 6–7 p.m. Live on Zoom, hear from local poets, engage in discussions, and receive a guided prompt to create your own pieces. This Friday’s program focuses on sounds.

Friday, April 17 and 24, 2020, 6:00–7:00 p.m. - Celebrate National Poetry Month with Dryland Literature and the Autry! Each program features readings by L.A. poets, discussions, and a guided prompt where participants are encouraged to create new…

This Thursday at noon, participate in an Instagram live Q&A with Amy Scott—the Autry’s Executive Vice President of Resea...
04/13/2020
Office Hours

This Thursday at noon, participate in an Instagram live Q&A with Amy Scott—the Autry’s Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts. Her recent curated exhibitions at the Autry include Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca, LA RAZA, and Harry Gamboa Jr.: Chicano Male Unbonded.

Thursday, April 16, 2020, Noon - Drop-in during the Autry's Office Hours, a new series hosted on Instagram Live that allows viewers the opportunity to ask experts across the field the questions they've always pondered.

In this week's episode of our new video series, Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis takes on Frankenstein. Find out how thi...
04/10/2020
Is this a Western? (Episode 2) Challenge: Frankenstein

In this week's episode of our new video series, Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis takes on Frankenstein. Find out how this classic tale set in Europe relates to the American West.

Challenge: Frankenstein The Autry’s media specialist, Anton Lieberman , suggested Frankenstein . Here’s how Josh responded:

Check out The Autry Online to see what we’re cooking up in the digital kitchen. Find links to blog posts, videos, educat...
04/09/2020
The Autry Online

Check out The Autry Online to see what we’re cooking up in the digital kitchen. Find links to blog posts, videos, educational resources, and more!

The Autry’s doors may be temporarily closed to the public, but that’s not going to stop us from bringing all the stories of the American West to you. Find below links to blog posts, Collection…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Dryland: A Literary Journal Based In South Central Los Angeles & the Autry. Live on...
04/08/2020
LA Poets in Place

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Dryland: A Literary Journal Based In South Central Los Angeles & the Autry. Live on Zoom, hear from local poets, engage in discussions, and receive a guided prompt to create your own pieces. This Friday’s program focuses on neighborhoods.

Friday, April 10, 17, and 24, 2020, 6:00–7:00 p.m. - Connections will not be cancelled, creativity will continue, and voices will be heard. Dryland Literature and the Autry celebrate National Poetry Month with a new digital series. Each program…

DYK the Autry Store is online? Check out the recently added items including puzzles, activities, books, and more for you...
04/07/2020

DYK the Autry Store is online? Check out the recently added items including puzzles, activities, books, and more for your stay-at-home needs.

This Thursday at noon, ask Tyree A. Boyd-Pates—the Autry’s Associate Curator of Western History—all your burning curator...
04/06/2020
Office Hours

This Thursday at noon, ask Tyree A. Boyd-Pates—the Autry’s Associate Curator of Western History—all your burning curatorial and Autry questions! We are launching Office Hours, a new series on Instagram Live that allows viewers the opportunity to ask experts across the field the questions they've always pondered.

Thursday, April 9, 2020, Noon - Drop-in during the Autry's Office Hours, a new series hosted on Instagram Live that allows viewers the opportunity to ask experts across the field the questions they've always pondered.

Looking for educational resources during this period of staying-at-home? The Autry’s education team has you covered like...
04/04/2020
Distance Learning

Looking for educational resources during this period of staying-at-home? The Autry’s education team has you covered like a wagon! Find virtual tours, activity pages, and more for students, teachers, and adults alike.

During Shelter in Place the Autry would like to bring the joys of learning about the American West to you! Students, teachers, and parents alike can use these resources at home. We will be frequently…

Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis claims to be able to take any film, song, book, or pop culture reference and explain ho...
04/03/2020
Is This a Western? Episode 1: The Challenge

Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis claims to be able to take any film, song, book, or pop culture reference and explain how it relates to the mythology of the American West. We invite you to show this cowboy up by submitting your challenges to him—by e-mailing [email protected] and asking, “Is This a Western?”

If you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you’re a curator of Western history, popular culture, and firearms at the Autry, everything looks like a Western. Playing on his recent…

The Autry’s collections department has donated almost 200 N95 masks and 13,000 pairs of gloves to health care profession...
04/03/2020
The Autry Donates Personal Protection Equipment to Area Hospitals

The Autry’s collections department has donated almost 200 N95 masks and 13,000 pairs of gloves to health care professionals at three area hospitals. Read a piece penned by Conor McCleary to learn more, including how and why the museum used this equipment in its normal, pre shelter-at-home operations.

In recent weeks, we have all been hearing about a shortage in many US hospitals of the personal protection equipment needed to protect healthcare workers as they care for sick patients. Museum staff,…

Aloha shirts: We know them, we love them, we likely have one in our closet. But do you know the history? Autry’s Chief C...
04/02/2020
Aloha Fridays

Aloha shirts: We know them, we love them, we likely have one in our closet. But do you know the history? Autry’s Chief Curator, Carolyn Brucken, shares a few insights into the upcoming Dress Codes exhibition—which includes a look at the history of Aloha shirts and the Native Hawaiian concept of 'Ohana.

We will be sharing stories from our colleagues on our blog and encourage you to participate in the #AlohaAutry spirit by wearing your own Aloha shirts and tagging us on Instagram (@theautry).

By: Carolyn Brucken, Chief Curator Aloha! Over the past few days people around the world have been sheltering at home, working remotely, and cancelling travel plans. For me, this has…

Head over to the Autry Blog to learn more about Penny (Gloria Winters), the teenage niece of Uncle Sky (Grant Kirby), ti...
03/31/2020
Sky King, Penny, and Nada Surf

Head over to the Autry Blog to learn more about Penny (Gloria Winters), the teenage niece of Uncle Sky (Grant Kirby), title character in the 1950s television series.

For many, this familiar opening to the 1950s television series also meant sharing the adventures of Penny, the teenage niece of Uncle Sky (Grant Kirby), title character in the television series.…

Continue the celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth by learning more about photographer Theo Westenberger (1950–2008) who fo...
03/29/2020
Theo Westenberger: A Woman of the West

Continue the celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth by learning more about photographer Theo Westenberger (1950–2008) who found inspiration in the American West. #museumfromhome

Note: These photographs are not currently on view. This is an online-only exhibit. In 2010, the Library and Archives of the Autry received a generous gift: the entire photographic work of Theo…

03/28/2020
The Story of Mabel McKay

#WomensHistoryMonth isn’t quite done yet. Learn about one of our favorite historical figures, Mabel McKay (Long Valley Cache Creek Pomo), basket weaver as well as a teacher, advocate, and spiritual leader through this short stop-animation piece. Created by Melanie Mandl, this video was featured in the exhibition The Life and Work of Mabel McKay (2016 at the Autry).

Stop-motion animation piece created by Melanie Mandl for the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. This video portrait is part of "The Life and Work of Mabel McKay",…

You still have time to purchase original artwork by #AutryMasters artists. We are extending the sale to April 25! See wo...
03/24/2020

You still have time to purchase original artwork by #AutryMasters artists. We are extending the sale to April 25! See works like this piece by Matt Smith and more online. bit.ly/2xktN0I

We think every day should be #NationalPuppyDay🖼: John Fawcett, Saddle Pals, watercolor part of #AutryMasters.See more wo...
03/24/2020

We think every day should be #NationalPuppyDay

🖼: John Fawcett, Saddle Pals, watercolor part of #AutryMasters.

See more work from Masters artists at TheAutry.org/Masters

We here at the Autry truly miss welcoming visitors to the museum, so we thought we’d bring the stories of the American W...
03/20/2020

We here at the Autry truly miss welcoming visitors to the museum, so we thought we’d bring the stories of the American West to you!

We want to hear from you! Drop a reply on what you would like to see, and how you would like to see it. More gallery tours? Stories behind the objects? Performances? Talks from experts? Let us know what subjects you would like us to explore.

During our temporary closure, we want to bring the Masters Art Exhibition & Sale to you! On Wednesday, we will go live a...
03/16/2020

During our temporary closure, we want to bring the Masters Art Exhibition & Sale to you! On Wednesday, we will go live at 11 a.m. on Instagram with a tour of the gallery. Be sure to check in with us by following @theautry.

03/13/2020
The Autry's Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns

Out of concern for the health and safety of our community, the Autry museum, store, and café will be temporarily closed to the public, beginning tomorrow (Saturday, March 14), until further notice. The closure will also include the Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus.

All public programs, events, school tours, and docent-guided tours through May 31 have been canceled. For programs that have fees, refunds will be issued automatically.

Operational updates will be announced here and on our website. For updates visit, TheAutry.org/COVID19.

*Updated March 13, 2020 Out of concern for the health and safety of our community, the Autry museum, store, and café will be temporarily closed to the public, beginning Saturday, March 14,…

03/12/2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Autry is canceling the remaining performances of Native Voices at the Autry's production of Lying with Badgers. For those who have paid a fee, refunds will be issued immediately. We will post updates here and to our website regarding any potential rescheduling. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

This Saturday, join basketweaver Delia ‘Dee’ Dominguez (Kitanemuk & Yowlumne Tejon Indians) as she shares her handmade b...
03/05/2020
From the Land and Woven by Our Hands: A Focus on Basket Caps Made by Delia Dee Dominquez

This Saturday, join basketweaver Delia ‘Dee’ Dominguez (Kitanemuk & Yowlumne Tejon Indians) as she shares her handmade basket caps in the Autry’s garden.

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 1:00–4:00 p.m. - Join basketweaver Delia ‘Dee’ Dominguez (Kitanemuk & Yowlumne Tejon Indians) as she shares her handmade basket caps in the Autry’s garden.

March 8 @ 12:30 p.m.: Ask your questions to artist Mark Maggiori during Meet the Artist, a new drop-in series feat. #Aut...
03/05/2020

March 8 @ 12:30 p.m.: Ask your questions to artist Mark Maggiori during Meet the Artist, a new drop-in series feat. #AutryMasters. Included with admission. Free for Autry Members. http://bit.ly/2PWoxXN

Photos from opening weekend of Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale are now on our site! TheAutry.org/Ma...
03/03/2020
Masters Art Exhibition and Sale

Photos from opening weekend of Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale are now on our site! TheAutry.org/Masters

See paintings and sculptures by over 60 contemporary, nationally recognized artists.

02/28/2020
Autry Museum of the American West

Tickets to see Lying with Badgers: New Play by Native Voices at the Autry on opening night are SOLD OUT! Be sure to catch one of the other performances now through March 15 and reserve your seat today. TheAutry.org/NativeVoices

Native Voices at the Autry's premiere of Lying with Badgers is featured in LAist's 24 Amazing Events Happening In Southe...
02/27/2020
24 Amazing Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

Native Voices at the Autry's premiere of Lying with Badgers is featured in LAist's 24 Amazing Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

Pooches prance. Frankenstein rises... again. South L.A. hosts a wellness fair. An immersive opera unfolds in Chinatown.

Starting as a procession through the @lastatehistoricpark, the @industryopera’s Sweet Land becomes an opera that erases ...
02/26/2020
Sweet Land - The Industry

Starting as a procession through the @lastatehistoricpark, the @industryopera’s Sweet Land becomes an opera that erases itself. Join LA’s contemporary opera company February 29–March 15 for an unforgettable experience. Visit http://bit.ly/3aWwox9 for tickets and more information. Mayflower image and conceptual design by @cannupa Hanska Luger. Lettering and graphic design by @VisualIssues.

The Arrivals wash up on the shore. They make contact with another civilization they call “the Hosts.” And from there, the story splinters, following diverging perspectives. Starting as a procession through the LA State Historic Park, Sweet Land becomes an opera that erases itself. The company th...

This Friday, don't miss the premiere of Lying with Badgers from Native Voices at the Autry. Traditions are challenges, a...
02/25/2020
Native Voices Presents Lying with Badgers

This Friday, don't miss the premiere of Lying with Badgers from Native Voices at the Autry. Traditions are challenges, allegiances are tested in this dark comedy set in the Blackfeet Nation. TheAutry.org/NativeVoices

Written by Jason Grasl (Blackfeet) Directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) February 28–March 15 Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 p.m. RESERVATIONS …

Opening next week! See the world premiere of Native Voices at the Autry Lying with Badgers. Humorous and moving, this da...
02/22/2020
Native Voices Presents Lying with Badgers

Opening next week! See the world premiere of Native Voices at the Autry Lying with Badgers. Humorous and moving, this dark comedy—featuring puppets who interact with humans—tells the story of two estranged brothers of the Blackfeet Nation.

Performances: 2/28–3/15.
More info: TheAutry.org/NativeVoices

Written by Jason Grasl (Blackfeet) Directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) February 28–March 15 Thursdays and Fridays: 8:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 p.m. RESERVATIONS …

The Industry presents Sweet Land, February 29–March 15 at Los Angeles State Historic Park. LA’s contemporary opera compa...
02/21/2020
Sweet Land - The Industry

The Industry presents Sweet Land, February 29–March 15 at Los Angeles State Historic Park. LA’s contemporary opera company brings you a historical pageant that disrupts the dominant narrative of American identity. Visit bit.ly/3aWwox9 for tickets and more information.

Mayflower image and conceptual design by Cannupa Hanska Luger. Lettering and graphic design by Visual Issues.

The Arrivals wash up on the shore. They make contact with another civilization they call “the Hosts.” And from there, the story splinters, following diverging perspectives. Starting as a procession through the LA State Historic Park, Sweet Land becomes an opera that erases itself. The company th...

Opening tomorrow (2/8), Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale. Be amongst the first to see paintings and scul...
02/08/2020
Masters Art Exhibition and Sale

Opening tomorrow (2/8), Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale. Be amongst the first to see paintings and sculptures by 64 nationally recognized artists.

See paintings and sculptures by over 60 contemporary, nationally recognized artists.

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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
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The biggest event of the year at Heritage Square Museum is coming up soon, December 7th and 8th, our Holiday Lamplight Celebration! This year, the theme is a fictionalized retelling of the Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”, with the characters in the production all people from the homes at the Museum’s past! Read more about it at the museum website here: https://heritagesquare.org/events/calendar/annual-holiday-lamplight-celebration-tours Or check out the facebook event page with link to purchase tickets! For those so inclined…come dressed in period clothing and experience the past with us! https://www.facebook.com/events/994769250857674/?event_time_id=994769254191007
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Annual Vintage/Victorian Fashion Show and Tea coming up at Heritage Square Museum on Saturday April 13th. This year’s theme is “Romance Through the Ages”. Enjoy tea with delectable sweets, sandwiches, and cakes, while viewing the fashion show covering hundreds of years of clothing history! Tickets available via link on the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/839178989750189/ Heritage Square Museum 3800 Home Street Los Angeles, CA 90031
Selling the Southwest Museum? Unliked, unfollowed...oh, and I threw in a curse on your firstborn for good measure. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Happy Birthday Charles F. Lummis!
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It's Holiday Lamplight Celebration time at Heritage Square Museum! On Saturday December 1st, and Sunday December 2nd, starting at 4 pm, come to Heritage Square and travel back in time to Christmas Eve 1918 while viewing our Victorian era homes decorated for the holidays! Be part of an immersive play experience, learn the latest popular dance, enjoy wine and cheese after your tour, and see the splendor of the museum at night! This is the museum's biggest fundraiser, with untold hours of preparation required for the production! Tickets must be purchased in advance for this special event! Heritage Square is located at 3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Museum phone number: 323-225-2700 Tours run every 20 minutes, so be prepared to choose your time! Dress up in 1918 era clothing and make the experience even more special! A wonderful way to celebrate the Holiday season! Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/117937999121461/ Heritage Square Museum Link: http://heritagesquare.org
Its Mourning Tours Time at Heritage Square Museum! Saturday 10/27 and Sunday 10/28, 12 pm to 4 pm. Much of the focus will be on 1918 this year...but NOT the end of the War! It's Spanish Influenza time and everyone's got it! All new things this year we have never done...so come out and dress in your best BLACK MOURNING CLOTHES and come and cry with us! Here is the link to the Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/739632853063850/ We're dying to see you! Literally..... Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer Street Los Angeles, CA 90031 For more information about Halloween and Mourning Tours, call the museum offices from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (323) 225-2700 ext. 223
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS!!! My good friend Efrain Colón and I have started First Nations Screenwriters Group. If you're a Native American writer (TV,Film,Playwright, etc), we welcome you to join. We will hold our first meeting later this month at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (shout out to those guys). Our goal is to foster a strong, supportive community of Native writers and producers in Hollywood. That, of course, starts by giving awesome notes and constructive feedback on each other's work so that it will be ready when execs and reps read it. In fact, we've already heard from network execs and Native actors interested in taking part in table reads. As it stands, we will be holding meetings one Saturday a month from 1pm-5pm. Please feel free to message either me or Efrain with any questions or concerns and feel free to share with other Native writers.
We visited #TheAutry's Historic Southwest Museum during Museum of the Arroyo Day!
ETHAN WAYNE, JOHN WAYNE’S SON, INTERVIEWED, PLUS ETHAN HOSTS ‘WESTERN ICONS’ ON HDNET ALL WEEK!