Past Autry Artists Salons

Artists Salon on Approaching Native Plays 

In this conversation DeLanna Studi (Cherokee Citizen) Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry speaks with Courtney Elkin Mohler, Ph.D.  (Santa Barbara Chumash), Associate Professor of Theatre and Associate Dean for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access at Jordan College of the Arts, Butler University and Bethany Hughes, Ph.D. (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Assistant Professor of American Culture and Native American Studies at the University of Michigan. They examine Native Voices plays, allyship, community engagement, common misconceptions, and challenging conventions.


Artists Salon on Black Press in the American West

In this unique salon Angel Jennings, Assistant Managing Editor for Culture and Talent at the Los Angeles Times, and Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator of Western History, sit down to discuss journalism's power to tell authentic stories about African Americans—past and present. The two go over a brief history of the Black press in the American West and how it's vital to recounting the power of narrative and storytelling.



Artist Salon featuring the Southwest Museum Archaeology Collection

The second installment of our salons with Karimah Richardson, Associate Curator of Archaeology and Osteology, speaks with Cindy Alvitre, NAGPRA Coordinator & Faculty at California State University, Long Beach American Indian Studies Program. Alvitre is affiliated with the Tongva Nation, and a member of the Traditional Council of Pimu.


Artist Salon with Kenyatta Berry

The What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives exhibition includes a photograph of an unidentified woman holding a baby noted as “Hortense Bardasch, 6 months old.” In this salon, Liza Posas, the Autry’s Head of Research Services and Archives, discusses the clues to find the story behind the “unidentified woman” with genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry.


Artist Salon on Archaeology Stewardship

In the first of three salons featuring Karimah Richardson, the Autry’s Associate Curator of Archaeology and Osteology, speaks with Dr. Wendy G. Teeter, Senior Curator of Archaeology for UCLA’s Fowler Museum and Repatriation Coordinator. Teeter also teaches for the university’s American Indian Studies program and is Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Director of multiple UCLA collaborative projects with indigenous communities on repatriation issues and cultural heritage protection.
 


Artist Salon with Autry Board Chair, David Cartwright and Musician Chris Pierce

David Cartwright, Autry Board Chair, interviews musician Chris Pierce. Pierce performed earlier this year in the Autry's Art of the West exhibition. His song “We Can Always Come Back to This” was prominently featured on This Is Us and received multiple nominations.

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JULY

Compton Cowboys: Blackness in Los Angeles

In a private salon, author and journalist of The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Heartland, Walter Thompson-Hernandez, and Associate Curator of Western History, Tyree Boyd-Pates, discussed Thompson-Hernandez's acclaimed work and the history of Blackness in Los Angeles—past and present. The two go over the historical legacy of the African American experience in the West, while Thompson-Hernandez offers nuances to the complexity of identity for youth in Los Angeles's urban centers.

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SEPTEMBER

In-Studio Artist Conversation

From his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist Michael Scott and Amy Scott, the Autry's Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts. Perhaps no artistic approach to fire captures the range of cultural and environmental (not to mention) complexities and meaning of fire than his fire-themed paintings from his Preternatural series. Scott’s fire series offers a unique opportunity to educate Autry audiences about the historical, cultural, and dangerous aspects of fire, and how to better manage and appreciate it as an environmental force of both surreal beauty and immense power.

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Artist Salon with Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla Band of Indians) and Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Art

Amy Scott is joined for a discussion with artist and sculptor Gerald Clarke from his ranch on the Cahuilla Band of Indians Reservation. Featured in the Autry’s upcoming exhibition When I Remember, I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California. Clarke will discuss the seminal role of California as an artistic hub and source of inspiration for both major talents, stylistic movements, and political themes prominent within Native art today.

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Salon Series: Gerald Clarke


OCTOBER

Topic: Reimagining Western, Native American, and California Stories through Art

Conversation with artist Lewis deSoto (Cahuilla) and Josh Garrett-Davis, Gamble Associate Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms

Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis speaks with Lewis deSoto about his works included in this fall’s exhibition When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, as well as his monumental piece Cahuilla (2006), a transformed 1980s pickup truck that will serve as an anchor in the future core exhibition Imagined Wests, located in the Ted and Marian Craver Imagination Gallery. The discussion will include a sneak preview of that exhibition-in-development about popular culture storytelling of the American West.

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Lewis deSoto SALON


Topic: Artist Salon with Summer F. Peters (Saginaw Chippewa) and Joe Horse Capture, Vice President of Native Collections & the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture

Description: Joe Horse Capture and artist Summer F. Peters will be in conversation and present an in-depth look at her works. Summer uses traditional Ojibwe artistic beadwork to create stunning contemporary pieces.

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Autry SALON Series - Summer Peters


Topic: Artist Salon at the Resources Center of the Autry

Description: Joe Horse Capture, the Vice President of Native Collections & the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture, and Curatorial Assistant Amanda Wixon highlight items from the Native Collections at the Resources Center of the Autry.

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Artists Salon Series - Joe Horse Capture and Amanda Wixon


Topic: Artist Salon with W. Richard West Jr. the Autry President and CEO and Joe Horse Capture, Vice President of Native Collections & the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture

Description: Autry President and CEO W. Richard West Jr. as he speaks with Joe Horse Capture, Vice President of Native Collections & the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture.

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Autry Artists Salon with W. Richard West and Joe Horse Capture


Topic: Artist Salon on Distance Learning and Education Panelists

Sarah Daunis, Core 2 Educator at Santa Monica Alternative School House
Dr. Christopher Endy, Professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles
Laura Griffith, STEM Educator at Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet

Description: Educators across the country have asked for help in keeping their students engaged as learning has moved online, and museums have risen to the challenge. In this salon, Sarah S. Wilson, the Director of Education at the Autry Museum, will moderate a discussion between Dr. Christopher Endy, Sarah Daunis, and Laura Griffith about distance learning resources and programs offered by the Autry's education department.

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Liza Posas, Head Research Services & Archives at the Autry, speaks with UCLA Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies, Dr. Marissa Lopez, as they take an in-depth look at when you uncover one women's story; you discover multiple women's stories. The discussion includes a sneak preview of Autry's What's Her Story exhibition.

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Artist Salon: What's Her Story


Topic: Artists Salon with Mark Maggiori

Description: Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation as she speaks with painter Mark Maggiori from his studio in Taos, New Mexico. Mark is participating in the 2021 Masters Art Sale and Exhibition.

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JANUARY 2021

Artist Salon with Tony Abeyta

Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation speaks with Navajo contemporary artist Tony Abeyta from his home in Berkeley who is participating in the 2021 Masters Art Sale and Exhibition.

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Artist Salon with Tony Abeyta


FEBRUARY

Title: Artists Salon with Tammy Garcia

Description: Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation, speaks with renowned Pueblo potter and sculptor Tammy Garcia, whose work embodies classic design and modern iconography. You can see Garcia's work in the Autry's 2021 Masters Art Sale and Exhibition.

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Artists Salon with Tammy Garcia


Artist Salon with Dyani White Hawk

Description: Joe Horse Capture, the Vice President of Native Collections & the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture, speaks with Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota). The discussion touches on the iconography in Dyani's contemporary artworks, and her incredible set of prints that the Autry recently added to its collection.


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Artist Salon with Dyani White Hawk


Artists Salon with DeLanna Studi and Arigon Starr: The Power of Images, Super Indian, and Native Representation

A special salon with DeLanna Studi, the Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry, and Arigon Starr, playwright and renowned comic book writer whose work includes Super Indian. Moderated by Liza Posas, Head of Research Services and Archives at the Autry, they discuss the creation of Super Indian and the importance of having a Native Superhero and touch on the Native Voices Archives.

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Artists Salon with DeLanna Studi and Arigon Starr


Artists Salon on the Autry Classroom Curators

This unique salon highlights the Autry Classroom Curators program and the Mervyn Dymally Archives Project. The Autry’s Director of Education, Sarah Wilson moderated a discussion between California State University, Los Angeles History lecturer Dr. Dawn Dennis, and Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Azalea Camacho.

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Artists Salon on the Autry Classroom Curators