Exhibitions

July 6, 2020

Yarnscape 6: How to Crochet a Red-tailed Hawk

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... Read more

June 23, 2020

How the Character of Coyote Helped Artist Harry Fonseca Come Out

Exhibitions / Native Communities

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

Harry Fonseca (Nisenan Maidu, Hawaiian, Portuguese, 1946–2006) was an instrumental force in reshaping Native art with his trademark blend of traditional imagery, contemporary experience, and vibrant color and form. As he used his art to explore both his personal journey and the role of history in shaping Native consciousness in the present, Fonseca sought to expand definitions of Indian art and to shatter the expectations and stereotypes that had long confined it.

Fonseca’s best... Read more

June 9, 2020

Yarnscape 5: How to Crochet an Elderberry Leaf

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... Read more

May 26, 2020

Yarnscape 4: How to Crochet a California Poppy

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... Read more

May 15, 2020

Aloha Friday: A Love Story

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

May 14, 2020

Yarnscape 3: How to Crochet a Butterfly

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... Read more

May 1, 2020

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

By: Amanda K. Wixon, Curatorial Intern

We bought this shirt at the famous Aloha stadium swap meet in Honolulu several years ago. For my family, this was somewhat unusual as not one of us had ever actually needed a new Aloha shirt. At our respective homes, we each had many Aloha shirts and dresses for all occasions—family parties, dinner parties, birthday parties, anniversary parties, reunions, retirement parties, weddings, and funerals. But in this case, the new Aloha shirt was for my youngest son, who was irresistibly drawn to its volcano and lava theme and very (very)... 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

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