June 29, 2020

Western Music Association Digital Showcase


Since 2002, the local chapter of the Western Music Association has regularly gathered at the Autry to play together, entertaining visitors with their performances and passion. Members of the WMA submitted these videos for a digital showcase of their music during a time when we are unable to gather to hear them live. Some performances were recorded before the “Safer at Home” restrictions while others were filmed specially for this compilation.

The Western Music Association was established in 1988 to encourage and support the preservation, performance and composition of historic,... Read more

June 25, 2020

Route 66 Women: The Untold Story of the Mother Road

Programs / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Katrina Parks, Filmmaker

Internationally, Route 66 is viewed as an expression of something uniquely American—a blend of freedom, the open road and adventure. Signs for the highway can be found all over Europe and Asia, and the myth of Route 66 draws hundreds of thousands of people to make their own journey every year. However, the actual experience of traveling and living along the Mother Road has always been greatly impacted by race and gender. From the Spicer family traveling from California back to the South on Route 66 to the Sakatani family during WWII, and the women who... Read more

May 11, 2020

Eadweard Muybridge: Pioneer and Innovator


As part of a long-running partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), we are co-presenting a live stream screening of Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies on May 15, accompanied by a live score composed by Kite, an Oglala Lakota performance artist specializing in experimentation in new media and digital technologies.

If you are interested in how such events are developed and the thoughts behind them, we recently posted a... Read more

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

April 6, 2020

Sweet Land: The Show Must Go On

Native Communities / Programs

By: Brittany Campbell, Public Engagement Manager and Ben Fitzsimmons, Associate Director of Programs and Research

Artistic endeavors are essential today more than ever and the Autry actively works to include the many voices of the creative communities of the American West through partnerships and public programming initiatives. We were excited to hear that The Industry, an artist-driven company creating experimental productions that expand the definition of opera, was developing an opera exploring the myths of American identity and the erasure of certain stories. Sweet Land was co-... Read more