Press Release: September 12, 2023

The Autry Museum of the American West Celebrates its
35th Anniversary with a Block Party in Griffith Park

The Autry celebrates its 35th Anniversary

(September 12, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA)—The Autry Museum of the American West hosts its 35th Anniversary Celebration with a carnival, Native performances, live music, food trucks and so much more. Join the Autry for a day full of fun celebrating its 35th anniversary with ticket prices the same as when the Autry opened in 1988.

Local artist Laila Asgari hosts a trunk show in the Autry Museum Store. Her collection includes wall hangings, wall tiles, plates, picture frames and coasters. Using a glass fusing technique, Asgari has developed her passion for the West into functional art by creating pictures with glass. Each glass piece is handmade and kiln-fired, creating unique pieces available for purchase.

Focus tours with Autry docents will be available to guests in the museum’s galleries from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Docents will lead guests through an exploration of stories found within the Autry's vast exhibitions. Each tour offers new themes, topics and stories including Firearms, Go West with Art, Reel or Real Cowboys? and Transportation Across the West. Additionally, there will be basket-weaving workshops available for guests.

During the celebration, the Autry welcomes its guests to gather around the drum with Wild Horse Singers and Dancers as they demonstrate traditional powwow dance styles and traditional songs in the plaza at 10:30 a.m. Since 1989, the Wildhorse Native American Association has been assisting urban Native American children and adolescents with cultural preservation.

Additionally, admission includes a Native Voices performance of Where the Summit Meets the Stars by Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit) in the Wells Fargo Theatre at noon. Where the Summit Meets the Stars is an ethereal Alaska Native story driven by music, dance and the culture of the Tlingit people. Make sure to reserve your tickets online as there are limited seats available for the performance. 

A special meet-and-greet will be in the Autry’s Ethnobotanical Gardens with PBS SoCal Daniel Tiger. Photo-ops and time with Daniel Tiger will start at 1 p.m. for half-hour visits until 5 p.m. Educational activities will also be available in the Family Play Space for kids and families.

Admission to the museum is included with the ticket price, where you will find the Autry's exhibitions including Sherman Indian School: 100+ Years of Education and Resilience, Imagined WestsWaterways, Art of the West, California Road Trip, Human Nature and Investigating Griffith Park.

On the lawn, there will be a carnival with a petting zoo, a Ferris wheel and fry bread for sale. Live music, a photo booth and a game lounge with corn-hole, Jenga and shuffleboard will also be available for guests in the plaza. The Autry’s 35th Anniversary has something for everybody to enjoy.

For more information, please visit theAutry.org. 


Sponsors: 

Annenberg Foundation · Bank of America · Bel Air Investment Advisors · David W. Cartwright · Marian and Ted Craver · Rebecca K. Dutka and Steve Dutka · Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross · HUB International Insurance Services Inc. · John and Hilda Arnold Foundation · Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture · Chrystina and James Parks · Keith Renken · Karen & Gary Schneider · Stanley B. Schneider 

The Autry’s 35th Anniversary Celebration is supported by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan. 

 

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Press Inquiries

Sarah Crispi 
Communications Specialist 
323.495.4266 
scrispi@theautry.org

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.


MUSEUM AND STORE HOURS
Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

DINING
Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.