Lectures and Workshops

John Lithgow in Conversation with CEO Stephen Aron

Saturday, December 4, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

Free with advance registration

About the Event

Join award winning actor, author, and illustrator John Lithgow for a wide-ranging conversation with Autry President & CEO Stephen Aron, touching on some problematic historical figures, accepted mythologies about our past, and the need for every generation to write and rewrite history. The conversation will be set against the backdrop of the Autry’s central mural, subject of a recent KCET Artbound episode Imagined Wests, and itself now an artifact of changing interpretations of our past. 

Recently retired Autry President & CEO Rick West will be honored at a reception prior to the event. West's 8-year tenure saw the expansion and diversification of curatorial staff and narrative at the Autry.

Lithgow’s latest collection of satirical poems and illustrations, A Confederacy of Dumptys, takes us through a history of twenty-five "American Scoundrels." A book signing will follow the program in the Autry’s museum store.   

Light refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the museum store will be open before and after the event. The talk begins at 4:15 p.m.