Select Thursdays, 2020, Noon

About the Event

If you could ask the people behind the scenes at the Autry anything, what would it be? Wonder no more. We give you Office Hours, a new series hosted on Instagram Live that allows viewers the opportunity to ask experts across the field the questions they've always pondered. As a live program, viewers can send in questions and receive answers immediately, providing them with access to experts like never before. To join the convo, just give the Autry a follow on Instagram: @theautry

And for archived editions, scroll down below! 

How do I participate/view?

On the date and time of the Office Hours (see schedule below), sign onto Instagram and join the Autry as we go live. You can send questions beforehand to be answered live by e-mailing and specifying who the question is for.

What can I ask?

Anything. As the old saying goes, "there's no such thing as a stupid question." Examples: What's your favorite piece in the collection? How did you become a curator?

How can I see the content if I don't have an Instagram? I don't have Instagram, I don't want to signup. It's just dogs, food pics, and influencers.

We hear ya. To make something live and provide direct communication in a time of social distancing, we chose to host it on our Instagram acccount. After the live Instagram feed, we will select a few of the questions and put it on our blog for people to access it at their leisure. We are also including several editions archived on YouTube, below! 

Thursday, July 23, Noon | Jennifer Kim, Conservator at the Autry and Laleña Vellanoweth, Conservation and Collections Manager at the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture

For this special Autry Office Hours, we invited Laleña Vellanoweth from Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture to chat with the Autry's Jennifer Kim about caring for collectibles. Join the two experienced conservators for an hour-long discussion on best practices for preserving your precious pieces. They will review basic deterioration agents that attack common memorabilia items and will share examples of safe storage materials and practices for everything from toys to costumes. Come with questions because they have answers!


Jennifer Kim is a Conservator specializing in objects at the Autry. Prior to joining the Autry in 2012, she was a conservator at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library. She has worked on toys, film props and production art, and historic fan material.
Laleña Vellanoweth is a conservator of costume and textiles and has worked for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, the Academy Museum, and the Autry. She has worked extensively with Hollywood costumes of all eras. Laleña is currently the Los Angeles County Civic Art Conservation and Collections Manager.


Autry Office Hours - DeLanna Studi