The Silent West


The Autry in Griffith Park

About the Exhibition

Featuring highlights of American West–themed posters from the silent film era, The Silent West shows the varied range of the industry prior to “talkies” and the consolidation of the studio system. The posters showcase a stunning art form in a remarkable era of commercial lithography. This small exhibition also reveals the cinematic West of the 1910s and 1920s to be quite modern, engaging topics still relevant to the real West. Although a large proportion of silent films themselves are lost, the posters reflect film artists and entrepreneurs experimenting with a new medium. Women and people of color served as writers, directors, stunt performers, and other creators in greater numbers than in later movies.