Free Children's Admission on July 27 - National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl!

painting of closed santa monica pier

Santa Monica, CA


Sue Peck

Collecting Community History Initiative Digital Archives, Autry Museum; MSA.64.1.159

“The COVID-19 experience has inspired me to create art for the first time in 38 years. These are my contributions.”


During early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders (SIPO), people across the American West grappled with angst and frustration with the pandemic’s restrictions. To express their feelings, they took to various artistic mediums such as photography, paint, digital media, and even their masks. This creativity displayed not only their individuality but also their solidarity with communities near and far.

Unless otherwise noted, all works in this exhibition were submitted by the originator and are part of the Community Collecting History Initiative (CCHI) digital archive at the Autry Museum.

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of the 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.
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