Press Release: January 1, 2015

2015 Exhibitions, Events, and Series

New Exhibitions

18th Annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale®

January 31–March 8, 2015

The country’s premier Western art show, the Autry's Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale challenges nationally recognized artists such as Bill Anton, George Carlson, Tammy Garcia, Robert Griffing, Z. S. Liang, Kyle Polzin, Mian Situ, Tucker Smith,Howard Terpning, Morgan Weistling, and others to exhibit their very best work. Works from 79 artists include landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, historical themes, and other subject matter that the American West inspires. 

Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West

April 25, 2015–January 3, 2016

Empire and Liberty is the first major museum exhibition to illuminate the causes and legacies of the American Civil War from the vantage point of Westward expansion. The exhibition includes an astonishing array of more than 200 artifacts, including Texas slave sale documents, Andrés Pico’s war drum, the battle flag carried by soldiers of the California Hundred, a Buffalo Soldier’s revolver, and Cherokee General Stand Watie’s bowie knife. 

New Acquisitions
Featuring The Kaufman Collection

Opens August 8, 2015

Every work of art has a story to tell. Inspired by the gift of 49 paintings and sculptures from the collection of Loretta and Victor Kaufman, this exhibition focuses on recent additions to the Autry’s growing art collections and the many stories contained within them. Together, these works present a complex and nuanced vision of the West as a place often caught between conflicting ideals of “old” and “new”; of an imagined world that exists in the past and a contemporary place informed by multiple perspectives and voices.

California Impressionism:
The Gardena High School Collection

Opens September 12, 2015

From 1919–1956, seniors at Gardena High School in Los Angeles collaborated to select and purchase contemporary art that they gifted to the school upon graduation. Today, Gardena High School possesses a museumworthy collection of California Impressionist paintings.California Impressionism explores the enduring power of landscape painting in the Golden State alongside the students and school that worked to capture this important artistic legacy.


Annual Gala

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Autry’s annual gala includes the presentation of the Spirit of the West® Award, a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, an elegant dinner, entertainment by top performers, and dancing under the stars at the afterparty. A lively night that honors the best of the American West, the gala is one of the Autry’s largest fundraisers of the year.

American Indian Arts Marketplace

Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, 2015

Southern California’s largest Native American arts fair brings together 200 top artists from around the country to sell pottery, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, mixedmedia works, weavings, beadwork, woodcarvings, and other handcrafted items. The weekend includes a juried competition and demonstrations of Native culture by musicians and storytellers. Visitors are encouraged to meet the artists to learn about traditional and contemporary Native arts. 


Native Voices at the Autry Presents Off the Rails
Written by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw)

February 27–March 15, 2015

The Union Pacific Railroad, an Indian boarding school, and Madame Overdone's Stewed Prunes Saloon collide in Randy Reinholz's bawdy and irreverent Off the Rails, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure set in Buffalo Bill's Wild West! 


Autry Explorers

January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 10, June 7, July 12, August 2, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 6

In this lively series, families are invited to wonder, wander, and explore the history, cultural traditions, and magnificent landscape of the American West. Each program features dynamic guest artists and presenters, plus handson museum fun for all ages. 

Gene Autry Double Feature

February 28, April 25, June 27, August 22, October 24, December 26

The screening of two motion pictures for the price of one was an industry standard in the first half of the twentieth century. The Autry returns to this bygone era with its own Saturday matinee double features starring America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry. 

Showtime Presents Eat|See|Hear Movies on the Autry Lawn

Select Saturdays, May–September 2015

During select Saturday nights this spring and summer, bring a picnic blanket and head over to the Autry lawn to watch classic movies projected in HD onto the largest outdoor movie screen on the West Coast. Some of the city’s tastiest food trucks and local bands will be on hand—plus every event is dogfriendly! Recommended for ages 21 and up. For details, visit

Sizzling Summer Nights

Thursdays, July 2–August 13, 2015

This allages dance party provides the perfect setting for an evening of fun enjoying the hottest Latin bands in Southern California. If you think you can’t dance, don’t worry—the Autry's salsa instructor will show you how. The museum, store, and Crossroads West Cafe are open late. 

What Is a Western? Film Series

January 17, February 14, April 18, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

This series examines the evolution of traditional Western movies against a backdrop of larger historical forces, with the films themselves shown on the big screen. Prior to each screening, Jeffrey Richardson, the Autry’s Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms, will lead a discussion of the film’s history and its place within the Western genre. 

The American West is a combination of history and myth, fact and fiction. The ambiguity surrounding the West is due in large part to the countless films that have been made about the region. More than any other factor, movies have shaped perceptions of the American West around the world.

What Is a Western? is an ongoing film series that examines a variety of movies about the American West. The majority of the films are traditional Westerns set in the nineteenth century; however, nontraditional Westerns and films outside of the Western genre that provide unique insights into the region are also featured.

The 2015 schedule includes groupings of films that explore key themes and topics related to the West and the Western genre. The first block highlights a popular film and its equally popular yet strikingly different remake. The second block includes two important but often overlooked films from director William A. Wellman. The third block showcases Western comedies from different eras, and the final block features movies related to the Civil War. The series concludes with the audience-selected Fan Favorite.

Other programs and events to be announced throughout the year. Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Autry's Griffith Park campus. Dates and details subject to change.

About the Autry National Center of the American West

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, films, theatre, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the United States. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors 60+, $4 for children ages 3–12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children age 2 and under. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month.


Museum and Autry Store:

Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads West Cafe:

Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The museum, store, and cafe are closed on Mondays, except for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents' Day.

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Maren Dougherty

Director of Communications and Marketing

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Communications Manager

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