Press Release: November 29, 2015

Autry Museum of the American West 2016 Exhibitions, Events, and Series

Note: We recently changed the formal name of our organization from "Autry National Center of the American West" to "Autry Museum of the American West" to communicate the organization's principal activities as a museum.


19th Annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

February 6–March 20, 2016

The country’s premier Western art show, Masters challenges nationally recognized artists such as George CarlsonTammy GarciaRobert GriffingZ. S. LiangKyle PolzinMian SituHoward Terpning, and others to exhibit their very best work. Works include landscapes, seascapes, historical themes, and other subject matter that the American West inspires. More

The California Art Club's 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

April 3-24, 2016

Presented by the California Art Club (CAC) and hosted by the Autry, this exhibition highlights more than 200 sculptures and paintings of genres ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figures and still lifes. The participating artists have been active in expanding interest in the California Impressionist heritage associated with CAC's founding. More

Revolutionary Vision: Group f/64 and Richard Misrach Photographs From the Bank of America Collection

June 4, 2016–January 8, 2017

Revolutionary Vision explores the intertwined legacies of f/64, California’s premier photo-modernist group, and Richard Misrach, one of the state’s most well-known contemporary photographers. Includes works by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Richard Misrach, Edward Weston, and others who present changing visions of the Western landscape. More

Major Reopening of Core Visitor Spaces: California Continued

Opens October 9, 2016

Encompassing nearly 20,000 square feet, this landmark destination features two new galleries and an ethnobotanical garden. With immersive storytelling and extraordinary art, artifacts, and plants, California Continued explores the interconnected social and cultural histories of our environment. The galleries will feature rare objects from the Autry and Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collections—many of which will be on view for the first time! More


Annual Gala

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A lively night that honors the best of the West, the gala is one of the Autry’s largest annual fundraisers. This event includes the presentation of the Spirit of the West Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the art, culture, and legacy of the American West.

American Indian Arts Marketplace

Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, 2016

Southern California’s largest Native American arts fair brings together 200 top artists from around the country to sell pottery, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, mixed-media works, weavings, beadwork, and other hand-crafted items. The festive weekend includes music, storytelling, theatre, food, and film. More


Native Voices at the Autry Presents They Don't Talk Back

Performances: March 4–20, 2016

A troubled teen from a broken home receives the culture shock of a lifetime when he is sent to live and work with his Tlingit grandparents in a remote Alaskan fishing village. This funny, heartfelt exploration of family and life emerges in a contemporary coming-of-age story by promising new playwright Frank HenryKaash Katasse (Tlingit). More


Autry Explorers

Monthly Series

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 hands-on museum fun for all ages. 

What Is a Western? Film Series 2016

Select Saturdays Every Month

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, a guest speaker leads a discussion of the film’s history and its place within the Western genre. 

Sizzling Summer Nights

Thursday Nights, July 7–August 18, 2016

This all-ages 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. More

One Book, One Autry

Ongoing Reading Series

The Virginian (1902) by Owen Wister established the groundwork for a genre that would go on to produce countless novels and films. In 2016, the book's themes will be incorporated into museum-wide experiences and tours, as well as small group discussions with Autry curators and educators. 

Gene Autry Double Features

Select Saturdays

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 Saturday matinee double features starring America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry. More

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

Select Saturdays, May–September 2016

During select Saturday nights, 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 dog-friendly! Recommended for ages 21 and up. For details, visit


Treasure It Together Event Series

Select Weekends at the Autry's Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus

The Autry and the National Trust for Historic Preservation present a series that celebrates the creativity, energy, rich history, and diversity of Northeast Los Angeles. Events will include family-friendly activities ranging from yoga to music, and covering everything from L.A. history to the evolving landscape. For details, visit

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.