The Autry Blog

July 15, 2019

Jean Bruce Scott and Randy Reinholz Reflect on 25 Years of Native Voices

Now celebrating 25 years as a theatre company—20 of them at the Autry— Native Voices is devoted to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations playwrights. Native Voices’ co-founders Jean Bruce Scott and Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) are known across the country for their tireless passion and advocacy for Native theatre. Their passion abides, but they have decided that it is time to recruit and guide the next generation of Native Voices leadership.... Read more

April 30, 2019

The Autry's Rube Goldberg Device

Exhibitions
The Autry recently added a Rube Goldberg Machine to the Investigating Griffith Park exhibition. Co-Curator Carolyn Brucken sat down with Landon Jones, a museum Preparator and the builder of the Rube Goldberg machine, to ask a few questions:

What is a Rube Goldberg Machine anyway?

Reuben Garrett Luscious Goldberg (1883-1970) was a satirical cartoonist who became famous for his drawings of humorously impractical mechanisms, published nationally in The New York Evening Mail... Read more

January 3, 2019

In Memory of a Friend, Dr. Loren G. Lipson

Collections

By Julia Tcharfas, Collections Cataloger, Autry Museum of the American West

This September the Autry Museum unveiled a new exhibition, Grounded: Contemporary Ceramics, Gifts of Dr. Loren G. Lipson . The display, like the man who donated these and many other works of art in the Autry collections, is a vibrant, colorful, and powerful presence, one that speaks to the dynamic nature of contemporary art. Sadly and unexpectedly, a month after the opening, the Autry Museum also... Read more

Charles Lummis
August 1, 2018

Linking the Lummis Family

Collections
By Julia Tcharfas, Collections Cataloger, Autry Museum of the American West

Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859 – 1928) has an almost mythical role within the history of early Los Angeles – somehow both shaping the city’s cultural landscape and remaining a largely underground figure within it. Most accounts of his life begin when he was twenty five with a transcontinental 143-day-long walk from Cincinnati to L.A. narrated through his weekly dispatches to the Los Angeles Times. Upon arrival, Lummis took up the job as editor of the paper and by the turn of the century he had... Read more

May 7, 2018

On the Trail of Shoplifters, Pickpockets, and Sneaks!

Collections

By Marva Felchlin, Former Director, Library and Archives of the Autry

One of the pleasures of working with the Autry’s library and museum collections is discovering a book, document, or object you haven’t seen before. One day, while looking for images of 19 th century women, I came across this image of “Kid Glove Rosey,” the alias of Christine Mayer, “shoplifter.” What a great name for a shoplifter! I had to know more about her and how her image found its way to the Autry’s collection.

Photogravure, 1880 Autry Museum of the American West; 91... Read more
The saleswoman does not look very excited about the Trick Lasso, but the boy makes it clear it’s the concession for him, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives, Library and Archives, Autry Museum; T2010-28.
April 10, 2018

Exploring the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archives:
My Roy Rogers Lariat Spins Like The Dickens

Collections

By Mallory Furnier, Former Special Projects Archivist at the Autry

Beginning in the late 1930s, millions of children watched their hero Roy Rogers thunder across the screen on his intelligent steed Trigger, listened to his radio programs, or later thrilled to his television shows. The excitement of the flickering adventures was contagious for audience members won over by Rogers’ dashing good looks, catchy tunes, and amiable charm. But how could the excitement of adventure be brought home and relived in the comfort of mom and dad’s backyard? Roy Rogers’ marketing... Read more