The Autry Files

August 3, 2020

Yarnscape 7: How to Crochet a Party Sign

DIY / Exhibitions

Have you had enough passive screen-time and want to make something with your hands, maybe learning a new skill in the process? Join us in contributing to a gallery display of Griffith Park in crochet, with the help of these how-to videos.  

As part of our exhibition Investigating Griffith Park we’re inviting the Autry community to make pieces to represent various aspects of the park, from nature to recreational activities, and mail them into the Autry (or drop them off in person once the... Read more

August 3, 2020

Comidas Mexicanas: Sharing Multicultural Foodways

Exhibitions / Latinx Communities / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Christina Hummel-Colla, Library Collections Assistant

It is no surprise, given that I was born and raised in Los Angeles, that Mexican American food has always occupied a special place in my heart and stomach. When I left to study abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I packed a bottle of hot sauce to ensure that I would have a flavor to remind me of home. All this to say, I was delighted when my colleagues and I began to explore... Read more

July 24, 2020

What Is This Object? Episode 2

Collections / What Is This

Hosted by Joe Horse Capture, the Autry's Vice President of Native Collections and the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture, this new video series is part "Kids Say the Darndest Things," part history lesson. Horse Capture takes objects from the Autry's collections and asks kids what they think it could be. Hilarity and cuteness ensues. At the end of the video, he turns it over to an Autry expert to explain the history behind the object. Test yourself and see if you can figure it out before the big reveal. Read more

July 22, 2020

Collecting Community History Initiative: Juneteenth in Leimert Park, CA

African American Communities / Collection Initiative
By Kyrie Blackman, Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern for The Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative

In June of this year, the Autry launched its Collecting Community History Initiative:  BLM Protests in the West  and offered its solidarity ... Read more

July 20, 2020

A Chicano Artist Takes on COVID: Harry Gamboa Jr.

Collection Initiative
By Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Harry Gamboa Jr. (born 1951) is an essayist, photographer, director, and performance artist internationally recognized for the combination of activism and social critique that informs his work. An organizer of the East LA Walkouts of 1968 and founder of the avant-garde art collective ASCO (active 1972–1987), Gamboa considers the city streets to be his studio. Unlike most Angelenos however, Gamboa prefers to walk or use public... Read more

July 17, 2020

Roam From Home With Caroline Boeing Poole and Other Women Wanderers

Collections / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives
By Victoria Bernal, Women in the Archives Social Media Manager

I have a wonderful wild free feeling lurking within me, as we speed along! I want to get off at every station & go out into this country which I know so well.

—Caroline Boeing Poole writing about a train trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico (1930-1931)

Since many will “roam from home” during these summer months, we’re sharing a few pages from the 1930s travel diary of Caroline Boeing Poole (1882-1932) and other women travelers, which not only transport one... Read more

July 8, 2020

What Is This Object? Episode 1

Collections / What Is This

Hosted by Joe Horse Capture , the Autry's Vice President of Native Collections and the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture, this new video series is part "Kids Say the Darndest Things," part history lesson. Horse Capture takes objects from the Autry's collections and asks kids what they think it could be. Hilarity and cuteness ensues. At the end of the video, he turns it over to an Autry expert to explain the history behind the object. Test yourself and see if you can figure it out before the big reveal. Read more

July 7, 2020

In Memoriam: Ennio Morricone

By: Ben Fitzsimmons, Associate Director, Programs and Research, and Josh Garrett-Davis, Gamble Associate Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms

Ennio Morricone, who sadly passed away on July 6, scored over 400 films and television shows, but the Oscar-winning Italian composer is perhaps most famous for his collaboration with director Sergio Leone. Most film buffs can whistle the melody from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly , but we wanted to draw your attention to Leone's relatively unknown Giù la testa ( Duck, You Sucker! also known as... Read more

July 6, 2020

Tabletop Frontier: A Hand-Carved Model of a Mythic Old West Town

Collections

By: Josh Garrett-Davis, Gamble Associate Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms

In the video below, the Autry’s Chief Conservator, Richard Moll, shows off a model frontier town carved by cowboy artist Gene Hoback. This meticulous creation is on deck to make its debut at the Autry in our renovated popular culture exhibition in the Ted and Marian Craver Imagination Gallery . This core exhibition will explore how the West has been imagined in many types of media—... Read more

July 6, 2020

Yarnscape 6: How to Crochet a Red-tailed Hawk

DIY / Exhibitions

Have you had enough passive screen-time and want to make something with your hands, maybe learning a new skill in the process? Join us in contributing to a gallery display of Griffith Park in crochet, with the help of these how-to videos.  

As part of our exhibition Investigating Griffith Park we’re inviting the Autry community to make pieces to represent various aspects of the park, from nature to recreational activities, and mail them into the Autry (or drop them off in person once the... Read more