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Posts for: May, 2020

May 11, 2020

The Autry’s Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19

Collection Initiative / Collections / Community

By Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator

Several weeks ago, we launched our Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19 . Within that time, we have received a slew of submissions. This week’s blog post highlights the diversity of the masks across the West.

As states have required individuals to wear face masks in public, communities of all sorts are using their creativity to design their homemade facemasks to free-up other PPE masks for medical... Read more

May 11, 2020

Sheltering in Place: Photographs from the Autry Collection

Collections / Community

By Sarah Signorovitch (Registrar, Loans and Exhibitions) and Julia Tcharfas (Collections Cataloger)

Since mid-March the Autry Museum, like many other similar institutions, has been closed to visitors and non-essential staff as we follow California state and local directives and do our part to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Our local response in Los Angeles is called “Safer at Home” and, in addition to the extremely vital work of healthcare providers, allows for grocery stores, hardware stores and other businesses supplying essential services to stay... Read more

May 11, 2020

Eadweard Muybridge: Pioneer and Innovator


As part of a long-running partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), we are co-presenting a live stream screening of Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies on May 15, accompanied by a live score composed by Kite, an Oglala Lakota performance artist specializing in experimentation in new media and digital technologies.

If you are interested in how such events are developed and the thoughts behind them, we recently posted a... Read more

May 8, 2020

Leaving a Personal Legacy in the American West

Autry Campaign / Autry Legacy / Planned Giving

By Jenny Davidson-Goldbronn, Senior Director of Development

Snowdy Dodson is a long-time Autry supporter and a welcomed presence at the museum's unique exhibition openings, cultural activities, and special events, including American Indian Arts Marketplace and Masters Art Exhibition and Sale . Her many passions intersect at the Autry, including her appreciation for... Read more

May 8, 2020

The Webster Women: Mother & Daughter Kept Together Through the Archives

Collections / Library and Archives / Revealing Women in the Archives

By Victoria Bernal, Women in the Archives Social Media Manager; Caroline Sheehan, 2018-2019 Autry/Occidental College intern; and Liza Posas, Head of Research Services and Archives

On this Mother’s Day, we explore the archives of Edna Robb Webster, American author, poet, and historian of Mayan culture. Her archives were lovingly preserved by her daughter Marjorie Ellen Webster before she donated them to the Autry.

Edna travelled to Mexico’s Yucatan region in the early 20 th Century making her one of the first women explorers of are—which she vividly captured in photographs... Read more

May 8, 2020

Aloha Friday: Aloha Fashionistas

Aloha Friday

By: Carolyn Brucken, Chief Curator and Director of Research

Curators work on exhibitions for many years. Back in 2016 when Dress Codes was just getting started, I was first introduced to Aloha attire in an unexpected way, not through aloha shirts but by a donation of fashionable clothing offered to the Autry by the Assistance League of Los Angeles. The League generously invited me to visit their offices where they had gathered their entire collection. It was as I was working my way through racks of stylish garments that I found the trove included several Hawaiian print... Read more

May 6, 2020

Conversations Between Colleagues: Developing a Collaborative Program


As part of an institutional partnership between the Autry and LACMA, our programs team collaborated in 2019 with LACMA’s assistant curator of film on a variety of movie screenings, from new releases by contemporary Native filmmakers to a screening of Walker introduced by punk composer Zander Schloss.

Although both museums are currently closed to the public in response to COVID-19, programming has continued with a shift to online formats. For a behind-the-scenes peek at that process, we’ve included an email conversation between Adam Piron , LACMA’s... Read more

May 5, 2020

Exploring old Los Angeles with the Pico House Register, June 1870 – May 1872

Collections / Library and Archives

By Marva Felchlin, Former Director Autry Library and Archives; Cheryl Miller, Head Library Metadata and Discovery Services

Pio de Jesus Pico was born at Mission San Gabriel on May 5, 1801. The son of soldier José María Pico, Pio Pico was of mixed African, American Indian, and European heritage. He moved to San Diego in 1819, where he kept a small shop. Pico served in the Mexican government of Alta California in the 1830s and 1840s. He became governor of California in 1845, but his term ended abruptly when the United States annexed California in 1846. Pico fled to Mexico during the... Read more

May 1, 2020

Yarnscape 2: How to Crochet a Kite

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 museum re-opens, if... Read more

May 1, 2020

Aloha Friday: Ode to the Lava Shirt

Aloha Friday / Exhibitions

By: Amanda K. Wixon, Curatorial Intern

We bought this shirt at the famous Aloha stadium swap meet in Honolulu several years ago. For my family, this was somewhat unusual as not one of us had ever actually needed a new Aloha shirt. At our respective homes, we each had many Aloha shirts and dresses for all occasions—family parties, dinner parties, birthday parties, anniversary parties, reunions, retirement parties, weddings, and funerals. But in this case, the new Aloha shirt was for my youngest son, who was irresistibly drawn to its volcano and lava theme and very (very)... Read more