Collection Initiative

October 13, 2020

CCHI: Electoral Politics in the West

Collection Initiative / Collections / Community
By Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator of Western History

This April, the Autry launched our Collecting Community History Initiative (CCHI) to respond to the growing desire to collect the diverse stories and objects about the American West during this epidemic. Since then, we have launched two iterations, The West During COVID-19 and... 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

June 12, 2020

The Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative: Black Lives Matter Protests in the West

Collection Initiative / Collections

Images from the Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protests following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery. Images taken by Rob Liggins in Hollywood, CA., Compton, CA., and Downtown Los Angeles, CA. in May/June 2020.

By: Tyree Boyd-Pates, Assoc. Curator of Western History

Several months ago, the Autry launched our Collecting Community History Initiative (CCHI): The West During COVID-19 as a response to the growing desire to collect the diverse stories and objects that pertain to the... Read more

May 26, 2020

The Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19 Family Photos

Collection Initiative

By: Tyree Boyd-Pates, Assoc. Curator of the Western History

Last week, our Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19 highlighted a diverse and cultural array of Face Masks submissions that we've received from across the West. Similarly this week's blog post highlights the diversity of family photography across the West during COVID-19.

Across the West, shelter-in-place orders have been placed, causing significant interruptions to how families—and their routines—operate. Considerate of those families, we wanted to offer glimpses into how families are... Read more

May 11, 2020

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

Collection Initiative / Collections

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

April 29, 2020

Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19

Collection Initiative / Collections
Focus: A preservation initiative to assist communities across the American West on saving and protecting objects of meaning.

By: Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator of Western History

The Autry Museum of the American West is helping communities across the West identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting April 27, the Autry is launching its Collecting Community History: A Regional Collections Initiative of Exploration and Preservation . It is the first in a series of efforts to... Read more