Is This a Western?

May 24, 2020

Is This a Western? (Episode 7): Arthouse Cinema

Is This a Western?

…In which our narrator tries to corral three high-concept suggestions from our series viewers. Read more

May 12, 2020

Is This a Western? (Episode 6): Harry Potter

Is This a Western?

A fifth-grade fan asks if Harry Potter qualifies as a Western, and Josh Garrett-Davis responds. Read more

April 28, 2020

Is This a Western? (Episode 5): The Mandalorian

Is This a Western?

Two viewers independently suggest The Mandalorian, and Josh Garrett-Davis has to call in backup: Star Wars fan and the Autry’s Associate Curator of Archaeology and Osteology, Karimah Richardson. Read more

April 20, 2020

Is this a Western? (Episode 4): Jurassic Park 

Is This a Western?

This week a college professor asks if the now-classic dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park is a Western. Read more

April 14, 2020

Is This a Western? (Episode 3) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Is This a Western?
This week Josh responds to a high school teacher who asks if Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a Western. Read more
April 6, 2020

Is this a Western? (Episode 2) Challenge: Frankenstein

Is This a Western?
Challenge: Frankenstein

The Autry’s media specialist, Anton Lieberman , suggested Frankenstein . Here’s how Josh responded: Read more

April 1, 2020

Is This a Western? Episode 1: The Challenge

Is This a Western?

If you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you’re a curator of Western history, popular culture, and firearms at the Autry, everything looks like a Western. Playing on his recent book, What Is a Western? Region, Genre, Imagination and the museum’s wide-ranging film series, Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis can take any film, song, book, or pop culture reference and explain how it loosely relates to the mythology of the American West. We invite you to... Read more