Museum founder Gene Autry was “America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy,” and it was common for him to be seen on- and off-screen with a guitar. Autry played several guitars during his career, most notably those manufactured by Martin and Gibson.
Explore the history of the revolver that changed the balance of power in the American West. Featuring sixteen guns and related artifacts from a gift by Dennis A. LeVett, this new installation examines the revolutionary Paterson Colt and the role it played in the decisive 1844 clash between fifteen Texas Rangers and approximately eighty Comanches.
Millions of people around the world saw pop icon Michael Jackson’s elaborate costumes, but very few realized the Western influence in the design. The Autry National Center’s installation shows how Jackson’s use of Western wear evolved over the years, reflecting his ability to use classic Western styles in distinctive ways.
The Autry recently launched a program that encourages middle and high school students to create and showcase their own exhibitions at the museum and at sites throughout the city.
See the costumes worn by actors Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in the movie The Lone Ranger (2013). The special installation includes the full Lone Ranger and Tonto costumes, along with prop weapons, jewelry, headgear, and footwear.
Carlos Nieto III’s Cultura Nouveau won the 2015 High Five Art Contest, the Autry’s public art contest that encouraged artists to interpret the present-day American West.