Gene Autry was a popular singing cowboy entertainer whose career spanned several decades and multiple industries. Capitalizing on his fame, Autry endorsed a variety of products during his lifetime, from guitars and cap guns to books and clothing.
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 Museum’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.
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.