Explore Western History at the Autry National Center
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The last date listed for Autry National Center Admission was Good for Any Date Through January 6, 2013.
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The Autry is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. The Autry Institute includes two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services, and publications are designed to examine the contemporary human condition through the lens of the historical Western experience and explore critical issues in society.
Cutrrent exhibits include:
*California’s Designing Women, 1896–1986 *
Closes January 6, 2013
This unprecedented exhibition honors 46 female designers who, influenced by California’s unique confluence of cultures, contributed to American design by using the newest styles, materials, and technologies of their time. Ray Eames, Judith Hendler, April Greiman, Greta Magnusson Grossman, they’re all here, in designs from decorative pottery to jewelry worn by actress Joan Collins to Barbie doll clothes to graphics in magazines and on office building walls. Spanning almost a century and covering almost every major twentieth century design movement, including Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and even computer-assisted design, the exhibition honors more than 40 female California designers who helped shape the famously relaxed, fun-loving and color-infused California look.
*Katsina in Hopi Life *
Closes December 1, 2013
Featuring remarkable Katsina dolls from the Autry’s Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, this exhibition provides a glimpse into Hopi life and culture. Katsinam (the plural form of Katsina) are spiritual beings who represent all aspects of life and travel to be with the Hopi people six months of the year. Told from the Hopi perspective, this exhibition shares the unique relationship the Hopi people have with the Katsinam, focusing on the values, lessons, and encouraging messages learned from them.