Explore Western History at the Autry Museum
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The Autry is a museum 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.
Current exhibits include:
New Acquisitions Featuring the Kaufman Collection
Closes July 9, 2017
Every work of art has a story to tell. Inspired by the gift of 49 paintings and sculptures from the collection of Loretta and Victor Kaufman, this exhibition highlights recent additions to the Autry’s growing art collections. Discover a powerful selection of works representing diverse peoples and perspectives, including bronzes by Frederic Remington and Allan Houser, paintings by Rick Bartow and Eanger Irving Couse, lithographs by Fritz Scholder, watercolors by David Einstein, and others that reveal a set of dynamic visions of the American West.
Throughout the exhibition, artworks are organized by theme and set alongside statements drawn from individuals, artists, and historic documents that describe aspects of experience and identity in the American West. As these words support, challenge, or complicate the artworks on view, when read together they suggest that a work of art—like any form of representation—does not always tell the whole story.
California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection
Closes August 6th, 2017
The story of the Gardena High School art collection is an enduring example of the power of art to rally a community and to shape people’s lives. Each year between 1919 and 1956, Gardena High School seniors collaborated to select and purchase contemporary art that they gifted to the school upon graduation. Thanks to their efforts, Gardena High School now possesses a museum-worthy collection of California Impressionist paintings, including works by some of the state’s most celebrated artists of the early twentieth century.
California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection features a selection of nine paintings from the collection, including major works by notable artists such as Maynard Dixon, Jean Mannheim, and Edgar Payne. The paintings on view reflect the state’s scenic diversity as well as the vitality of Gardena High School’s program and the Impressionist movement that once flourished here.