• Stand-Off at HWY #37

    It was a bit of cowboy swagger from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that drove Tuscarora playwright Vickie Ramirez to write her latest play, Stand-Off at HWY #37

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Calaca Collective Adds Artist Perspective to ¡Vivan los Muertos!

This year’s ¡Vivan los Muertos! celebration at the Autry on October 26 features Aztec feathered dancers, frosted sugar skulls, colorful folkloric costumes, offering-laden altars, and fancifully painted faces. In other words, the usual Day of the Dead stuff to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to ancestors and those who have passed. Except that this … Continue reading

A reading of the play "Stand-Off at HWY #37"

A Politician Mouths Off, and a Play Is Born

It was a bit of cowboy swagger from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that drove Tuscarora playwright Vickie Ramirez to write her latest play, Stand-Off at HWY #37, part of the First Look series being presented in the Autry’s Wells Fargo Theater Thursday at 7:30 p.m. In August 2010, Bloomberg inserted himself into a dispute … Continue reading

About That Mannequin in the Gallery . . .

By Patrick Fredrickson Associate Design Director There’s a lot that gets your attention in the Autry’s new Art of the West exhibition in the Irene Helen Jones Parks Gallery. There’s that gleaming 1948 Indian motorcycle with the fringe saddlebags. And those amazing giant Haida house posts with the animal faces carved into them. And then … Continue reading

The newlyweds in the Gathering Circle.

A Wedding Steeped in Tradition, History, and Hope

Wedding bells were ringing earlier this month at the Autry! On the evening of Saturday, August 17, Jackie Scahill and Powell Browne, surrounded by family and friends, exchanged marriage vows under the Council Tree in the Autry’s own Gathering Circle. That space has seen many kinds of ceremonies. This one was among the most recent … Continue reading

The Gamble Gallery in construction. The paneling on the walls is from a previous exhibit, the Backlot (Photo courtesy Julia Latane)

Designers Become Quick-Change Artists for Sustainability

By Patrick Fredrickson Associate Design Director, Autry National Center Museum exhibitions are custom-built environments, unique to a particular story. For that story to flow properly, the design department needs to build walls, cases, graphic panels, housing for media . . . all manner of furniture. I hate throwing all these pieces away when an exhibition … Continue reading

Tsuyouma, Joann Sakiestewa's grandson, with the rug while it was still being made (Photo courtesy Joann Sakiestewa)

The Detective Search for a Navajo Weaver With a Hopi Name

Jackson Clark is the owner of Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, Colorado, and he conducts the Autry’s yearly Navajo rug auction, which this year was held in June. We discovered this “detective” story in his newsletter, and reposted it here with his permission. By Jackson Clark Toh-Atin Gallery You can’t make this stuff up! Perhaps you … Continue reading

John Sonsini with his painting, "Christian and Francisco" at the Art of the West opening (Photo by Bonnie Perkinson)

John Sonsini, on Contributing to Art of the West: “I was absolutely flipped”

Artist John Sonsini talks about how he created a work specifically for the Autry’s new Art of the West exhibition.

Fred Weintraub was present for some of the most glamorous moments of 1970s and 1980s Hollywood. Hear about them this weekend. Read on.

Fred Weintraub on a Lifetime of “Failures”

By Madi Tsuji Hollywood legend and visionary filmmaker Fred Weintraub—the man who guided the careers of Hollywood heavy-hitters Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, and Neil Diamond—says his career has been about “going from failure to failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” Weintraub will speak about his book, Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me: From the … Continue reading

Barbara Bragg headshot #1

My Dad, Mr. Wyoming

Barbara Lee Bragg, descended from five generations of Wyoming pioneers, is a writer, actor, and producer who spent ten years in New York doing off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions before moving to Los Angeles in 1995 to work in film, TV, and commercials. She is the executive producer and creator of the independent TV series The … Continue reading

"Tales of the Old West," at the Autry April 3-6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

Tales of the Old West

Wade Graham is a landscape designer, historian, and writer based in Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D in American history and teaches urbanism and environmental policy at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is author of the book American Eden (2011), a look at the American psyche from the perspective of our … Continue reading