April 27, 2013 |
Recruiting a new leader for a big museum can take months - sometimes more than a year - involving search committees, consultants and rounds of interviews and negotiations. In the case of the Autry National Center of the American West, finding its fourth chief executive since opening 25 years ago was a much simpler affair. The biggest challenge was for board chair Marshall McKay, tired from a 12-hour day of meetings, to muster the energy to rush through a hotel corridor in Portland, Ore., catch up with the man he'd pegged as the Autry's next leader, and make him a proposal from out of the blue.
June 6, 2013 |
Just about a year ago, author Craig Johnson was riding high. The premiere of "Longmire," the A&E TV series based on his Walt Longmire mystery novels, was the highest rated scripted drama in the network's history and he had just started his book tour for "As the Crow Flies," the eighth book in the series. He had stopped at a diner in Red Lodge, Mont., and as he was paying the cashier for his meal, he noticed an older woman staring at his hat -- a cap bearing the logo of his fictional Absaroka County Sheriff's Department.
December 15, 2009 |
Say the words "gay cowboy" and chances are the conversation will turn to "Brokeback Mountain," the 2005 film starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, and based on the Annie Proulx short story. The Oscar-winning drama, which is set in the 1960s to '80s, highlighted a long-submerged facet of frontier culture. But as a new series at the Autry National Center shows, the presence of homosexuals and transgender individuals in the American West is much older than the movie might lead you to think.
May 20, 2012
'Howard Terpning: Tribute to the Plains People' Where: Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through July 1. Tickets: $10 or $4-$6 for children, students and seniors. Information: (323) 667-2000. Theautry.org
May 13, 2012 |
The pace is picking up on the massive conservation project in process at the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington. The end is almost in sight: Only 36,000 objects to go! In 2003, when the poverty-stricken institution merged with the more affluent Museum of the American West under the umbrella of the Autry National Center in Griffith Park, the first priority was to save the Southwest's collection of about 250,000 Native American artworks and artifacts. Second only to the holdings of the National Museum of the American Indian inWashington, D.C., the collection had been inadequately housed for decades and further damaged by earthquakes, water and insects.
March 31, 2007 |
Architect Brenda Levin, a Los Angeles-based specialist in historic preservation and adaptive re-use of cultural facilities who recently transformed Griffith Observatory, has been selected as the design architect for the expansion and modernization of the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The project will accommodate the vast collection of Native American artifacts compiled by the Southwest Museum, which merged with the Autry in 2003.
September 25, 2012 |
Here's something to do while waiting out Carmageddon II this weekend: Get a serious culture fix - for free. Selected museums across the country will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of Museum Day Live. The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and other venues in Southern California will participate in the free day. The deal: Smithsonian magazine hosts this event each year to encourage people to revisit their favorite museum or learn about a new one in their area.