June 22, 2011 |
With a $6.6-million construction grant at stake, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday endorsed the Autry National Center of the American West's plan to reconfigure galleries at its museum in Griffith Park, creating permanent displays of Native American artifacts. The proposal, which would be routine for most other museums, became contentious last month because it dovetails with the larger, longstanding question of whether turning the Griffith Park site into a home for the Autry's Native American collection spells the end of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington.
June 4, 2011 |
The long-running controversy over the Autry National Center of the American West's stewardship of the Southwest Museum may be coming to a head, with a $6.6-million price tag now attached to the question that city officials have pondered for years: Is the Autry legally obligated to run the Southwest as well as its main site in Griffith Park? The main development in a wide-ranging but inconclusive hearing Friday before the City Council's Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee was Autry leaders' contention that if the question isn't settled in their favor by July 12, the Autry may forfeit a $6.6-million state grant that it needs to renovate two galleries in Griffith Park.
June 1, 2011 |
Should city approval of the Autry National Center's plans to install Native American galleries in its main museum in Griffith Park depend on the Autry addressing the future of its subsidiary venue, the venerable but problematic Southwest Museum in Mount Washington? That's a question that could be debated for a second consecutive summer following the Los Angeles City Council's vote Tuesday to take jurisdiction over the Autry's $8-million plan to convert two Griffith Park galleries into permanent exhibits on traditional Native American art and culture.
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February 20, 2011 |
Today, if you wanted to rub shoulders with prominent thinkers, writers and entertainers, you'd probably try to wangle an invitation to one of Arianna Huffington's salons at her Brentwood mansion. In the early 1900s, however, you'd head to the home of Charles Fletcher Lummis in what is now Highland Park. Lummis, a prolific writer, champion of the Southwest and, for a while, Los Angeles' head librarian, played host to some of the biggest movers and shakers of his time, including humorist Will Rogers, naturalist John Muir, attorney Clarence Darrow and composer John Philip Sousa.
December 11, 2010 |
The Autry National Center of the American West took a step this week that underscores its oft-stated mission to tell the whole story of the West: Marshall McKay, chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Northern California will chair its board of trustees for the next two years, the first Native American to hold the top board post in the museum's 22-year history. "It's a double honor to have this bestowed on me," said McKay. "To come into this position is outstanding for a Native American.
March 8, 2010 |
John L. Gray, who transformed a museum devoted to the legacy of film and recording star Gene Autry into an intercultural history center with a broad view of the term "Westerner," will announce his retirement Tuesday as president of the Autry National Center of the American West. Opened in 1988 as the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, the institution evolved over Gray's 11-year tenure into the Museum of the American West and merged with the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in 2003.
January 10, 2010 |
When June Pardue got the call at her home in Sutton, Alaska, her response wasn't yes or no. It was: "How did you find me?" For Carol Emarthle-Douglas, who lives in suburban Seattle, the question was how to fit the invitation into her schedule. But one by one, 13 American Indian basket weavers -- in Arizona, Nevada, California, Michigan, Louisiana and beyond -- were tracked down by Los Angeles' Southwest Museum#23lummis and enlisted as consultants for "The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition," a revealing exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park.
December 18, 2009 |
The only part of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian regularly open to the public -- the museum store that had weekend hours only -- will close next month when its space is taken over by a conservation project. The decision by the Autry National Center of the American West, which runs the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington and the larger Museum of the American West in Griffith Park, to virtually suspend public operations for an estimated three years immediately inflamed the already heated suspicions of some Southwest Museum supporters.
August 12, 2009 |
In a move that concedes a measure of victory to long-term opponents, the Autry National Center has bowed out of a protracted battle for a $175-million expansion of its facility in Griffith Park. City approval of the plan hinged on a recent demand for the Autry to make a legally binding commitment to support the Southwest Museum, located in Mount Washington, as a fully functioning art institution in perpetuity. In a letter delivered to members of the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday, the Autry stated that such a commitment would be irresponsible and that it is withdrawing its proposal.
July 5, 2009 |
What was Charles Fletcher Lummis thinking? The founder of the Southwest Museum and first city editor of the Los Angeles Times -- who worked closely with architects Sumner Hunt and Silas Burns as they planned the museum's eccentric Mission Revival building on Mt. Washington -- probably loved the breathtaking views from the tower.