Pres­ti­gious Grant

The Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West re­ceives award from the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties.

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The Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Hu­man­i­ties, the in­de­pen­dent grant-mak­ing agency of the United States gov­ern­ment, has awarded the Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West a grant to­tal­ing $400,000 to re-en­vi­sion its cur­rent pop­u­lar cul­ture gallery as Imag­ined Wests, a new ex­hi­bi­tion de­signed to ex­pand pub­lic con­cep­tions of the Amer­i­can West in mass me­dia and the arts.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture hun­dreds of ob­jects from across the Autry’s col­lec­tions. It will open in the 5,000-square-foot space in the Ted and Mar­ian Craver Imag­i­na­tion Gallery. For 30 years the Imag­i­na­tion Gallery has fo­cused on how West­ern film has evolved as a re­sponse to so­cial and cul­tural changes tak­ing place through­out the 20th and 21st cen­turies.

“The new ex­hi­bi­tion will weave the his­toric Imag­i­na­tion Gallery spirit to­gether with new ideas and themes thor­oughly em­bed­ded in the 21st cen­tury,” says W. Richard West Jr. (South­ern Cheyenne), pres­i­dent and CEO of the Autry. “With the sup­port of the NEH, Imag­ined Wests will high­light the im­por­tant roles the many di­verse com­mu­ni­ties in the West have played, and con­tinue to play, in shap­ing the real and imag­ined West.”

The project di­rec­tor for Imag­ined Wests is Josh Gar­rett-davis, the Autry’s Gam­ble As­sis­tant Cu­ra­tor of West­ern His­tory, Pop­u­lar Cul­ture, and Firearms. “Imag­ined Wests will place our won­der­ful col­lec­tions around cow­boy Westerns in di­a­logue with many other, of­ten over­lap­ping, ‘imag­ined Wests’ in pop­u­lar cul­ture,” says Gar­rett-davis. “These in­clude the imag­ined South­west and Latin Amer­i­can bor­der­lands, ‘In­dian Coun­try’ as en­vi­sioned by both Na­tive and non-na­tive cre­ators, the sub­lime West­ern wilderness, and even the ur­ban and sub­ur­ban West. Not only film and tele­vi­sion, but mu­sic, fash­ion, ar­chi­tec­ture, lit­er­a­ture, and mu­se­ums them­selves have been— and re­main—places to imag­ine and re-imag­ine the West.”

Imag­ined Wests is ex­pected to open in the spring of 2021. For more in­for­ma­tion visit

A West­ern gallery in­side the Autry.

Mu­se­ums guests ex­am­ine art­work in one of the mu­seum’s gal­leries.

The Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West in Los An­ge­les.

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