Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West

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4700 W. Her­itage Way, Los An­ge­les, CA 90027, (323) 667-2000

The Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West’s Art of the West is the first ma­jor core ex­hi­bi­tion within a West­ern art mu­seum to fully in­te­grate artis­tic per­spec­tives from Na­tive, His­panic and Euro-amer­i­can artists across his­tor­i­cal eras in a di­a­logue about some of the ma­jor forces that have shaped the West. Fea­tur­ing sev­eral large-scale, mon­u­men­tal works such as Alaskan totem poles, a con­tem­po­rary cru­ci­fix and a 1948 In­dian Load­mas­ter as well as Thomas Mo­ran’s mas­ter­work, Moun­tain of the Holy Cross, the gallery blends dif­fer­ent me­dia, tex­tures, col­ors and cul­tures. It also in­cludes many of the stan­dard-bear­ers of West­ern Amer­i­can art, such as Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton and May­nard Dixon, but blends their work with con­tem­po­rary artists in­clud­ing those from LA and Na­tive Amer­ica, such as John Son­sini, James Doolin and Rose B. Simp­son. A no­table re­cent ad­di­tion to the gallery in­cludes Simp­son’s mon­u­men­tal sculp­ture Ground.

The Autry’s up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion Dress Codes & China Poblano will de­con­struct some of the sta­ple items in its clos­ets: plaid shirts, jeans and, of course, boots. Many of these items have a long and rich his­tory, from their func­tional ori­gins to the way the gar­ments have been adapted and ap­pro­pri­ated by dif­fer­ent groups for a fas­ci­nat­ing va­ri­ety of cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal state­ments.

The Masters of the Amer­i­can West each Fe­bru­ary is al­ways a high­light. This year the Autry wel­comes some ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tions in­clud­ing Grant Red­den, Steve Kestrel and sis­ters Au­tumn Borts-med­lock and Tammy Gar­cia. The mu­seum has also made a num­ber of changes to the for­mat of the event, de­signed to in­fuse the Masters with a lit­tle more ex­cite­ment.

An in­door view of the gallery at the Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West.

Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West, Moun­tain of the Holy Cross, 1875, oil on can­vas, by Thomas Mo­ran (1837-1926).

An in­stal­la­tion view of Rose B. Simp­son’s Wit­ness, 2016, ce­ramic and mixed me­dia.

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