Monthly Archives: December 2010

Conserving the Perishable Parts of Native American Heritage

Gencay-Ustun describes how she used "reeds" made of delicate paper to restore the edge of a basket (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Gencay-Ustun describes how she used "reeds" made of delicate paper to restore the edge of a basket (Photo by Tessie Borden)
When the Autry National Center was created in 2003, staffers immediately began working to conserve the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, one of its original component institutions. It’s a task they should finish by 2013. Why so long? Well, the threats the collection faces are legion. Age, of course, is an adversary, but … Continue reading Conserving the Perishable Parts of Native American Heritage

The “G” Shall Not Be Jellified!

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Part of a series: Diamonds In The Rough Through a grant-​funded project awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the Autry sets out to process approximately 2,000 linear feet of archival material over the next two years. Every third week of the month, the Autry Libraries blog will feature collection gems brought to light by NHPRC … Continue reading The “G” Shall Not Be Jellified!

Los Angeles Muralists React to MOCA Controversy

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Since the September opening of Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied, which spotlights a 1932 Los Angeles mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros that was ordered whitewashed, the Autry has held panel discussions, art activities and public events to highlight discussions around the censorship of public art. But the censorship was assumed to be in … Continue reading Los Angeles Muralists React to MOCA Controversy

Showing Some HeArt for the Arts in High Schools

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Most art exhibitions are shows that stay on view for at least several weeks. But on Dec. 8, the Autry hosted a one-​day lightning exhibition in its Heritage Court of art by students from The HeArt Project. In museum time, one day is the blink of an eye. But the impression on the students often is … Continue reading Showing Some HeArt for the Arts in High Schools

A Showcase for Native American Art — by Kids!

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In keeping with the Autry’s apparent mission to turn little-​used spaces into destinations within the museum, the Overlook Gallery, a covered balcony directly above the Trails West activity area, is now Our West, a space dedicated to showcasing art by Southern California students. Collectors, by the way, are welcome. Right now, Our West is showing art works … Continue reading A Showcase for Native American Art — by Kids!

International Bonanza

A Cartwright for every woman
A Cartwright for every woman
Part of a Series: Exploring Highlights from the David Dortort Archive The Autry National Center’s Institute for the Study of the American West is currently processing the donated papers of novelist, screenwriter, and producer David Dortort. Every 1st Tuesday of the month the Autry Libraries blog will feature highlights from the collection in anticipation of processing … Continue reading International Bonanza

Siqueiros in His Native Language

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Given all the hoopla this year in Los Angeles over the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, and especially at the Autry with the exhibition that focuses on his time in this city, it was only a matter of time before staffers would consider offering tours in Spanish, the artist’s native language. On Dec. 2, 42 students … Continue reading Siqueiros in His Native Language

Native Voices on the Web

Image from www​.cee​-mail​.com In this booming age of digital technology when the answer to anything and everything is at your fingertips, it can become a bit daunting to know where the definitive answer lies. Nowadays, companies have multiple websites for multiple purposes and, when one only needs a single answer, searching through all those sites can be … Continue reading Native Voices on the Web