Oct 182013

Autry National Center / Anything L.A.

The Autry is a museum dedicated to bringing together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music, and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach.

The Autry was established in 1988 by Gene Autry (as “Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum”) to explore and share the comprehensive story of the American West and the multiple cultures, perspectives, traditions, and experiences–real and imagined–that make the West significant. Its Griffith Park collection includes 21,000 paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, firearms, tools, toys, musical instruments, and other objects. The museum presents thought-provoking contemporary and historical exhibitions, year-round programs for children, intellectual forums, and the acclaimed Native Voices at the Autry performing arts series. The museum is located in Griffith Park.

The Autry’s Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection of Native American art is one of the most significant and representative of its kind in the United States, second only to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian. The 238,000-piece collection includes 14,000 baskets, 10,000 ceramic items, 6,300 textiles and weavings, and more than 1,100 pieces of jewelry, representing Indigenous peoples from Alaska to South America, with an emphasis on cultures from California and the Southwestern United States.

The Autry Institute, which includes the collections of the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library, is a research and publishing enterprise that produces and supports scholarly work in Western history and the arts. In 2002, the Women of the West Museum of Colorado merged with the Institute, infusing the Autry’s focus with a scholarly and educational emphasis on gender issues and women’s experiences in the American West.

Museum and Store Hours

Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Open New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day
Crossroads West Cafe Hours

Tuesday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Autry Research Library Hours

Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. by appointment only. Please call 323.667.2000, ext. 349, or e-mail rroom@theautry.org.

Dec 182012




April 21, 2013–August 19, 2013
MOCA Grand Avenue
& The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA


About the Artist
Urs Fischer was born in 1973 in Zurich, Switzerland. Fischer studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich; visited de Ateliers, Amsterdam, ; was an artist in residence at Delfina Studio Trust; and has lived and worked in Zurich, London, Los Angeles, and New York. Fischer produces work in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has been exhibiting since 1995. His installations and sculptures have been included in group exhibitions and biennales internationally. Among the major exhibitions in which his work was included are: Manifesta 3 and the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2007, and 2011. His first major solo exhibition, “Kir Royal,” was at Kunsthaus Zurich in 2004 and other significant museum exhibitions include “Not My House Not My Fire,” Espace 315, Centre Pompidou (2004); “Mary Poppins,” Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the University of Houston, Texas (2006); Cockatoo Island, Kaldor Art Projects and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Sydney (2007); “Marguerite de Ponty,” New Museum, New York (2009–10); “Oscar the Grouch,” The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut (2010–11); “Skinny Sunrise,” Kunsthalle Wien (2012); and “Madame Fisscher,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012). His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including “Lustwarande 2011—Blemishes,” Park De Oude Warande, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2011); “L’invention de l’oeuvre: Rodin et les ambassadeurs,” Musée Rodin, Paris (2011); “Modern British Sculpture,” Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century,” New Museum, New York (2007–08); “Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection,” Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2007–08); and “Cinq milliards d’années,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006–07).