Autry Not Expanding Anymore

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The south elevation of Levin's plan

Plans for a $175 million expansion project for The Autry National Center of the American West in LA’s Griffith Park have been shelved. The expansion was proposed for the Autry’s Southwest Museum of the American Indian (the Center’s other two cultural facilities include the Museum of the American West, and the Institute for the Study of the American West). But according to the LA Times, its  approval hinged on the Autry making a commitment to support the museum as a fully functioning art institution. And in a letter delivered to members of the Los Angeles City Council today, the Autry stated that such a commitment “would be irresponsible” and that it was withdrawing its proposal. As pointed out by Curbed LA, the Autry had put forward a contemporary-style proposal by architect Brenda Levin last spring, which would basically have doubled the museum’s size, from 142,000 square feet to 271,000 square feet, including exhibition and visible storage space for the collection.  To see a walkthrough of the plans with Levin, visit here. The Autry says it will still care for the Southwest’s Native American art collection and historic building, and that they will convert Autry storage space into more galleries.

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One Response to “Autry Not Expanding Anymore”

  1. Helen says:

    When the Autry and the Southwest Museum merged, in 2003, the Autry agreed to restore Los Angeles’ first museum. (The Southwest was build by Charles Lummis, the first editor of the LA Tiimes, an amazing character, and the person who actually put the collection of American Indian artifacts together.)

    The Autry management does not want to hold to that original agreement.

    Meanwhile, the city built a metro stop built for the museum — for the Gold Line and leases the land in Griffith Park to the Autry for $1 a year…..

    The Southwest Museum is unbelievably gorgeous, with beautiful grounds, and amazing views.

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