A new partnership between the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Autry Museum of the American West, also in Los Angeles, will focus on making artistic and cultural connections across the Americas through both traditional and contemporary media.
“The idea is to treat our collections as one, and for our curators to work together accordingly,” said LACMA director and CEO Michael Govan. The collaboration marks the first time the Los Angeles institutions have combined resources. Both museums expressed their hope that the relationship will lead to the development of exhibition content surrounding the American West and indigenous cultures.
Commenting on the initiative, W. Richard West, the president and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West, said, “Gone is the era when museums could stand alone, separate and apart from each other. Los Angeles is increasingly making a mark for itself both on the strength of its cultural institutions, as well as the degree to which these institutions foster sharing and collaboration. Our partnership, we believe, is an important evolutionary step in that progression.”
Govan and West will host a free conversation on January 9 at LACMA’s Bing Theater to discuss both the partnership and the future of museums.