On the Road, At the Autry

Photo Credit: route66.theautry.org

The Autry Museum in Los Feliz will be featuring an exhibition on pop culture touchstone and the motorist’s gateway to the rest of America, Route 66, called “Route 66: The Road and the Romance.”The five hour exhibition taking place Tuesdays to Sundays and which continues through Jan. 4, 2015 will be a testament to the culture that has grown from the 2,400 mile highway that took generations of Americans cross-country, stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The exhibit will feature the famous crest still in use as the road’s sigil; the Jack Kerouac original “scroll” from his quintessential road work On the Road; a 1960 Corvette, Woody Gutherie’s guitar, a handwritten description of the highway from the manuscript for The Grapes of Wrath, Jackson Pollak and Ed Ruscha paintings that contributed to the cultural identity of the road, and a neon sign that firmly places the attendee on one of these iconic road trips.

In a guided history of the road, the Autry takes us through the times it has lived through. First laid in 1926, the storied road lived through the trials and emotions of families forced on the road by the Great Depression, and finally rendered obsolete by the Interstate Highway System. “Route 66: The Road and the Romance” is a road map of how the highway became the canvas upon which striving, suffering and spirit-filled Americans painted their dreams during the American Century of the latter half of the 1900s.

-Patrick Pagan

Kerouac’s “On The Road” Scroll

Neon Sign

Ed Ruscha work

Woody Guthrie’s guitar

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