The arts “get to us” in so many different ways. There may be something about the turbulence of the past week, a time of saber-rattling, that has particularly touch our nation at the passing away of a gentle spirit named Glen Campbell. Here in Los Angeles, the Autry Museum of the American West issued a special note in memorium, as they had a valued relationship with the cowboy singer.
At the Autry, we remember Glen for his kindness and generosity. He performed at six Autry Galas: 1988, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2004, and 2007. In 2004, he received the Autry’s Humanities Prize in honor of his work and accomplishments, which have profoundly enriched our understanding of the American West.
The widow of Gene Autry, whose Western art and memorabilia form the core collection of the Museum, had a special message about Campbell. Said Jackie Autry, Founding Chair of the Autry’s Board of Trustees:
“Gene and I cherished our friendship with Glen. He was also a dear friend of the Autry Museum and a gifted artist who graced this world with his beautiful music. I will always hold him close to my heart.”