The Autry National Center Receives a Major Collection of Work by Theo Westenberger


LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Autry National Center announced it has received the gift of a comprehensive collection of more than 9,500 photographs along with thousands of negatives, transparencies, contact sheets, and studio materials from the estate of trailblazing feminist photographer Theo Westenberger (1950–2008), whose versatility in portraiture and travel images made her a leading magazine and advertising photographer and a respected artist. In keeping with its mission to explore the experiences and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, the Autry will create the Theo Westenberger Archive to honor and build on the legacy of this important woman artist from the West. Plans for the archive include exhibitions, digitization of the collection to create online databases, licensing of the artist’s most iconic works, and the establishment of a series of programs and awards around the Westenberger name and coll