AirTalk for June 5, 2014

Autry Museum showcases the history and legacy of Route 66

Road sign, “66,” circa 1960s. Collection of Steve Rider

Route 66

Loan courtesy of the artist

Ed Ruscha, Dixie, Lupton, Arizona, 1962 (printed 2013).

Route 66

Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum

Arthur Rothstein, Landscape with House, 1936, gelatin silver print.

Route 66

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Jackson Pollock, Going West, circa 1934–35, oil on fiberboard. Gift of Thomas Hart Benton.

Route 66

Courtesy of Museum of Neon Art

“Western Motel” neon sign, circa 1950. Collection of the Museum of Neon Art.

A road marking of the historic Route 66

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A road marking of the historic Route 66 sign is seen painted on the street of the town of Kingman, on October 31, 2010.

There is no road in America quite like Route 66. The highway winds its way from Chicago to Los Angeles and captures an iconic piece of American history.

A new exhibit at The Autry museum, “Route 66: The Road and Romance,” explores the rise and fall of Route 66 and its powerful symbolism in American identity.

The exhibit opens on Sunday, June 8 and will run through January 4, 2015. Larry joins The Autry museum curator, Jeffrey Richardson with a preview of the show.


Jeffrey Richardson, museum curator, The Autry

Ben Fitzsimmons, Senior Manager, Programs and Public Events at Autry National Center

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