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The Autry museum aims for the bigger picture in its gun displays
The Autry museum aims for the bigger picture in its gun displays

Playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that a gun should never be displayed onstage without a reason. If it is seen in the first act, he advised, it ought to go off by the third. In other words, writers should not clutter a narrative with distractions that don't lead anywhere. But in recent years historians and exhibitions staff at the Autry National Center of the American West have asked themselves whether the Griffith Park museum's gun displays met a test comparable to the one posed by the great Russian dramatist. The Autry deals with the history, landscape and culture of the West, including exhibits about the frontier days and their depiction on film and television. ...

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