Compton Cowboys: Blackness in Los Angeles
Conversation with Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator of Western History & Walter Thompson-Hernandez, author of The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Heartland
Saturday, July 25, 11:00 a.m.
In a private salon, author and journalist of The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Heartland, Walter Thompson-Hernandez, and Associate Curator of Western History, Tyree Boyd-Pates, discussed Thompson-Hernandez's acclaimed work and the history of Blackness in Los Angeles—past and present. The two go over the historical legacy of the African American experience in the West, while Thompson-Hernandez offers nuances to the complexity of identity for youth in Los Angeles's urban centers.
In-Studio Artist Conversation with artist Michael Scott, and Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts.
Michael Scott from his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Perhaps no artistic approach to fire captures the range of cultural and environmental (not to mention) complexities and meaning of fire than his fire-themed paintings from his Preternatural series. Scott’s fire series offers a unique opportunity to educate Autry audiences about the historical, cultural, and dangerous aspects of fire, and how to better manage and appreciate it as an environmental force of both surreal beauty and immense power.
Artist Salon with Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla Band of Indians) and Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Art
Amy Scott and Artist and Sculptor Gerald Clarke from his ranch on the Cahuilla Band of Indians Reservation. Featured in the Autry’s upcoming exhibition When I Remember, I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California. Clarke will discuss the seminal role of California as an artistic hub and source of inspiration for both major talents, stylistic movements, and political themes prominent within Native art today.
Topic: Reimagining Western, Native American, and California Stories through Art
Conversation with artist Lewis deSoto (Cahuilla) and Josh Garrett-Davis, Gamble Associate Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms
Autry curator Josh Garrett-Davis speaks with Lewis deSoto about his works included in this fall’s exhibition When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, as well as his monumental piece Cahuilla (2006), a transformed 1980s pickup truck that will serve as an anchor in the future core exhibition Imagined Wests, located in the Ted and Marian Craver Imagination Gallery. The discussion will include a sneak preview of that exhibition-in-development about popular culture storytelling of the American West.
Topic: Artist Salon with Summer F. Peters (Saginaw Chippewa) and Joe Horse Capture, Vice President of Native Collections & the Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture
Description: Joe Horse Capture and artist Summer F. Peters will be in conversation and present an in-depth look at her works. Summer uses traditional Ojibwe artistic beadwork to create stunning contemporary pieces.