The Autry Presents: The Best of Los Angeles Featuring Aubrie Sellers

The Autry Presents: The Best of Los Angeles will stream a performance by Aubrie Sellers on Thursday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Sellers is described as “film in a digital world.” She’s gritty, she’s emotive, she’s country, she’s rock 'n roll, and she’s unabashedly herself. This performance was filmed live at the Autry. 


Aubrie Sellers - The Autry Presents: The Best of Los Angeles

About the Featured Objects

Stock/Parade saddle, California, 1896-1903; Maker unknown, Tooling by Mike Morales, circa 1925. Donated by the Sepúlveda Family
Jacket and Sash worn by José Santos Sepúlveda, wool and silk; Los Angeles County Mounted Posse, circa 1935. Donated by Mr. Charles M. Feliz
Parade ribbon, Native Sons of the Golden West, Ramona Chapter, La Fiesta de Los Angeles 1931; Parade ribbon, La Fiesta de Las Flores, 1906; Parade ribbon, Vaquero Club, 1910; Jose Santos Sepúlveda wore these ribbons in various parades from 1906 to 1931. Donated by Mr. Charles M. Feliz
Dance dress, Ruiz Family, Circa 1925, taffeta and velvet; This dress was made for Minnie Nevius Ruiz, the mother of Gabriel Eulogios Ruiz; Shawl, California, circa 1923, silk; This elaborately embroidered shawl, used by the Ruiz California Dancers, was also featured in the 1923 silent film The Bright Shawl, shot in Cuba; Dance suit and sash, California, circa 1925, wool, silk, metallic trim ; Hat, California, early 19th century, felt; A member of the Ruiz California Dancers performed in this suit, and Gabriel Ruiz himself looked jaunty in the black hat. Ruiz California Dancers objects and photographs donated by Barbara Schade and Jacqueline Blew in memory of their father Gabriel Eulogios Ruiz
The Chicken Pull, by Alexander Francis Harmer, oil on canvas, circa 1906-1910; Acquisition made possible in part by David and Helen Laird, 98.56.1

About the Exhibit

By the end of the nineteenth century, the glory days of California’s ranches were over. Very few of the old families retained their ranch lands or political power. Yet as America became more urbanized and industrial, many Americans felt nostalgic for what they perceived as a simpler, more pastoral time. Southern Californians responded by celebrating the region’s “Spanish” past as a happy, gracious, and carefree time. Californios (Spanish Californians) of the old elites eagerly revived their culture as a romantic ideal. During the early twentieth century, they helped organize parades, pageants, and fiestas; re-created Mexican music and dance; and demonstrated vaquero skills on richly decorated horses.

In the early twentieth century, José Santos Sepúlveda combined two family legacies – horseback riding and government service – to become a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse. He continued to pass on his family’s cultural heritage in organizations like the Vaquero Club, the Native Sons of the Golden West, and the “Out West” Club. The Sepúlveda family traces its history in California back to Francisco Xavier Sepúlveda, a soldier from the Mexican province of Sinaloa. Francisco and his family helped to found Los Angeles in 1781. The family later became one of the biggest landowners in California and its members held many important government offices in the early nineteenth century.

In 1925, Gabriel Eulogios Ruiz founded the Ruiz California Dancers in Los Angeles. In the early 1920s, Gabriel learned the old Californio dances from his aunt. The Ruiz California Dancers group was made up of eight couples, most descended from Californio families. The group stayed together in various forms into the 1980s. They performed at the missions and the Avila Adobe on Olvera Street for La Fiesta de Los Angeles and at the Southwest Museum’s Fiesta de la Cruz at the Casa de Adobe.

About the Series

Produced by Gia Hughes and filmed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Austin Straub, The Autry Presents: The Best of Los Angeles features 20+ minute sets by various L.A.-based artists. The musicians will perform alongside artwork and objects on display at the Autry including Bridges by James Doolin, War Music II by Mateo Romero, a Concord mail stagecoach, and many others.