Autry Museum of the American West

Artist Talk and Fashion Launch Event: Virgil Ortiz

A Program of the ART OF THE WEST Exhibition


Date / Time:

Saturday, Jun 15, 2013, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


The Autry in Griffith Park

Appropriate For:



Free Admission


Space is limited. Reservations recommended: 323.667.2000, ext. 228 or e-mail

“I have something very important to do before I go. I want to preserve my culture and inspire our youth to accomplish whatever it is they dream to be.”—Virgil Ortiz


Artist Virgil Ortiz, the youngest of six children, grew up in New Mexico in a family of Cochiti Pueblo potters in which telling stories, collecting clay, gathering wild plants, and producing figurative pottery all were part of everyday life. Ortiz now holds a preeminent place among contemporary Native American artists and fashion designers. His bold graphic images capture the essence of high fashion, and his innovative and inspiring clay works all bear the signature marks inspired by his stylized ceramic imagery.

Ortiz will speak about his art and inspiration at the Wells-Fargo theatre, then celebrate the Los Angeles launch of his fashion line of fine leather garments, select handbags, and scarves at an informal reception at the Autry Store. The Store will also have a selection of his clay and graphic art works for sale.

Below, Virgil Ortiz talks about his work with the French Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain:





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