Autry Museum of the American West

LA CENA SALON Series: Religion & Ritual SOLD OUT



Date / Time:

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Autry in Griffith Park


$75 for Autry Members, $85 for Nonmembers.

This new series brings together Latino artists, authors, entertainers, and academics for tapas, cocktails, and conversation. The first salon features visual artist Patssi Valdez, author Reyna Grande, actors Ricardo Salinas and Miguel Sandoval, and UCR professor Jennifer Hughes.

Join us for an intimate evening with celebrated artists as we showcase and explore Latino arts and culture at the new La Cena Salon series, featuring a visual artist, along with guest authors, actors, musicians, and scholars, in a lively conversation in the style of eighteenth-century European salons — with a Latin flair.. The evening will have the feel of a cocktail party with tapas-style buffet supper and visits with guest artists in the galleries, followed by coffee, dessert, and conversation.

The series explores universal themes that have influenced and shaped artistic vision within Latino communities and reveals how artistic expression helps shape our shared future. The first La Cena Salon, Religion and Ritual, explores how the spiritual realm and its representations in religion have influenced Latino life and art through the centuries.

The La Cena Salon series continues in 2013. For more information, please call (323) 667-2000 x271.

Guest Artists


Patssi Valdez is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based artist who was named “Latina of Excellence in the Cultural Arts” by the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Her work is in several major collections, including the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; the Tucson Museum of Art (AZ); the San Jose Museum of Art (CA); the El Paso Museum of Art (TX); and the Sheldon Museum of Art (NE).


Reyna Grande is the author of the new memoir, The Distance Between Us, and two novels, including Across a Hundred Mountains, which drew heavily upon her experiences growing up in Mexico and arriving illegally in the United States as a child. It received an American Book Award and the El Premio Aztlan Literary Award. She has also written Dancing with Butterflies, winner of a 2010 International Latino Book Award.


Jennifer Hughes is associate professor of Latin American and Latino religions at UC Riverside. She wrote Biography of a Mexican Crucifix: Lived Religion and Local Faith from the Conquest to the Present, a history of Mexicans' devotion to artistic images of the suffering Christ. Current projects include an investigation of the effect of epidemics on New World Christianity and an exploration of novel religious devotions such as "narco-religion".


Ricardo Salinas is a Salvadoran-born theatre artist, writer, activist, and comedian who arrived in San Francisco as a child, grew up in the Mission district, and in1984 performed in a one-off Cinco de Mayo show that evolved into Culture Clash, a juggernaut of political and social satire on stage, television and film. He recently finished a successful run in his hometown as the lead in the play Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo.


Miguel Sandoval is an American actor whose film credits include Clear and Present Danger, Jurassic Park, Do the Right Thing and Get Shorty. He began his acting career in New Mexico as a mime and later founded an acting troupe of inmates at the New Mexico State Penitentiary. It eventually presented productions of Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Endgame for the inmate population and general public. Sandoval recently completed seven seasons on the television show Medium, as an actor and director.




Patssi Valdez, The Glass (self-portrait), 1990, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.


4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 Phone: 323.667.2000

© 2016 Autry Museum of the American West. All rights reserved.