Autry Museum of the American West

La Cena Salon Series: Traditions and Mainstream Culture


New Series!


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Thursday, Apr 18, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Autry in Griffith Park

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Autry Members: $40 • General Admission: $50


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Image: "Por Dios y Oro" (Detail) by Chaz Bojórquez, 1992.

Join us for an intimate evening with celebrated artists as we showcase and explore Latino arts and culture. Enjoy tapas, cocktails, and lively conversation in the new La Cena Salon series at the Autry. Reinventing the style of eighteenth-century European salons—with a Latino flair—the program will feature visual artist Chaz Bojórquez, Ozomatli lead singer Raul Pacheco, author/columnist Gustavo Arellano, producer/director Dan Guerrero, and actor Clifton Collins, Jr. discussing their creative work in the context of the evening’s theme, “Traditions and Mainstream Culture.” UCLA professor Abel Valenzuela, Jr. will introduce the evening’s program.

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.

Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please reserve your tickets by clicking above or calling 323.667.2000, ext. 326.

About the Artists


Chaz Bojórquez – As a child in the 1950s, Chaz Bojórquez was exposed to Mexican-American cholo-style graffiti in his East Los Angeles neighborhood. At that time, graffiti art was governed by a well-defined code and an ethic of allegiance. In 1968, Bojórquez enrolled in the Chouinard Art Institute and later studied Chinese calligraphy with Master Yun Chung Chiang, who studied under Pu Ju, brother of the last emperor of China. In 1975, Italian photographer Gusmano Cesaretti interviewed Bojórquez for Street Writers, a transcribed audio tour and book about East L.A. graffiti artists. Bojórquez spent the rest of the 1970s and early 1980s tagging in the streets, using his own hybrid style. His work is in permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others. In 2012 and 2013, Bojórquez was a featured artist in shows at Plaza De La Raza/Boathouse Gallery and the National Museum Of Mexican Art in Chicago, as well as the Orange County Museum of Art and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, where he participated in Mex/L.A. “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985, part of the area-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.

Gustavo Arellano
– Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of more than two million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007.


Clifton Collins, Jr.
– Clifton Collins, Jr. is one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents. He has starred in films that embrace both comedy and drama, including Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups (2013), Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi action thriller Pacific Rim (2013), and Taylor Hackford’s modern-day Robin Hood tale Parker (2013). Among many others, Collins starred in the Sundance hit Sunshine Cleaning (2009) and Traffic (2000). He portrayed convicted murderer Perry Smith in the Academy Award-nominated Capote (2005), for which he also received an Alma Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2010, Collins starred in the NBC drama.The Event. He received an Emmy nomination for his role in the mini-series Thief (2006) and has played recurring roles  in some of television’s highest-rated shows, including 24, The Shield, and Alias. He currently stars in the ABC drama series Red Widow. Collins has also directed several music videos.

Dan Guerrero
– Dan Guerrero began his entertainment career in New York as a theatrical agent for clients in the original casts of many Broadway musicals. In Los Angeles, he was a casting director for stage and television before turning his talents to producing and directing. Guerrero has produced diverse programs for network and cable television in English and Spanish, including talk shows and music specials for NBC, PBS, HBO, FOX, Univision, and Telemundo. He has produced and staged international arts and culture events at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, France. Among his credits are the opening ceremonies for the city-wide Artes de Mexico Festival, with more than 300 musical performers and costumed participants on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, and the Concerte Chicano et Tex Mex at the Cité de la Musique.


Raul Pacheco
– Raul Pacheco bills himself first as an East Los Angeles native Chicano and second as lead singer and guitar player for Ozomatli, the three-time Grammy-winning, culture-mashing musical group. Pacheco has performed in 47 countries, sometimes as a cultural ambassador for the United States, and has also been a composer for movie and TV soundtracks as well as video games. He regularly enjoys mixing politics with music.


Abel Valenzuela, Jr.
– Abel Valenzuela, Jr. is chair of the UCLA César E. Chávez Department for Chicana/o Studies and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Urban Planning. His research is primarily concerned with issues of minorities and immigrants in the United States, focusing on three related areas: immigration and labor markets; poverty and inequality; and immigrant settlement patterns. He is also the Chair of the University of California Committee on Latino Research. Recent publications include “On the Corner: Day Labor in the United States” (2006), a technical report authored with Nik Theodore, Edwin Melendez, and Ana Luz Gonzalez for the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty at UCLA, and Immigration and Crime: Ethnicity, Race, and Violence (2006), edited with Ramiro Martinez, Jr.


Promotional consideration made possible by Gran Centenario Tequila.


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