Autry Museum of the American West

La Cena Salon Series: The Urban Landscape


A Program of the ART OF THE WEST Exhibition


Date / Time:

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Autry in Griffith Park

Appropriate For:



$40 Autry Members / $50 Nonmembers


Limited Seating / Reservations Required.
Call 323.667.2000, ext. 380


Enjoy an intimate evening with celebrated artists as we showcase and explore Latino arts and culture with lively conversation, tapas, and cocktails. Reinventing the style of eighteenth-century European salons—with a Latino flair—the program will feature punk musician and feminist Alicia “Alice Bag” Armendariz; UCLA professor of Chicana/o Studies Eric Avila; playwright and author Josefina Lopez; director and actor Richard Montoya; and artist John Valadez, whose work is included in the Autry’s 25th anniversary exhibition Art of the West. Together, we’ll explore the urban landscape and Los Angeles as a studio, stage, and home to many of the original galleries, collectives, and murals of el movimiento Chicano.

About the Participants:

Alicia “Alice Bag” Armendariz
Alice Bag was the lead singer of the Bags, the first female-fronted punk band to play the Masque during the West Coast punk revolution of 1977. Her new book, Violence Girl: From East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage is the story of her upbringing in East L.A., her eventual migration to Hollywood, and the euphoria and aftermath of the first punk wave.Violence Girl describes how her experience with domestic abuse fueled her desire for female empowerment, and offers a new perspective on the origin of hardcore punk, a style most often associated with white suburban males. She is a long-time blogger-turned-author and a former bilingual elementary school teacher.
Eric Avila
Eric Avila is an associate professor of Chicana/o studies, history, and urban planning at UCLA. His work emphasizes the historical intersections between racial identity, urban space, and cultural representation. He is the author of Popular Culture in the Age of White Flight: Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles and is currently working on his second book, The Folklore of the Freeway: An Alternative History of Highway Construction in Urban America
Josefina López
Josefina López is best known for authoring the play and co-writing the film Real Women Have Curves, a coming-of-age story about a first-generation Chicana torn between family expectations and pursuing her college ambitions. Born in Mexico, Josefina was five years old when she and her family immigrated and settled in Boyle Heights. She was undocumented for thirteen years before she received amnesty in 1987 and eventually became a U.S. citizen in 1995. Josefina is the founder and artistic director of Casa 0101 Theater and Cultural Center in Boyle Heights. 
Richard Montoya 
An actor, producer, and director, Richard Montoya is a founding member of the nationally acclaimed performance troupe Culture Clash, which seeks to open a dialogue about race and culture by way of satirical comedy. He recently finished directing his feature film Water & Power, a modern noir about corrupt government officials and the police.
John Valadez 
Born and raised in Los Angeles, John Valadez is a realist painter and muralist. His subject matter concerns the urban landscape and the people of L.A. He is widely considered the most significant artist of the last forty years to record the Chicano experience in Los Angeles. His photorealist approach recalls street photography, situating the Chicano identity within the dynamics of the city, rather than a nostalgic attempt to reconstruct a distant past. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe, Mexico, and the U.S., including the de Young in San Francisco, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Amory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. 


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