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LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is pleased to continue our tradition of presenting the best of Los Angeles Latinx history, art and culture with En Casa con LA Plaza. Register on Zoom using the links below. Guests can also view live-streamed Sessions on our Facebook page.

View past sessions: 2022 | 2021 | 2020

Symbolism and Surrealism
with Linda Vallejo, Artist
Wednesday, May 18 | 7pm PT
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Linda Vallejo creates work that visualizes what it means to be a person of color in the United States. She states that her new works reflect what she calls her “brown intellectual property”—the experiences, knowledge, and feelings gathered over more than four decades of study of Latino, Chicano, and American Indigenous culture and communities. Linda Vallejo, National Women’s Caucus for the Arts 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awardee, is currently featured in Fronteras del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum and Xicanx: Dreamers and Changemakers at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Colombia. Recent solo exhibitions include Texas A&M University Reynolds Gallery, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and Lancaster Museum of Art and History. Her early works address the symbolism of Indigenous and Colonial traditions of Mexico and the Americas combined with contemporary surrealism and pop-art to create a sense of a dream-state. Her landmark solo exhibition, “Linda Vallejo: Brown Belongings,” was on display at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in 2019-2020.
In conjunction with “L.A. Memo: Chicana/o Art from 1972-1980,” organized by AltaMed and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and guest curated by Rafael Barrientos Martínez, AltaMed Curatorial Assistant, Collections.

Carne en su Jugo with Laura Cruz, Del Alma
Monday, May 23 | 3pm PT
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Like many of my undocumented Paisanos, work was hard to come by for Laura Cruz until about 15 years ago, she was given an opportunity to work in a kitchen. Her culinary career has been spent in Beverly Hills and adjacent cities, at South Beverly Grill, Houston’s, The Peninsula Hotel, Spartina and the Waldorf Astoria where I became the Banquets & Events Sous Chef. During the pandemic, she sells food from home and the occasional pop up. She calls her food venture Del Alma, because it is from the heart that she cooks, and lives. Repeat session from February 28, 2022. 

Los Angeles, 1853: The Making of a Mural
Mario A. Hernández, Marketing and Communications Assistant, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Wednesday, May 28 | 7pm PT
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In late 2021 through early 2022, a crew of three, led by Mario A. Hernández, painted a mural at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes called “Los Angeles, 1853.” Based on a chromolithograph created by Charles Koppel, an artist on the Robert S. Williamson expedition of 1853 of the U.S. Pacific Railroad Surveys, it reimagines one of the earliest views of Los Angeles, looking east from Fort Moore Hill to the west. At its center is El Aliso, an ancient sycamore tree known that was meeting place where people gathered. Learn how the mural was conceived and executed in a lively presentation that includes sketches, photographs and videos.

 

 

Sponsor for En Casa con LA Plaza in May 2022 is Union Pacific Foundation.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

 

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