News Release| American Sabor; Cal State L.A.

November 8, 2013


Smithsonian brings ‘American Sabor’ to Cal State L.A.

Press preview provides journalists first look at renowned exhibit

WHAT:        The College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) invites members of the press to a special preview of the nationally-renowned exhibition “American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The free exhibition—to be on display from Nov. 16 through Feb. 9, 2014 in CSULA’s Fine Arts Gallery—is a 2,500-square-foot learning experience that showcases the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present. The exhibit also explores the social history and individual creativity that produced stars, such as Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena. Musician Mark Guerrero, a CSULA alumnus and son of the legendary Mexican American musician Lalo Guerrero, is also featured in the exhibit.

For interesting facts about how Los Angeles Latino music has influenced the nation: /sites/default/files/univ/ppa/americansabor-facts.pdf

WHO:          “American Sabor” was developed by EMP Museum and the University of Washington, and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES). The exhibition is a national tour that is made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Available for interviews during the press preview will be:

·        Evelyn Figueroa, Project Director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES)

·      Joedis Avila, Manager of Community Outreach, Ford Motor Company Fund

·      Marisol Berrios Miranda, Guest Curator of “American Sabor”

·      Shannon Dudley, Guest Curator of “American Sabor”

·      Michelle Habell-Pallan, Guest Curator of “American Sabor”

WHEN:        The press preview will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon.

WHERE:      The exhibit is located in CSULA’s Fine Arts Gallery, building 9A.The University is located at 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Exit Eastern Avenue from the 10 Freeway. Free parking permits for the media are available at the Info/Welcome Center on Paseo Rancho Castilla Ave. Park in Parking Structure C or Lot 5. For a campus map: /sites/default/files/univ/ppa/campus_map.pdf.  

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CONTACTS:  Paul Browning at (323) 343-3044, or mobile at (323) 203-6128, [email protected]. Margie Low at (323) 343-3047, [email protected].

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