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Discussions in Contemporary Art, Part IV: Amy Scott

April 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Maria Varela, A Young Chicanita Hawks La Raza Newspapers at the Poor People’s Campaign, Washington, D.C., May–July, 1968

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Amy Scott to AJU, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation  at The Autry Museum, who will explore the role of photography in shaping the Chicano Movement through the lens of La Raza magazine. As they took to the streets with camera in hand, La Raza photographers created a new image of Mexican Americans and reshaped the role of photography in configuring race in the American West.”

Presented by the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in the Fine Arts, this daytime lecture continues to focus on issues relating to contemporary art, centering on Los Angeles, and, more broadly, the west coast.


Dr. Amy Scott is the Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation and the Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry Museum. She has been working as an art historian and a curator since 1993, when she received her B.A. in Art History at the University of Kansas. She received her M.A. from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 1996, while working as a curatorial assistant at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She continued her curatorial work at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, and in 2000 assumed the role of Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry Museum, a position that was formally endowed in 2008. In 2013, she earned her Ph.D. in Visual Studies at the University of California Irvine and the title of Chief Curator before being advanced at the beginning of this year to her current role.

Throughout, she has curated several of the Autry’s signature exhibitions and core galleries including Yosemite: Art of an American Icon; Art of the West; La Raza; and the forthcoming Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca. She has likewise contributed to many books and catalogues on the art of the American West including Paul Pletka Imagined Wests (2017), La Raza (forthcoming) and Art of the West, recently published by the University of Oklahoma Press with a grant from the Luce Foundation.

Refreshments will be provided.



April 3, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm