American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - Sunday, February 9, 2014
California State University, Los Angeles Fine Arts Gallery (Building 9) 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032 Map and directions
Dancing at the Palladium
(Courtesy of Getty Images)
Arturo Sandoval
Courtesy of Manny Iriarte
Eva Ybarra
Courtesy of Eva Ybarra
Lalo Guerrero
Courtesy of Lalo Guerrero Collection

Latino musicians have had a profound influence on traditional genres of music in the United States, including jazz, R&B, rock ’n’ roll, and hip-hop. At the same time, their experiences living in the United States triggered the creation of new musical traditions, such as mambo and salsa.

“American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, Carlos Santana and Selena.

The exhibit kicks off on Nov. 16 with a day-long celebration (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) featuring docent-guided tours of the exhibition, musical workshops and performances from salsa, mariachi and Afro-Latino ensembles.

Additional activities, including a concert series, dance workshops, a speaker series, film screenings and a battle of the bands contest, are scheduled on the Cal State L.A. campus throughout the exhibit’s run in Los Angeles. Visit the website for a schedule of events.

Admission to all programs and activities is free.

Event Info:
Exhibit runs November 16, 2013 – February 9, 2014
Fine Arts Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday.

About the sponsor:
“American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music” was created by EMP Museum and the University of Washington and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition, its national tour, and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund. Discover much more about the history and influence of Latin music in the United States, or share your own Latin music story or photo on the exhibition website,