The second installment of Bookmarked!, a series from A+P highlighting literary artists of LA, welcomes Walter Thompson-Hernández, multimedia journalist for the New York Times and author of the new book The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland. A+P’s Nereya Otieno will speak with Thompson-Hernández about women of color who have been sources of inspiration through his writing journey.
A focus of Thompson-Hernández’s work is to highlight Los Angeles culture, often showing sides that lack awareness in larger cultural conversations. In this program, Otieno and Thompson-Hernández will connect important women of color in his life and literary growth to themes and ideas present in A+P’s exhibition Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection.
This program will be taking place virtually via Livestream. This means that anyone interested in attending this program from anywhere in the world is welcome, all you need is an internet connection! Please RSVP (below) and the information for attending the program will be emailed to all of those on the list.
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This program is organized on the occasion of Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection on view at Art + Practice through January 2, 2021. Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection is presented by Art + Practice in collaboration with the Hammer Museum and organized by their Associate Curator Erin Christovale.
Nereya Otieno was the Communications Coordinator and Programs Assistant for Art + Practice. She has a history studying intercultural spaces and the ways in which music, food, and the arts are forms of storytelling that define identities and create communities. In addition to working at A+P, Nereya writes for numerous publications, has been featured in two books, and serves on the board for Future Female Sounds, an organization committed to making DJing accessible to women all over the world.
Walter Thompson-Hernández is a Los Angeles–based multimedia journalist and artist. He is the host of an upcoming long-form documentary podcast called “California Love,” for KPCC, the Los Angeles NPR station. He was a New York Times journalist and member of a multimedia Times reporting team called “Surfacing” that covered subcultures and has reported from nearly every continent and throughout the United States between 2017-2009. He received his master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and was enrolled in the UCLA Chicano Studies Ph.D. program for one year before leaving to write for the Times. He has been honored with the 2019 Instagram and Hispanic Heritage Award Foundation for his representation of Latinos/Latinx communities in media throughout the United States. He is also the 2019 recipient of the Whiting Creative Non-Fiction Award for his upcoming book, The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland. Before graduate school, Walter played professional basketball for the Mexican Olympic team throughout Latin America.