Unveiling of Rudolfo Anaya Bust
Join the National Hispanic Cultural Center for an unveiling and dedication of Reynaldo “Sonny” Rivera’s sculptural bust of Rudolfo Anaya in the Center’s History and Literary Arts Library from 6 to 7 pm, in advance of the Center’s presentation of Mr. Anaya’s work The Season of La Llorona in the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Generously donated by Mr. Anaya, the sculpture was accepted as a general acquisition of the NHCC by its Board of Directors in August 2016, and will be on display in the History and Literary Arts Library. The sculpture is the original prototype from which bronzed busts of Mr. Anaya have been reproduced; the latter currently reside at the Albuquerque Museum and the Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The installation of Mr. Anaya’s portrait in the Library and this dedication were made possible thanks to the generous support of New Mexico Mutual.
Free community event
A beloved native New Mexican, Mr. Anaya is an educator and renowned writer. Considered the father of contemporary Chicano literature, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama in 2015 and the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2001. Mr Anaya was raised in Santa Rosa and Albuquerque. His most famous works include Bless Me, Ultima (1972), Heart of Aztlán (1976), and Tortuga (1979). More recent works of fiction include Randy Lopez Goes Home: A Novel (2011) and The Old Man’s Love Story (2013).
The NHCC has proudly worked with Mr. Anaya since its opening in October 2000, and has presented many of his works, including the current presentation of The Season of La Llorona as part of the Center’s Siembra: Latino Theatre Season, and the planned 2018 presentation of an opera adaptation of Bless Me, Ultima.