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Gregorio Luke takes Latino Museum post

August 18, 2008 |  7:29 am

Times staff writer Agustin Gurza writes:

Gregorio Luke approaches with a contented grin, reaches into the vest pocket of his black business suit and hands me a business card as if we had never met before. "It's something very special," says the former director of the Museum of Latin American Art, whom I've known for almost a decade, writes Agustin Gurza.

It's a plain white card with his name in black ink. No title, no logos, no affiliations. "It's taken me 25 years to get a card like that, just me, not associated with anybody," says the one-time Mexican diplomat. "It's taken me 25 years to have the courage to reclaim my freedom and my identity."

A dramatic entrance is expected of Luke, one of the most dynamic and interesting figures in the local Latino arts scene with a reputation as a charismatic lecturer. During his tenure at MOLAA in Long Beach, he became the museum's most visible promoter and often its main attraction, especially with his popular multimedia presentations on Mexican painters, "Murals Under the Stars." After he resigned last year to take his show on the road, the museum started seeming a little more sedate.

Now, he's taken on a new challenge at the Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture.

Read more about Luke's new job here.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City