Maverick Art exhibit redefines 'Western'

— -- Don't expect cowboys and campfires at this Western art roundup.

Paul Pletka's The Tears of the Lord, which merges the Catholicism of Spanish Colonial conquerors with native cultures of pre-conquest Mexico, is among the highlights of Maverick Art, on view Saturday through Jan. 4 at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles.

The exhibit includes work created after 1990 by 50 artists who are redefining the term "Western" in contemporary art. The show incorporates interpretations of the old frontier as well as modern symbols, from the Tlingit tribal images in the glass sculpture by Preston Singletary to the monumental freeway painting by James Doolin. For more details, visit