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The Library Foundation of Los Angeles in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library will present Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. an exhibition and programming series as part of the Getty Foundation’s PST: LA/LA initiative September 16, 2017 through January 31, 2018 at the Downtown Central Library. Visualizing Language celebrates the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community.  With particular focus on the Zapotec community which makes up one of the largest indigenous groups in Mexico as well as one of the largest groups of indigenous Mexicans in Los Angeles, the exhibition will explore language and culture as a key lifeline sustaining the shared experience between Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond, with a specific look at how dynamics such as migration and the socio-political environment shape identity and cultural traditions. The exhibition will feature newly commissioned work by the Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos, which will be displayed in Central Library’s rotunda in juxtaposition to the existing murals from 1933 by artist Dean Cornwell. Documentary filmmaker Yolanda Cruz will produce a short film about the artists, and multilingual programming will highlight indigenous language and culture through poetry workshops, storytelling, music, panel discussions and more. Audiences will have the opportunity to participate in over 50 programs at neighborhood libraries across the city and at the ALOUD series throughout the exhibition period.


Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Additional support for the Library Foundation’s exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


Image Credit: Tlacolulokos mural, Tehuana 13/Woman from Tehuantepec 13 , 2013. Fotografía/Photography: Oliver Santana. Cortesía de/Courtesy of MUAC.

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