Oaxaca in L.A.
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 the largest group 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 as a contemporary response to the existing murals from 1933 by artist Dean Cornwell and his interpretation of the founding of California. 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.