September 16, 2017 – January 31, 2018

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library present Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A., an exhibition and programming series at the Downtown Central Library and participating neighborhood libraries throughout the city, as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

Visualizing Language celebrates the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community — specifically, the Zapotec communities which make up one of the largest Indigenous groups in Mexico and Los Angeles. Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos has created a series of new murals for the Central Library’s historic rotunda that explore language and culture as a key lifeline sustaining the shared experience between Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond, with a  look at how migration and the socio-political environment shape identity and cultural traditions.

Upcoming Events

LAPL January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Blossoms of Fire Film Screening

Palms – Rancho Park Branch Library

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LAPL January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Haiku in Zapotec: From Oaxaca to Japan and Back

Central Library

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LAPL January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Teen Hip Hop Workshop with DJ Survive and the Inner City Dwellers

Cypress Park Branch Library

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Exhibition Tours

Find out more about Tlacolulokos’ new murals in Central Library. Free tours will be offered during the following times:

Fri, Jan 19 12:00pm
Wed, Jan 24 12:00pm
Fri, Jan 26 12:00pm

At @LAPublicLibrary seeing the #OaxacainLA exhibition.

At @LAPublicLibrary seeing the #OaxacainLA exhibition.

Where are you going with that Angelina tote? It’s one of the most popular items created especially for our Oaxaca in L.A. collection, with a cool detail of a mural by @tlacolulokos1 . Find the real deal in the Central Library’s Rotunda! #tlacolulokos #OaxacainLA

Where are you going with that Angelina tote? It’s one of the most popular items created especially for our Oaxaca in L.A. collection, with a cool detail of a mural by @tlacolulokos1 . Find the real deal in the Central Library’s Rotunda! #tlacolulokos #OaxacainLA

Stop by this Saturday at the Central Library to join our tour of Visualizing Language: #OaxacainLA at 11 am. We'll see you in the Rotunda!

Stop by this Saturday at the Central Library to join our tour of Visualizing Language: #OaxacainLA at 11 am. We'll see you in the Rotunda!

2017 is “in the bag,” and we want our fresh 2018 look to include colorful, handmade accessories. Our palm totes, woven by Oaxacan artisans, fit the bill! (And will easily hold all of our favorite muñecas, too.) #OaxacainLA #pacificstandardtime

2017 is “in the bag,” and we want our fresh 2018 look to include colorful, handmade accessories. Our palm totes, woven by Oaxacan artisans, fit the bill! (And will easily hold all of our favorite muñecas, too.) #OaxacainLA #pacificstandardtime

Day 4: We were thrilled to participate in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA with our exhibition, Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. #12DaysofLFLA #PSTLALA #OaxacainLA

Day 4: We were thrilled to participate in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA with our exhibition, Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. #12DaysofLFLA #PSTLALA #OaxacainLA
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