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

LFLA Sept 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Rebellion! Public Art and Political Dissent: Oaxaca in L.A.

Central Library

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LAPL Sept 20, 2017 | 3:30 pm

Hands-On Screen Printing Workshop with Self Help Graphics

Benjamin Franklin Branch Library

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LAPL Sept 21, 2017 | 4:00 pm

Hands-on Printing Workshop with Tlacolulokos

Granada Hills 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:

September 16 1-5pm
September 23 1-5pm
October 10 4:30-7:30pm
October 14 1-5pm
October 21 1-5pm
November 9 4:30-7:30pm
November 14 4:30-7:30pm
November 18 1-5pm

Purists may not adulterate, but on Nat’l Punch Day, we’ll enjoy our favorite spirit greened up with muddled basil! #OaxacainLA #PSTLALA

Purists may not adulterate, but on Nat’l Punch Day, we’ll enjoy our favorite spirit greened up with muddled basil! #OaxacainLA #PSTLALA

Wear handmade necklaces by @vianney_mendez & celebrate the exhibition, Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. #OaxacainLA #PSTLALA

Wear handmade necklaces by @vianney_mendez & celebrate the exhibition, Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. #OaxacainLA #PSTLALA

Celebrating #OaxacainLA @LAPublicLibrary #PSTLALA #Tlacolula #murals #DTLA

Celebrating #OaxacainLA @LAPublicLibrary #PSTLALA #Tlacolula #murals #DTLA

Today was #OaxacaInLA:
Giant murals by Tiacolulokos at @LApubliclibrary & mole at #SaboresOaxaqueños
🇲🇽🇲🇽

Today was #OaxacaInLA:
Giant murals by Tiacolulokos at @LApubliclibrary & mole at #SaboresOaxaqueños 
🇲🇽🇲🇽
Today was #OaxacaInLA:
Giant murals by Tiacolulokos at @LApubliclibrary & mole at #SaboresOaxaqueños 
🇲🇽🇲🇽
Today was #OaxacaInLA:
Giant murals by Tiacolulokos at @LApubliclibrary & mole at #SaboresOaxaqueños 
🇲🇽🇲🇽
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