September 16, 2017 – August 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

Closing Event

Join us on Sunday, August 26th from 1pm-5pm to say a final goodbye to the “Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA” murals. Our open house closing celebration will include docent tours, family crafts, giveaways, and more:

Sun, August 26 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tours this day will be offered at:

Spanish: 1 pm; 3 pm
English: 2 pm; 4 pm

Gyajt ze’ zyan ranénan dúladxan ni raw benlugyedx gazobijiz!!! #tortilladeelote #Oaxaca #LA #zapoteco #oaxacainla

Gyajt ze’ zyan ranénan dúladxan ni raw benlugyedx gazobijiz!!! #tortilladeelote #Oaxaca  #LA #zapoteco #oaxacainla

Zee raya’n beél shiil che má caán guiin!!! #barbacoa #borrego #sierranorte #oaxaca #oaxacainla #chefinla #zapotec #oaxacalifornia

Zee raya’n  beél shiil che má caán guiin!!! #barbacoa #borrego #sierranorte #oaxaca #oaxacainla #chefinla #zapotec #oaxacalifornia

Gratitude for the encouraging messages from #Oaxacans sharing with me the many ways in which the Visualizing Language: #OaxacainLA exhibit touched your lives! Yes, that was my work as a Zapotec Scholar and immigrant child. #IndigenousScholar #Guelaguetza article coming in UCPress

Yandxej ma yadxu’loj yagyenchawan nigye!!! #quesillo #oaxaca #oaxacaenmi #oaxacainla #oaxacalifornia #southcentral #zapoteco

Yandxej ma yadxu’loj yagyenchawan nigye!!! #quesillo #oaxaca #oaxacaenmi #oaxacainla #oaxacalifornia #southcentral #zapoteco

Gyaha bizejé ranénan dúshtihidxan #flordecalabaza #oaxaca #oaxacalifornia #oaxacaenmi #oaxacainla #southcentralla

Gyaha bizejé ranénan dúshtihidxan #flordecalabaza #oaxaca #oaxacalifornia #oaxacaenmi #oaxacainla #southcentralla
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