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

One of the most gratifying parts of the Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA project was the time I spent with K-12 students on my guided tours. Talking about representation and art in public spaces. Gave me life! #ZapotecScholar #IndigenousEpistemologies #OaxacainLA

One of the most gratifying parts of the Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA project was the time I spent with K-12 students on my guided tours. Talking about representation and art in public spaces. Gave me life! #ZapotecScholar #IndigenousEpistemologies #OaxacainLA

The Visualizing Language team became good friends. The kind you can hug and call up for a good conversation! The work that we fought for, that became a reality drawn up from our different perspectives brought us together. #ZapotecScholar #OaxacainLA #IndigenousEpistemology

The Visualizing Language team became good friends. The kind you can hug and call up for a good conversation! The work that we fought for, that became a reality drawn up from our different perspectives brought us together. #ZapotecScholar #OaxacainLA #IndigenousEpistemology

My dedication to the #OaxacainLA project meant that I felt compelled to work all the way through my #Zapotecbaby pregnancy. Had meetings to Tuesday, I went in to give birth that same week on a Thursday. Working mamas would know what this is like. #ZapotecScholar #ZapotecHistory

My dedication to the #OaxacainLA project meant that I felt compelled to work all the way through my #Zapotecbaby pregnancy. Had meetings to Tuesday, I went in to give birth that same week on a Thursday. Working mamas would know what this is like. #ZapotecScholar #ZapotecHistory

In #2017 #revelling in the #success of the #VisualizingLanguage #OaxacainLA exhibit I #collaborated on with for the #Getty #PSTLALA #Oaxacalifornia #ZapotecScholar #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousLanguages #OaxacanHistory #IntellectualHistory #IndigenousEpistemologies #artsforus

In #2017 #revelling in the #success of the #VisualizingLanguage #OaxacainLA exhibit I #collaborated on with for the #Getty #PSTLALA #Oaxacalifornia #ZapotecScholar #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousLanguages #OaxacanHistory #IntellectualHistory #IndigenousEpistemologies #artsforus
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