VISUALIZING LANGUAGE: OAXACA IN L.A. EXHIBITION MURALS TO BE EXHIBITED IN FRANCE AND SETTLE AT THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART

Closing Celebration for the Exhibition Scheduled for August 26, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 15, 2018) – The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library announced today that the portable murals by the artist collective Tlacolulokos, which have been the centerpiece of the highly acclaimed Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. exhibition at Central Library, will be donated to the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, giving the murals a permanent home. On Sunday, August 26th, the Library will host a closing celebration of the exhibition which will include tours in Spanish and English, crafts, giveaways, and more in the Central Library rotunda. The last day to see the exhibition at the Central Library is August 31.

“Thanks to the vision and work of The Library Foundation of Los Angeles the Tlacolulokos murals For the Price of Your Hometown, the Way of the Elders and In Memory of the Forgotten, will become part of the recently created collection and repository of murals at MOLAA. This marvelous series of murals will reside at MOLAA and become part of a collections and infrastructure expansion project at the museum. We are indebted to The Library Foundation and greatly appreciate the trust they have place in MOLAA,” says Lourdes Ramos, President and CEO, Museum of Latin American Art.

Prior to moving to MOLAA, the murals will travel to Lille, France to be exhibited in spring 2019 as part of Lille3000, a six-month festival that features the work of contemporary Mexican artists. Hailed as “hope-inspiring” by The New York Times, the eleven-part mural series opened in September 2017 and has been seen by almost 100,000 visitors from around the world as part of the Getty Foundation’s larger initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, celebrating Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles.

“We’re thrilled that these monumental murals, which celebrate the historic mix of Oaxacan and California culture, will be exhibited to a new audience in Lille, France and have found a permanent home at MOLAA,” said John F. Szabo, City Librarian.  “This will allow this beautiful artwork commissioned by the Library Foundation to be seen for many years to come.”

Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. was made possible through a lead grant from the Getty Foundation, and with additional support from California Humanities, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For more information please visit lfla.org/Oaxaca.

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