The L.A. Public Library Will Host a FREE Party This Saturday for a New Oaxacan Art Exhibition

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This post is a sponsored collaboration between the Los Angeles Library Foundation and We Like L.A.

This weekend the Los Angeles Central Library is hosting a shindig to open a new art exhibition and everyone is invited!

On Saturday, September 16 from noon to 5 p.m. the the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Public Library will present the opening for Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A., an exhibition celebrating the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of our city’s vibrant Oaxacan community.

Featuring new murals for Central Library by artist collective Tlacolulokos, the bilingual exhibition runs through January 31, 2018 as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and will include more than 70 individual programs and workshops on Oaxacan culture taking place at L.A. Public Library branches throughout the city.

Saturday’s opening festivities feature a performance from Grupo Folklórico Guish Bac and la Banda Grandeza Oaxaqueña, a stencil workshop with the exhibition artists, plus special exhibition tours and refreshments.

Visitors will also enjoy a look at new murals for the Central Library by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos. The new artwork will be displayed in juxtaposition to the Library’s existing murals depicting the history of California from the 1930s and will portray, from a contemporary perspective, what it means to be Indigenous and migrant in Los Angeles and Oaxaca, Mexico in the 21st century.

If you can’t make it to the Saturday opening remember there are plenty of ways to take part in the exhibition in the coming months, including:

  • six multilingual programs as part of the Library Foundation’s acclaimed ALOUD series at Central Library as well as free programs offered at 15 neighborhood libraries across the city.
  • an Oaxacan food lecture series with writer Bill Esparza
  • a Barbacoa Demonstration with Zapotec chefs from Gish Bac Restaurant
  • a workshop on the fabric dyes of Oaxaca with artist Ashley Thayer

Oh, and the best part, all of the programs mentioned above, including Saturday’s opening, are free and open to the public!

For more information on the upcoming exhibition or any of the individual programs, visit

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