This exhibit accompanies Writers as Readers: A Conversation with Jorge F. Hernández and Yuri Herrera, held at the Latin American Library, in which these two prominent Mexican writers discussed their work, their role as readers, and that of literature in society. The event is a partnership of the LAL and the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society with the NEA BIG READ program and its selection of Hernández’ Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Writers.
The exhibit is inspired by the work of Hernández and Herrera. In one case, the role of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) is highlighted as a formative influence on Mexico’s writers throughout the 20th century, as is palpable in Hernández’ anthology of writers. Other cases feature an artist book on the 2014 tragedy of Ayotzinapa and the provocative work of performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña which both focus on contemporary issues of U.S.-Mexico border lives, immigration, bi-national identities, and the unfortunate but pervasive violence brought on by the drug trade in contemporary Mexico that are examined in the penetrating novels of Herrera. New Orleans artist Josephine Sacabo’s haunting stills cast shadows and light on Juan Rulfo’s fiction but also complement subliminal worlds explored by Herrera as well. In tribute to our partnership with the Faulkner Society, a previously unknown portrait of William Spratling and his friend William Faulkner is featured among other new additions to the Spratling-Taxco Collection.