The annual Open House at the Latin American Library is an opportunity for the Tulane and greater New Orleans community to come together and celebrate the collections and services at the Latin American Library. For this event, the LAL prepares an exhibit highlighting the year's recent acquisitions.
This year the side gallery wall to the right of the main entrance was dedicated to a selection from the Latin American Art Ephemera Collection focusing on printed ephemera from art galleries documenting the art scene in 26 Latin American cities from the 1960s to the present.
In the four main exhibit cases we feature a variety of recently acquired materials. We begin with examples of rare printed works from early modern presses from Colombia and Bolivia. On display in the remaining three cases are new acquisitions from Cuba, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, with a wealth of recent acquisitions from Argentina, including vintage photos, works on Peronism, items on leisure and entertainment--jazz, radio, tango, carnival, the art of fileteo, and tourism--in Buenos Aires, and new items on indigenous cultures of Tierra del Fuego.
Also featured are exquisite fine arts publications by New Orleans artist Josephine Sacabo, this year’s visiting artist at the Open House. We have on display examples of her photogravure work along with some of the tools and materials that she uses to create her particular style of photogravure.
This year we also present a special tribute to late photographer, Abbye Gorin, who with her husband, Steve, was a co-founder of the Latin American Library's Image Archive and a lifelong friend and supporter of the LAL.