Our current exhibit, Mexican Literature and Society at the Latin American Library, was installed to accompany Writers as Readers: A Conversation with Jorge F. Hernández and Yuri Herrera, held at the Latin American Library on November 9, 2016. At the event, these two prominent Mexican writers discussed their work, their role as readers, and the place of literature in society. The exhibit will continue through Summer 2017. The event and exhibit represent a continuing 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 in 2016.
The exhibit is inspired by the literary 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 of the character Susana San Juan 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 of Mexican silver design at the Latin American Library.
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