Glenn Kaino: Aki’sMarketis inspired by Akira and Sachiye Shiraishi’s small neighborhood market (1957–1970) in East Los Angeles. Created by artist Glenn Akira Kaino (Akira’s grandson and namesake), the exhibition explores the transgenerational trauma from the World War II Japanese American incarceration experience through the stories of Kaino, his family, and the community. It is also an interrogation of the American practice of displacement—collapsing almost 100 years of cultural subjugation into a spiritual, exploratory space from which the building blocks of peace might be discovered.
Through a virtual reality recreation of the store and an installation of related works, Glenn Kaino: Aki’s Market is an exhibition about collective memory where the archival bleeds into the imaginary and where the most advanced technology serves the most personal past.
Winner of the Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony— Sebastián Lelio’s sensitive, magical realist story of young transgender woman Marina offers so much more than a compelling narrative, a stunning lead performance, and sumptuous visuals. Lelio’s goal to “make a film that hopefully was as complex and beautiful as its main character” also mobilized the transgender rights movement in Chile, resulting in the passing of a landmark gender identity law.
In “Tacos La Brooklyn,” Chino, a Korean American, seeks to expand his taco stand into a restaurant. Accused of cultural appropriation, he must prove his cultural authenticity to a diverse Los Angeles community while navigating gentrification. This multilingual drama explores the complexities of cultural appreciation versus appropriation in a vibrant City of Angels. Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
In a nearly abandoned Catholic monastery, a man shot through the heart disrupts the lives of a small group of Brothers. “The Travelers” explores brown men seeking connection and heart in California’s Central Valley. In the original voice of the Latinx/Latiné world, Alfaro’s writing breaks through religious dogma, recognizes cultural connections, and offers solace for communal souls. Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
Download our free digital Día de los Muertos activity book and build your own paper ofrenda activity. The “Mi Ofrenda” activity illustrated by Cynthia Navarro is a fun activity to teach your children about the significance of this holiday and special season. Download the Ofrenda base and page with graphics, then print them out. Next, color your images and cut out sections with scissors to assemble on your ofrenda!
This is an in-depth history of the Los Angeles neighborhood from early contact between Spanish colonizers and native Californians to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, the hunt for hidden Communists among the Jewish population, negotiating citizenship and belonging among Latino migrants and Mexican American residents, and beyond. The residents of Boyle Heights have maintained remarkable solidarity across racial and ethnic lines, acting as a unified polyglot community even as their tribulations have become more explicitly racial…