A new pop-up exhibit curated by yours truly was installed in the reading room last week, and will remain until October 14th. This exhibit celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs September-October 15th annually. In the case is a folio titled Lola — it is a literary primer for Mexican women and addresses topics of womanhood in Mexico. In the primer, Lola recounts growing up poor, taking care of her siblings, and later discusses the importance of women knowing how to read so that they can understand laws and legislation in their country. The illustrations were completed by Gonzalo Becerra and was produced by Mujeres para el Diálogo in 2013.
The gallery above shows this single oversized item in the pop-up case. I decided that for this display, I wanted to focus on a single item that represents Mexican/Hispanic heritage. It is also rare for oversized items to be placed on display because they tend to take up a significant amount of room — in this case, I wanted Lola’s story to be the focal point.
This display could not have been created without the help of several others, however! Patricia Ballesteros and Lorenia Diaz tirelessly helped me work on my Spanish cards, all of which are set in 14 point font and are the ‘main’ descriptions within the case. English transcriptions were provided, but I again wanted to focus on the Spanish language for this case. I cannot thank Patricia and Lorenia enough for all of their help as I worked on grammar, choosing the best wording, etc., for my cards.
Fleur (pictured above, wiping a case down) and her assistant Andrea were paramount in making sure this display was perfect. They went to their maker’s lab and created the stand for this large folio to stand on for this display. Fleur then tirelessly made sure to weave the binding together to further support it. Andrea came up with the genius idea to drape the stand in black cloth. Both were then wonderful in cleaning the case to really make sure viewers could ‘see’ the work. Again, I cannot thank them enough for helping my vision become a reality!