In conjunction with the exhibition At Home in the World, 516 ARTS welcomes photographer Miguel A. Gandert and author Catherine L. Kurland and folklorist Enrique R. Lamadrid to talk about their book of photographs and essays titled Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Landscape in Los Angeles, which
depicts the mariachi musicians of East Los Angeles and the eighty-year-old mariachi culture centered in the 1889 hotel on Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
Gandert’s photographs, which are featured in At Home in the World, "joyously and heartbreakingly capture this dichotomy of a regal band at play and the harsh reality of the struggle for work." writes Evangeline Ordaz-Molina. Lamadrid delves into the origins of mariachi music and offers a deep account of mariachi poetics. Hotel Mariachi provides insight into the challenging lives of mariachi musicians. It is also a story of valiant efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of the mariachis and the historic hotel, built by great-grandparents of Kurland, whose efforts to save the building led to the discovery of her family’s role in the birth of Los Angeles.