Giving Guide 2023: Latin American Cultural Center

Latin American Cultural Center Exhibitions offer a Cultural Immersion into Latin America

The stunning building is today a highly informative museum which highlights the diverse cultures, music, film, and current day issues of Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to the Permanent Exhibition Halls on the history, geography, culture and arts of Latin America, LACC curates a special exhibition each year in the Grand Gallery.

Mexican Masks: Symbols, Celebrations, Satire and Safety, is currently on display through April 20, 2024. The exhibition features an array of 88 masks, from 19 states across Mexico. Through interpretive panels, images and supporting objects, visitors can learn about mask making history and there use in celebrations through-out Mexico. Documentary films and photographs feature several of the mask dances, and mask makers. The exhibit also focuses on four families who produce ceremonial masks and art masks for the global market. Lastly the exhibition explores how modern mask use in Mexico including their adoption in freestyle wrestling and their more recent use in protecting against the Covid-19 pandemic have incorporated designs and themes from more traditional masks.

A Historical Gem in the Heart of Oakland

Constructed in 1912 during Pittsburgh’s creation of the Oakland educational and cultural district, the building originally housed the staff, library, and museum of The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Influenced by the City Beautiful movement, buildings for the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art, Carnegie Library, major hospitals, and other institutions were all constructed around the same time. 

Ingham and Boyd architects designed the original building in 1912 and a later addition in 1931. The Italian Renaissance building exterior is of Bedford Indiana Limestone and Hauteville Marble, the same materials used for construction of the Empire State Building in New York. Door surrounds, windowsills and the exterior stone steps are of Bedford Bluestone. Pink Tennessee Marble is used extensively in the elegant interior spaces. 

The LACC exhibitions offer an exceptional added cultural experience to any event.

Elegant, Spacious and Tailored to Perfection

Are you in search of the ideal venue to host an unforgettable private event? Located in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh the Latin American Cultural Center (LACC) venue promises to turn special occasions into lasting memories. Whether you’re planning a wedding, cocktail reception, a fundraising gala, a graduation party or a small dinner celebration, the LACC offers the perfect place for any event. 

As you step inside, you’ll be captivated by the soaring ceiling, grand pillars, marble floors, and abundant natural light of the extraordinary Grand Lobby, which is just one of several inspiring chambers. The three-story building also has an incredibly versatile auditorium hall and stage, excellent for presentations, symposia and performances. 

The LACC teams knows that all events are different. Therefore, spaces have been designed to be versatile and fulfill its function as a cultural center and at the same time, meet the diverse preferences of clients looking for top-level event spaces.

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