Date: March 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Mexico State University Library announces a new exhibit celebrating the centenary and works of Cuban author Jose Lezama Lima (1910-1976) as well as other writers affiliated with the Grupo Origenes, including Cintio Vitier and Eliseo Diego. The free public exhibit, located in the lobby of Branson Library, runs from March 29 through May 15.
The grand opening event will be held on March 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Branson Library lobby. Refreshments will be served. The event will feature presentations by NMSU professor Jesus Barquet and Latin American and Border Studies librarian Molly Molloy. In addition, professor Oswaldo Cleger of Lafayette College will discuss a book recently published in Cuba by Amauri Gutierrez, La amistad que se prueba (Santiago de Cuba, 2010), that focuses on some of the authors in the exhibit.
These writers are of great importance in twentieth century Latin American literature-both Vitier and Diego were awarded the Juan Rulfo Prize-and the central figure in the exhibit, Jose Lezama Lima, had a decisive influence on the course of literature in the Spanish language.
Lezama Lima is considered one of the most important writers of the Latin American literary movement known as the “postboom,” and he led the Grupo Origenes from 1936 to 1959. This group of writers published the influential journal, Origenes, considered one of the four most important literary journals for Latin American literature of the twentieth century.
Cintio Vitier and his wife, Fina Garcia Marruz, were friends and literary colleagues of Ivan Schulman of the University of Illinois, a prominent scholar of Latin American literature and philosophy. Professor Schulman’s collection of more than 2,600 books on Cuban and Latin American literature, Jose Marti and modernism in Latin America was acquired by the NMSU Library in 1994. The exhibit will feature some of the treasures in the Schulman collection, including first editions of the works of Lezama Lima and other writers of the Grupo Origenes, as well as books signed and dedicated by Vitier and others.
The exhibit is the idea and creation of Amauri Gutierrez, a graduate assistant in NMSU’s Department of Languages and Linguistics. Prior to their graduate studies at NMSU, Oswaldo Cleger and Amauri Gutierrez worked together at the National Library of Cuba. Cleger received his M.A. in Spanish from NMSU and his Ph. D from Arizona State University, and he now teaches Spanish at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. While attending graduate school in Las Cruces, Cleger worked in the Special Collections unit of the NMSU Library, where he helped to process many of the books in the Schulman Collection.
Professor Jesus Barquet of the NMSU Department of Languages and Linguistics was also a friend of Jose Lezama Lima, and he wrote his doctoral dissertation at Tulane University on the Grupo Origenes. Professor Barquet and Gutierrez have loaned books and autographs from their personal collections that will be featured in the exhibit.
For more information, contact Molloy at (575) 646-6931 or email@example.com.