Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Peruvian Clotilde Arias

The exhibition is about Clotilde Arias, a Peruvian immigrant who came toNew York Cityin 1923 at age twenty-two to study music.

Decades later she translated the national anthem into the official Spanish version at the request of theU.S.government. Arias died in1959 inManhattanat age fifty-eight.

Through the lens of Ms. Arias’s own possessions—personal and professional documents, journals, objects, photographs—we can better understand important events in the past because they allow us to walk through an individual’s story and view the processes of change.

Clotilde Arias lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and the development of Madison Avenue, not only as a witness but as a full participant and agent of change. Her life is a rich tapestry, a story that illuminates important and poignant historical markers during the first half of the 20th century.


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