Sunday, March 16, 2008
It is with great pleasure, pride, and excitement that I announce the opening of "Botánica: A Pharmacy for the Soul"
This is an invitation to attend the opening reception on March 21, 2008 from 5:30-7:30pm. I would be honored to host you at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures for some Puerto Rican food and drumming by Sancocho!
As many of you know, I have been working diligently on this exhibition for the past year and a half. Each item in the exhibit was collected, cataloged and then prepared for exhibition with the help of my grandmother, Jerusalén Morales-Diaz. Please come celebrate the opening of this exhibition with us!
In Botánica: A Pharmacy for the Soul, curator Selina Morales has recreated a botánica based on the one her Puerto Rican grandmother owned from 1985-1991. Using memory, stories from her family, and recent ethnographic fieldwork in botánicas in New York and New Jersey, she offers you the feeling of a botánica, the stories from her family’s botánica, and the particular experience of her grandmother, Jerusalen Morales-Díaz. Collectively, the objects in this exhibit tell a meaningful story of family, community, individuality, creativity, and faith.