Sunday, March 16, 2008

Exhibit Opening

Dear Friends,

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.


They say it's a cold world said...

Congratulations on the exhibit. As much as I would like to be in Indiana for the opening, I won't be able to attend. Is there going to be a catalog or other printed artifact from the show for those unable to make it? I'm interested also to know if you are aware of any oral history or other botánica related projects in the New York Metro area. If you can see your way to dropping me a line at donflan (which is at) yahoo (dot) com, it would be much appreciated. Have a great opening!

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