PEM CONTINUES ITS MONTHLY PARTY SERIES IN THE NEW YEAR
CELEBRATE WITH PEM/PM: AGRIDULCE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 | 6-9 PM
SALEM, MASS. -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) continues its monthly after-hours party series with PEM/PM: Agridulce onThursday, January 21, from 6 to 9 pm.
Warm your spirit with an evening celebrating our new exhibition Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Through large-scale blown glass sculptures, paintings, photographs and evocative soundscapes, the artist draws on the structural forms found in the abandoned sugar mills and rum factories of Cuba, her childhood island home.
Come watch a special performance piece by the artist, enjoy different types of rum and special cocktails as well as Cuban-inspired small plates. Get an in-depth look behind the sugar and rum industry and Salem’s role in the trade process.
Art Making | Studio 1, Create Space
Create your own memory bottle and hang it on our tree (while supplies last). Include a record of a person you admire or a message for the future.
Cuban Cuisine | Atrium
Savor inventive yet classic dishes prepared by PEM Chef Rhiannon Nowak.
DJ | Atrium
Rum Tasting | Atrium
Join Salem’s own Rumson’s Rum for a tasting of four varieties and learn about the process of rum production (tickets at the table). Make sure you try our specialty Mojito cocktail at the bar!
Salem and Trade | Atrium
Learn about Salem’s history and involvement in the sugar, rum and slave trades from staff of the Phillip’s Library.
Sugar Cane Tasting | Atrium
Get a taste of pure sugar juice straight from the source.
Highlights Tour | Various Galleries
See how the rum and sugar trades influenced decor and design in Salem homes and abroad.
FREE FOR MEMBERS AND SALEM RESIDENTS | $10 NONMEMBERS
CASH BAR | SMALL PLATES MENU FROM THE HAWTHORNE HOTEL
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
January 9 -- April 3, 2016
Alchemy of the Soul: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons presents the most ambitious collaboration between the Afro-Cuban artist and her husband, musician and composer Neil Leonard. Through large-scale blown-glass sculptures, paintings, photographs, and evocative soundscapes, the artist draws on the structural forms found in the abandoned sugar mills and rum factories of her childhood island home. Incorporating the sweet smell of rum, this multi-sensory exhibition creates an intoxicating reconceptualization of the often-brutal history of the Cuban sugar industry, offering a visceral experience that ignites the senses and our emotional awareness of place, memory, identity and labor.
PEM’s evening parties -- with music and dance performances, food and cocktail tastings, lectures and art-making stations -- kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and have grown in popularity ever since. On the third Thursday of each month, activities have included a celebration of romance in PEM’s Chinese House, dancing with Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and lessons in Indian cooking techniques.
Thursday, February 18: Activate -- Get ready to dance the night away as the internationally acclaimed A Tribe Called Red headlines the party with their electronic pow-wow pop. Don’t forget to strike a pose at the streetwear fashion show before making art of your own inspired by The Soft Museum. Before the night finishes be sure to explore Native Fashion Now and other open exhibitions while enjoying a drumming circle and other live music.