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Opening Reception: Plant Medicine: Multi-Species Wellness in a Global City

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International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 North Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60610

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Plant Medicine: Multi-Species Wellness in a Global City

August 8, 2019 – November 3, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM. Free and open to the public.

Join us for the opening reception of Plant Medicine: Multi-Species Wellness in a Global City. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Tours of the exhibition will be available during the evening. Live music by the Herbal Remedies. Museum is located at 1524 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL. Accessible entrance, ramps and elevator is available.

How do migratory human and non-human beings learn to grow and flourish in a city of steel and glass? Through the lens of plants, this exhibition explores the connections between nature, health and growing roots. On the Northside, newly arrived refugees bring their practical knowledge, plants and aesthetic dispositions to gardens. It’s there that they create familiar smells, textures and ways of interacting as communities. They work through traumas of displacement, pass on traditional knowledge to children born in exile and sell their produce at the farmers market. On the near Westside, Latino gardeners plant prairie flowers on a remediated brown-site. They tend to Monarch butterfly chrysalis in order to maximize the chances of emergence and trans-migration to Mexico. On the Southside, a neighborhood ravaged by redlining, out-migration and school closures hopes to remake itself as the city’s food garden, and a growing network of gardeners and farmers hope to become economically viable producers. In ethnic pharmacies around the city, plant-based medicines connect Chicagoans to alternative ways of thinking about health and disease. All throughout the city, people otherwise dislodged or in flux—because of changing health, ability, neighborhood or family situation—turn to plants and planting to sow new roots.

Read more at https://imss.org/plant-medicine/


Thank you to our sponsors:

John and Daphne Cunningham

The Ajana Foundation

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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