Agridulce Celebrates Cuban Art, Culture at PEM


The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) continues its monthly after-hours party series with PEM/PM: Agridulce on Thursday, 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

Enjoy electronic mashups of Afro-Caribbean beats by DJ Jaminic. Hear him on Soundcloud.

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 non-members.

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