Developed with Latinx and Indigenous communities, ¡Plantásticas! is a multilingual experience that invites visitors to touch, smell, and zoom into the world of plants.
Experience exhibits designed by Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino of Berkeley’s Cafe Ohlone, and relax in immersive plant patios created by Los Angeles-based artist Andi Xoch.
See list of many activities below!
THURSDAY AT 6 PM – 10 PM
After Dark: ¡Plantásticas! Opening Night | Noche de apertura.
Exploratorium, Pier 15 in SF.
Join us for the opening night of ¡Plantásticas! and get to know the wonderful world of plants!
From science to culture to the oxygen we breathe, plants enrich our lives in countless ways. Touch plants, smell them, magnify them under microscopes, and marvel at the beautiful patterns they make.
Tonight, meet some of the collaborators behind the exhibition, enjoy special activities, and dive deeper into the roles plants play in culture, ecosystems, and more. Read all about it here.
Acompáñanos en la noche de inauguración de la exhibición ¡Plantásticas! y conoce el maravilloso mundo de las plantas. Desde la ciencia hasta la cultura y el oxígeno que respiramos, las plantas enriquecen nuestra vida de innumerables maneras. Tócalas, huélelas, obsérvalas bajo el microscopio y maravíllate con los hermosos patrones que crean.
Esta noche, conoce a algunos de los colaboradores de la exhibición, disfruta de actividades especiales y aprende más sobre la función que desempeñan las plantas en la cultura, los ecosistemas y más.
Live Music from Los Bahianatos | Música en vivo de Los Bahianatos
7:15 and 9:00 p.m. @ Bechtel Gallery 3.
Get ready to move as Los Bahianatos bring their vibrant blend of Colombian dance music—featuring the button accordion!—to After Dark.
Prepárate en el After Dark para mover el esqueleto mientras Los Bahianatos nos traen su vibrante mezcla de música colombiana de baile, con el acordeón de botones!
The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
With Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances, and Rio Yañez | Con Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances y Río Yáñez
Moore Gallery 4.
Armed with screen printing techniques and edible dye, The Great Tortilla Conspiracy will cook up and custom screen-print tortillas using a selection of artworks from their collection. Eat and enjoy these aesthetic sensations. Salsa is optional.
The Great Tortilla Conspiracy is the world’s most dangerous tortilla art collective. Founded in the late 1970s, the collective began as a satirical response to the phenomenon of people seeing sacred images in domestic settings.
10,000 Years of Science in a Corn Tortilla | 10,000 años de ciencia en una tortilla de maíz
With Doña María Ávila Vera, Irma Magaña Canul, and Dr. Isabel Hawkins | Con Doña María Ávila Vera, Irma Magaña Canul y la Dra. Isabel Hawkins
Moore Gallery 4, Demo Station.
Learn about the cultural context and the science of corn—and see for yourself how a corn tortilla is made from scratch! Yucatec Maya elder María Ávila Vera and her daughter-in-law Irma Magaña Canul will share traditional cooking methods that have been passed down and refined through generations. They will be joined by Exploratorium Senior Scientist Dr. Isabel Hawkins, who will highlight the nutritional, ecological, and scientific significance of corn.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
↳ Food and drinks will be available for purchase at our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar locations.
↳ Check out our current safety protocols and guidelines: http://ow.ly/hpM750KUVEz
↳ Note: The Tactile Dome is currently closed.
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↳ Included with museum admission. Free for Exploratorium After Dark Members and Donors.
↳ Not a member yet? Join us and get free admission all year long: http://ow.ly/7qmZ50KUVqb
¡Plantásticas! is funded by a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, with additional support from the Troy and Leslie Daniels Fund for Life Sciences.
Saturday, March 25, 2023 • 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Join us for two short films related to ¡Plantásticas!: Our Lives with Plants, a new exhibition celebrating the history and science of plants and their integral role in connecting us to our cultures and our planet.
Meet the Collaborators!
Andi Xoch, Latinx with Plants
Based in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, artist Andi Xoch founded Latinx with Plants to create beautiful environments that help people in the Latinx community to appreciate and connect with plants. For ¡Plantásticas!, she developed two plant-based installations—inspired by the front yard garden of Elizabeth Montufar and community gardens in Boyle Heights.
Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino, Ohlone Cultural Leaders
As Ohlone people focused on sustaining their traditional culture, Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino have spent years working to gain fluency in the languages and old-time culinary traditions of their people. Vincent and Louis curated some of the content for the Scent Memories and Story Slides exhibits, and they’re featured in a series of four videos exploring the integral role of plants in Ohlone cultural traditions. hityum-t tiwšina mak-nuunu, Vincent Medina ‘at Louis Trevino ‘ukšeereyṭ hemmen-t miččiyamu tappen mak-noono ‘at tappen mak-’amham hinniy holše mak-warépmakkin ‘alšip ta-mak hinšuuš mak-nuunu heemete. makkin taahey ta-mak miččiya ‘at tappe wakiimimo makkin ‘iššana hoosi mak-suyyakma ‘uyyakiš. hinniy mak-miččiya, makkin tappe mak-noono, mak-‘amham, mak-nuunu. makkin hooyomak ‘amham ta-mak warép, yakmuytak. The paragraphs above are in Chochenyo, the language spoken by Ohlone people of the East Bay.
Doña Maria Ávila Vera, Maya Elder
A Maya elder and plant enthusiast, Doña Maria Ávila Vera is a steward and teacher of the traditions of her ancestors. She uses her life experience and her native language, Yucatec Mayan, to pass on her traditional knowledge. She spends her time in Petaluma, California, and Mérida, Yucatán. For ¡Plantásticas!, Doña Maria joined our community workshops on exhibition content, experience, and design, and she has presented at several public programs about corn and traditional Maya foods.