2023

Tostones with chopped garlic on a plate

SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 – DECEMBER 15, 2023 | Smathers Library Gallery

Diaspora Dishes: Remembering Home

Cookbooks are more than objects on kitchen shelves and counters that share instructions. The stories, recipes, and images can connect us to our communities and collective histories. At the same time, they reflect the paradoxes and conflicts of the people that produce them. The cookbooks in this exhibit contain unique stories about identity, homeland, migration, significant social changes, family, community, and love. They are treasures that help us fill our appetites, nourish our loved ones, and taste memories near and far. Curated by Katiana Bagué, Melissa Jerome, Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler & Margarita Vargas-Betancourt.

Pura Belpré performing a story in front of a group of children

JANUARY 23, 2023 – September 8, 2023 | Smathers Library Gallery

Pura Belpré, Bringing Boricua Stories to the Bookshelf

Pura Teresa Belpré made significant contributions to librarianship and children’s literature through her 40+ years of activism as a writer, scholar, and the first Black Puerto Rican librarian for the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). Belpré believed in the universality of childhood and dedicated herself to serving children from Puerto Rican and BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) communities. It is crucial to look at her legacy, as her activism is one that many can learn from and is still relevant to the present day. Curated by Katiana Bagué with assistance from Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler & Dr. Ramona Caponegro.