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Join Chief Curator, Amy Galpin, Ph.D., Director of Education, Miriam Machado, and Craig Morell, Director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Coconut Grove for a conversation about the Kampong Lab and artist Mark Dion. In conjunction with the exhibition, Accumulate, Classify, Preserve, Display: Roberto Obregón Archive from the Carolina and Fernando Eseverri Collection—which extrapolates years of Obregon’s obsession with one particular flora, the rose—this event will explore Dion’s work and draw parallels between his practice and that of artist Roberto Obregón.

The Kampong is an 8-acre botanical garden in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. Within these beautiful grounds stands the former home and botany laboratory of Dr. David Fairchild which houses a permanent installation by artist Mark Dion. The installation is derived from the botanist's life and work.  

Fairchild was a plant explorer with the USDA in the early 1900s, credited with more than 60,000 introductions of exotic plants and varieties of crops into the United States, forever changing the American diet.  

Roberto Obregón, Untitled. Study for a Chronicle, c. 1978 (detail) Photographs, Gelatin silver prints; six photographs, 4 x 2 4/5 inches, each, © Archivo Roberto Obregón