Artist Projects

Infinito Botanica

Franco Mondini-Ruiz

Franco Mondini-Ruiz created a working installation/store based on the botanicas found in New York, San Antonio, and other United States Latino communities. Mondini-Ruiz secured a storefront for one year for this whimsical, interactive installation that sold traditional religious artifacts, conceptual artwork, and folk art. By establishing a space for Infinito Botanica in New York, Mondini-Ruiz attempted to bridge some of the existing political and aesthetic gaps among Latinos in the United States, while questioning distinctions between “traditional” and “high” art.

Project Updates

  • 2002: Infinito Botanica premieres at the Bronx Museum of Art and Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York

  • 2003: Infinito Botanica is exhibited at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis

  • 2004: Infinito Botanica is exhibited at the UCLA Fowler Museum as part of the Botanica Los Angeles show