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The Fifth Daughters, 2014, designer: Bibi Chemnit, © Cooper & Gorfer

First Look – The Weather Diaries Preview Party

Friday, March 24, 2017 -
6:30pm to 11:00pm

First Look–The Weather Diaries, Exhibition Preview Party

Get a "First Look' at The Weather Diaries, a new exhibition of striking, photographic artworks linked with one-of-a-kind gallery installations, while partaking in hands-on activities by the 612 Sauna Society and fiber-based jewelry making with the Textile Center.  Listen to the wildly innovative synth music of RONiiA or pop-in for a gallery conversation. Cocktails and curated appetizers are available for purchase from the award-winning FIKA Café.

First Look special guests are exhibition creators Cooper & Gorfer (Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer), Icelandic designer/installation artist STEiNUNN, Kristín Ingvarsdóttir from exhibition presenter The Nordic House and Ghanaian-Minnesotan designer Jacqueline Amissah Addison of the Akua Gabby fashion line, all taking part in a lively discussion about “(Re)Framing Northern Identities” moderated by Fashion Week Minnesota’s Jahna Peloquin and Sarah Edwards.

The Weather Diaries at the American Swedish Institute probes the roots of  West Nordic fashion and explores the inescapable impact of nature and weather in developing a centuries deep cultural identity in Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands.  The Weather Diaries features the mesmerizing creations of the Swedish-based artistic duo Cooper & Gorfer, who take part, along with Icelandic artist/designer STEiNUNN, during the Friday, March 24, First Look—The Weather Diaries Preview Party.  The exhibition is on view Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, July 2, 2017.

The Weather Diaries continues ASI’s 2017 suite of programming inspired by Migration, Identity and Belonging and reflects the organization’s founding by Swedish immigrants and mission to be a gathering place for all people to share experiences around culture, migration, the environment, and the arts.

Plan your Evening

(Re) Framing Northern Identities


Discussion on identity and design with exhibition creators Cooper & Gorfer, Icelandic artist STEiNUNN, Ghanaian-Minnesotan designer Jacqueline Amissah Addison, and Fashion Week Minnesota’s Jahna Peloquin and Sarah Edwards.

Larson Hall, Nelson Cultural Center (2nd Floor)



RONiiA brings dark beats and scuffed up synths under the tapestry.

FIKA, Nelson Cultural Center (1st Floor)

Guided Gallery Conversations

9:00, 9:30, and 10:00

  • With Cooper & Gorfer – Ballroom, Turnblad Mansion (3rd Floor)
  • With STEiNUNN – Osher Gallery, Nelson Cultural Center (1st Floor)
  • Folk Costume Perspectives – Salon, Turnblad Mansion (1st Floor)

Fiber Fashion


Make your own fiber-based fashion accessory with artists from Textile Center of Minnesota.

Solarium, Turnblad Mansion (between floors 1 & 2)

612 Sauna Society


Discover what hygge in the North looks like. Minneapolis’ new mobile sauna unit created by the crew from 612 Sauna Society will be keeping the fires in the courtyard stoked.

Courtyard, Nelson Cultural Center

Join the Party

Limited ticket availability. Advanced registration recommended.

$15 ASI Members and $20 Non-Members


Purchase Tickets Online or call 612-871-4907

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About Cooper & Gorfer

Sarah Cooper, (U.S., 1974) and Nina Gorfer (Austria, 1979), who now live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany, traveled throughout Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands on assignment from exhibition producer The Nordic House in Reykjavik.  Their resulting large-scale,painting-like pieces are constructed with advanced collage techniques that combine photographs of work by some of the most gifted artists and designers of the West Nordic region including STEiNUNN, Barbara I Gongini, Kría, Nikolaj Kristensen, GUĐRUN & GUĐRUN, Bibi Chemnitz, Jessie Kleemann, Mundi and JÖR by Guðmundur Jörundsson.  

The accompanying installations display a 55-pound beaded collar, knitted garments, tulle and feathers, bone fragments, and full-sized mannequins in tailored suits. The Weather Diaries Film is a short “behind the scenes” documentary, filmed on location, giving voice to the designers and capturing the visual allure of these three island nations.

The Weather Diaries Exhibit at ASI

Video: The Weather Diaries

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