Spring Language Classes Begin the Week of March 27Monday, March 27, 2017 - 5:00pm
Swedish and Sweden For TravelersTuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:15pm
Beginning Swedish GrammarWednesday, March 29, 2017 - 9:30am
History of Minnesota’s Cooperative Movement & 612 Sauna Society’s Co-op LaunchWednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:30pm
Become an ASI Volunteer - Informational MeetingThursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
April Book DiscussionSunday, April 9, 2017 - 12:45pm
Book Launch - "Celebrations to Remember" with Soile Anderson & Eleanor OstmanWednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
Easter at the CastleSaturday, April 15, 2017 - 9:00am
Become an ASI Volunteer - Informational MeetingSaturday, April 15, 2017 - 1:00pm
Scandinavians in the State House: Klas Bergman Book ReleaseWednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:30pm
Kids at the Castle: April Showers Bring May FlowersFriday, April 21, 2017 - 9:00am
Kids at the Castle: April Showers Bring May FlowersSaturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00am
Luffarslöjd for YouthSunday, April 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
Liquid Music - Bedroom Community & FriendsTuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
Three Thoroughly Exhausting Days in StockholmWednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:00pm
Tapestry Weaving for YouthSunday, May 28, 2017 - 1:00pm
Nature & Found Object Mobiles for YouthSunday, June 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Pippi Day CampThursday, July 20, 2017 - 9:00am
Nordic Cooking and Culture Day CampThursday, July 27, 2017 - 9:00am
Viking Day CampThursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:00am
Pippi Day CampThursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:00am
Nordic Cooking and Culture Day CampThursday, August 17, 2017 - 9:00am
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)
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
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.