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  • May 15, 2014


Rogue Ballerina Sally Rousse, Ivey Award Winning Director and Actor Peter Beard, and Finnish Textile Artist Siiri Korhonen, Bring ASI’S Summer Exhibits Alive For Visitors In Turnblad Mansion

The American Swedish Institute’s Turnblad Mansion will be teeming with creative life and art this summer thanks to a robust trio of Artists-In-Residence: ballerina Sally Rousse, director and actor Peter Beard and visiting Finnish textile artist Siiri Korhonen. As an organization positioned to connect globally, yet engage locally, ASI’s Artist In Residency Program encourages practicing artists to create new work from ASI’s collections or exhibition themes. 

The artists will offer their own unique interpretations of ASI’s exhibits The Image of Strindberg (Rousse and Beard), and The Living Tradition of the Ryijy: Finnish Rugs and their Makers (Korhonen).  The summer is set to be ASI’s busiest yet coming off of the museum’s largest non-holiday winter-spring season. Nearly 20,000 visitors came to see ASI’s winter-spring exhibit, Papercut! The Incredible Psaligraphy of Karen Bit Vejle.

“Through their range of performance and craft, these three artists, Sally Rousse, Peter Beard and Siiri Korhonen, awaken the characters and traditions The Image of Strindberg and The Living Tradition of Ryijy celebrate while taking their subjects to new, modern heights within the historic Turnblad Mansion,” said Scott Pollock, Director of Exhibitions, Collections and Programs.


(JUNE 11JULY 13, 2014)

[Photo: Star Tribune]

Sally Rousse, rogue dancer extraordinaire, will serve as ASI Artist-In-Residence from June 11— July 13, 2014.  Rousse will be ‘on display’ in the historic Salon Gallery, enclosed in a museum vitrine like a museum object, doing what a dance artist does. Visitors will get a glimpse into the life of a practicing dancer/choreographer – warming up, taking class, choreographing, rehearsing, sewing shoes, scheduling, having costume fittings, communicating, living. When Rousse is in, visitors will be welcome to adventure into the world of a dance artist. Artifacts and other evidence of her occupation of the vitrine will evolve over the course of the residency. Rousse's residency activates ASI's exhibit, The Image of Strindberg, showcasing the multiple sides of Sweden's most notorious author, August Strindberg. 

DanceMaker doubles as a creative workspace for Rousse, allowing her to explore the Eleanora character in a new dance production, KOM HIT!  KOM HIT! is co-produced with Noah Bremer and opens at the American Swedish Institute on June 24 and will run for three consecutive weeks.

DanceMaker allows Sally to work out the physicality of Eleanora, a character modeled after Strindberg's sister Elisabeth who was institutionalized, but wise, clairvoyant, angelic, wistful.

Rousse will be onsite in the gallery, Wednesdays and Sundays 1-3 p.m., from June 11 through July 13.  DanceMaker is included in museum admission.  For more information, visit


(Wednesdays July 2; July 9; July 16; July 23; July 30, 2014)


Peter Beard, award-winning director and co-founder of Minneapolis’ Theater Coup d’Etat, will serve as ASI Artist-In-Residence in July 2014.   Bringing ASI’s exhibit The Image of Strindberg to life, Beard will present a series of scenes from August Strindberg’s plays - short theatre performances followed by discussions that run consecutive Wednesday nights in the American Swedish Institute’s historic ballroom. 

In line with his theatre company’s mission to provoke an emotional and analytical response by showing the depth of the human condition through both classical and contemporary works, Beard’s “Scenes of Strindberg” invites audiences to travel through time by viewing the snapshots of Strindberg’s theatrical works in order of publication, seeing the author’s story and getting to know him through the lens of his plays.  Discussions will follow each performance, with the opportunity to learn more about what motivated Strindberg, how he dazzled audiences with innovative stage theatrics, and what role he played in the shaping of the theatre movement of his time and its influence on us today.

A new scene will be revealed each Wednesday night. Performances are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.   Performances are included with museum admission and no tickets or advanced reservations are required. 

Beard will also direct Strindberg’s classic play Miss Julie staged in the American Swedish Institute in October 2014. For more information, visit



(August 6 — 17, 2014)

Siiri Korhonen, emerging textile teaching artist from University of Helsinki’s Department of Teacher Education and Aalto University brings the Finnish tradition of ryijy to life in Turnblad Mansion as ASI’s Artist-In-Residence in August 2014.    Korhonen will demonstrate the process of ryijy rug making in the galleries during open museum hours, sharing her love of the craft and innovative insights on color composition and design.


Catch Korhonen in the Turnblad Mansion Galleries on the following dates:

Friday, Aug. 8 —  noon - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9 — noon- 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13 —  4 - 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15 —  noon -4  p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17 — noon - 4 p.m.

About the American Swedish Institute: The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization, museum, and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis.  ASI serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.  In 2013, the Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.”

ASI Museum Hours:  Tues, Thurs, Fri: noon-5 p.m.; Wed noon-8p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5p.m.; Sun. noon0-5p.m., closed Mon. Museum Admission: $9 adults, $7 ages 62 +, $5  ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID. Free for ASI members and kids ages 5 and under.


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