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extra/ordinary - The American Swedish Institute. At Play

Feb 28, 2020 to Oct 05, 2020

Find the extra in the ordinary!

extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play is an imaginative new exhibition produced by the American Swedish Institute that celebrates its 90th anniversary and explores 29 objects from ASI’s collection and the stories behind them. While it is temporarily closed to the public, we invite you to view a virtual tour of the exhibition in the slide show below and read other stories, inspired by the exhibition, about meaningful objects. 

Visitors are invited to not only re-discover the wonder of featured objects, many on public display for the first time, plus view newly opened rooms in the Turnblad Mansion, but also encounter such surprises as a kitchen ceiling lined with colored wooden spoons, a room where you can color on the walls and a ballroom full of balls.

extra/ordinary was inspired by the picture book A to Zäåö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) which features original watercolor paintings and ink illustrations by the Minnesota mother-son team of Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson.

Explore aspects of the exhibition online and discover how ordinary objects become extraordinary through the stories they tell.

Ticket Info

Free for members.
Admission info for non-members.

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Sponsors

extra/ordinary is produced by the American Swedish Institute. Lead support provided by IKEA. Major support provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Karin Larson, Leslie Nelson, Lisa Paulson, Mike and Barb Nelson, Joanne Reisberg, Chris and Chick Lane, Laurie Jacobi and Cotty Lowry, Willow Hagens, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and ASI’s members and donors. ASI’s hotel partner is the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The exhibition’s media partner is the Star Tribune.

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