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extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play.

Feb 28, 2020 to Jan 10, 2021

Click each image to hear stories from the original exhibition extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play.

This imaginative exhibition, produced by the American Swedish Institute, explores 29 objects from ASI’s collection and the stories behind them. The exhibition opened February 29 of 2020 – only a few weeks before the first closure due to COVID-19.

While the doors to the exhibition have remained closed, visitors are invited to discover the wonder of the featured objects and colorful room – from a kitchen ceiling covered with wooden spoons to a ballroom full of balls!

Welcome to an extraordinary exhibition where the object is on display, but the story is the star of the show.

Find the "extra" in the "ordinary" with our virtual tour!

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Tara and Nate

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. Find your copy in the ASI Museum Store

A romp through the Swedish alphabet

A to Zåäö: A Romp Through the Swedish Alphabet with ASI & U of MN Press

Explore more from the book that inspired it all, in this romp through the Swedish alphabet. Filmed and directed by Francis Sampah and produced by ASI and the University of Minnesota Press.

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Read other stories from the ASI community inspired by the exhibition in Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Stories.

See how the extra/ordinary was transformed for the holiday season in An extra/ordinary Holiday in Extraordinary Times.

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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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