"extra/ordinary: First Look"


*POSTPONED* Extra/Ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play.

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Feb. 28-July 5
Time Varies
Included with museum admission; $15-$20 opening party
Art, Museums

The American Swedish Institute celebrates its 90th birthday with “extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play.” The exhibition highlights a selection of 29 objects from its permanent collection, many on view for the first time ever, and shares the stories behind each item. Among them is a 20-foot Dala horse. The children’s toy, traditionally carved out of wood and painted bright colors, comes from the Swedish province of Dalarna, and is often used as a symbol of Swedish culture. ASI will also be opening select rooms of the Turnblad mansion for the first time in 10 years, using the space to bring a new picture book, A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute, to life. The book features Nate Christopherson’s pen and ink drawings, and watercolor images by Tara Sweeney. At the museum, different rooms pair these works with historical artifacts such as carvings, photographs, textiles, and musical instruments. At the preview party this Friday, February 28, from 7 to 10 p.m., there will be hands-on activities, games, and live music, plus refreshments and cocktails available for purchase from FIKA.