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First Look–the Weather Diaries, Exhibition Preview Party


Mar 24, 2017
06:30 PM until 11:00 PM


First Look–The Weather Diaries, Exhibition Preview Party
Get a "First Look' at The Weather Diaries while partaking of live music and hands-on activities led by organizations including the Textile Center, with fiber-based jewelry making, and the 612 Sauna Society.  Specialty cocktails and curated appetizers are available from the award-winning FIKA Café for purchase. 

First Look special guests are exhibition creators Cooper & Gorfer (Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer) with Icelandic designer/installation artist, STEiNUNN 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 is an exhibition of striking, photographic artworks linked with one-of-a-kind gallery installations at the American Swedish Institute that 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 artistic duo Cooper & Gorfer, who will be special guests 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.

Sarah Cooper, (U.S., 1974) and Nina Gorfer (Austria, 1979), who now live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany, travelled 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.
$15 ASI Members / $20 Non-Members




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2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

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