December 11, 2015 – February 28, 2016
Denmark, Norway and Sweden share a “spirited”
tradition of enjoying beer and aquavit – sometimes together,
sometimes separately. This exhibition explores the cultural
history of these beverages, follows those drinking traditions to
Scandinavian-American communities, and answers questions like
“What IS aquavit, anyway?” and “How do you
‘skål’ correctly?” Fun,
informative, and engaging, this exhibition will travel to
Scandinavian museums across the United States between 2015 and
Image: Aquavit from
Old Ballard Liquor Co. on display at Yulefest 2014. Photo by Jason
The First Floor
The Dream of America
is the story of immigration
told in an exhibit of life-like dioramas. Travel with your family
back to the nineteenth-century Scandinavian countryside to begin
the journey to America, starting with the move to the city. The
voyage continues as you board a ship to make the Atlantic crossing,
and land at Ellis Island. The adventure goes on to experiences in
New York, and the expansion to the Midwest, Great Plains, and
Pacific Northwest, ending in Ballard. Here the growth and
development of a typical small Northwest community is displayed,
complete with a post office, church, drug store, blacksmith shop,
and a family home.
The Second Floor
The Promise of the Northwest includes two galleries that focus on
the logging and fishing industries, which employed many immigrants
who brought skills learned in the old country. These galleries show
the contributions of the Nordic pioneers to the settlement of the
Pacific Northwest. The Folk Art Galleries display treasured and
useful items the immigrants brought with them, including folk
costumes, textiles, tools, and furniture. Temporary art, history,
and heritage exhibits are housed in the three galleries at the west
end of the hall.
The Third Floor
The third floor exhibitions illustrate the differences and the
common bonds among the Scandinavian people. There is one gallery
for each of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
Norway, and Sweden. Each gallery highlights that group’s special
achievements in the Pacific Northwest.
PLU at 125: Lutheran Education on the Frontier
September 26 - November 10, 2015
Scandinavian Immigrants to
North American brought with them the core values of their home countries,
including a deep appreciation for education. Based on the philosophy of Martin
Luther, establishing schools was a top priority for Nordic communities across
the United States. Pacific Lutheran University was founded by Norwegian Lutheran
ministers in 1890, the first such institution west of the Rockies. This
exhibition chronicles how Lutheran educational ideals have been pushed to
encompass a greater and greater segment of society, both at Pacific Lutheran
University and back in Scandinavia. It is produced by the Scandinavian Cultural
Center at PLU as a traveling exhibition in recognition of PLU’s 125th
and Carry On: The Ivar Haglund Story
August 14 – November 8, 2015
Keep Clam and Carry On: The Ivar
Haglund Story consists of 3-dimensional objects, film, and
photographs that document seafood magnate and global adventurer
Ivar Haglund’s extraordinary life and
accomplishments—emphasizing his Scandinavian heritage,
innovation and entrepreneurship.
"Boxing Up the Past,
Packing for the Future"
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The Nordic Heritage Teen Council presents “Boxing up the Past,
Packing for the Future”. Now on view on the 3rd Floor.
The NHTC explored the idea of moving to an unfamiliar place, a
prevalent theme at the Nordic Heritage Museum, and asked these
questions: What would it be like to move to another country and
what in the world would you take with you, especially if you could
only choose a few possessions to bring? The NHTC created this
exhibit to answer these questions, and to compare the experience of
moving to a new place in the past, to what it might be like
Learn more about the Teen Council on
our Education page.
12 – July 26, 2015
Finland: Designed Environments looks at the explosion of creativity in Finnish design over the last 15 years.
Examples of furnishings, fashion, and craft, as well as architecture and urbanism, illustrate how nearly every
aspect of Finnish life incorporates thoughtful design thinking—from city streets and summer homes to fashion and
food—and is marked by sensitivity to form and material. The exhibition is the first significant U.S. museum presentation
since the 1990s to examine contemporary Finnish design.
Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Image: Jopo bicycle, 2000 (update of 1965 design). Eero Rislakki and Erkki Rahikainen (designer of 1965 original model), Erkki Rahikainen (engineer of original model), Markku Autero (designer of 2000 model)
Diana Velasco: Dual Exposures
April 4 – June 21, 2015
Dual Exposures by Diana Velasco explores two bodies ofwork: the
“Portraits” series highlights subjects who have a
Danish parent and a non-Danish parent, presented twice in each
photograph to illustrate the two cultural and national backgrounds
they carry. The “Family Album” feature snapshots from
the photographer’s family albums, where she has manipulated
and mixed pictures of her parents and herself. Through the pictures
she imagine what her life would have been like if she had grown up
in Spain instead of in Denmark.
The exhibition is particularly
timely, as Danish citizenship policies are currently undergoing a
fundamental change. While traditionally dual citizenship has not
been possible in Denmark– forcing people to choose between
two identities–the Danish parliament recently voted to
approve dual citizenship. The law change is expected to come into
force in the summer of 2015.
Image: "1/2 - Portraits, Ramon" photograph by Diana Velasco
Warner Sallman: The Master Painter
April 11, 2015 - April 21, 2015
A son of Finnish and Swedish immigrants, the Chicago-born commercial artist and
painter Warner Sallman (1892-1968) has been cited by the New York Times as one of the
most recognized artists of the 20th century. Sallman’s most popular and iconic image,
the Head of Christ, has been reproduced over 1 billion times. A selection of Sallman’s
works, both Christian and secular, will be displayed on the second floor from April
11-21 at the Nordic Heritage Museum.
Image: The Head of Christ by Warner Sallman
Maria Coryell-Martin, Kristin Laidre & Finnish photographer
December 12, 2014 – February 22, 2015
This interdisciplinary exhibit explores the impact of climate
change on West Greenland’s ecology and culture through the work of
three women: marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre,
expeditionary artist Maria
, and Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen.
The exhibit will center around the impact of climate change in the
Arctic and sea ice loss on narwhals and polar bears. These iconic
species of the Arctic are highly adapted to the extreme polar
environment, and are also an integral part of Greenlandic culture
as subsistence resources.
In the spring of 2013, Coryell-Martin accompanied Dr. Laidre to
West Greenland where she created a collection of field art and
stories about scientific research in the Arctic environment.
Itkonen’s evocative photographs of the Greenland landscape and
Inuit add an additional perspective on the rhythm of life in the
Learn more at imagingthearctic.org
Image: watercolor of Kullorsuaq, Greenland by Maria
The Color of
Time: Ballard from Dusk to Dawn
September 19 – November 16, 2014
Tod Gangler’s newest body of photographic work is a collection of
views and visions of Ballard as it appears in the 21st century. He
captures Ballard at all times of day, encompassing various notions
of time, from hours to seasons and years. This extensive exhibition
will showcase Gangler’s photography, which is simultaneously
fleeting and fixed, providing multiple dimensions of particular
Support for The Color of Time: Ballard from Dusk to
Dawn was provided by:and the
Maurer Family Foundation
October 10 – November 9, 2014
Odin's Eye art exhibit seeks to
build an inspirational bridge between Americans and Icelanders as
artists visually interpret theNorse
Mythology through various mediums. Participating artists
Sindri Már Sigfússon
Michael Linton Simpson
. The exhibit is sponsored by Icelandair
Cargo and Iceland Naturally.
Home Sweet Home
September 12-September 30
This installation of work and related drawings by French artist
Laurence Landois is inspried by the story of Edith Macefield, who
famously turned down one million dollars to sell her home in
Ballard to make way for commercial development. The installation is
guest-curated by Laurie LeClair.
and Bang & Olufsen.
Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of
Modern: Design for Living
May 16 – August 31, 2014
The Nordic Heritage Museum went “Mad Men” with the
eye-catching and interactive exhibition Danish Modern: Design for
Living. On view from May 16 through August 31, the exhibit
highlighted the unique furnishing designed and made in Denmark
during the 1950s and 1960s.
Dozens of vintage pieces from the period were on display by
designers such as Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Niels Otto
Møller, Borge Mogensen, and Hans Wegner. Wegner is featured with
his most popular designs including the Round Chair, later known
simply as “the Chair” after it gained wide popularity in televised
presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
In addition, light fixtures, tablewares and serving pieces, and
toys were included in the exhibition, as well as examples of
marketing campaigns that brought Danish design to American
consumers. Visitors could also listen to six contemporary Danish
designers describe their work in relation to the question “What
makes design Danish?”
The exhibition was produced by the Museum of Danish America in Elk
Image: Egg chair and ottoman by Arne Jacobsen, designed in 1958.
Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art
Exhibition support was provided by
December 13, 2013 - April 27, 2014
Glass is a part of everyday life for people all over the world, and
in Sweden glass art is considered an institution. For many years,
glass art in the country was defined by traditional techniques and
patterns passed down through an apprentice system at glass
factories in Glasriket (The Kingdom of Glass) in the region of
Småland, where 15 of Sweden’s 16 glassworks are located. Following
consolidations, buyouts, closure, and the globalization of the
Swedish glass industry, new artists are interested in exploring
their own artistic voices and challenging expectations of what
glass should be.
The exhibition Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of
revealed the works of young, contemporary Swedish glass
artists, how they relate to their predecessors, and how they are
addressing the future of glass. Swedish artists featured in the
exhibit include Peter Hermansson, Annika Jarring, Åsa Jungnelius,
Ingalena Klenell, Simon Klenell, Helena Kågebrand, Matilda Kästel,
Ludvig Löfgren, Fredrik Nielsen, and Karl Magnus Nilsson.
In collaboration with the Glass Factory in Boda, Sweden, and
specifically for this exhibition, each of the artists selected
objects from the Glass Factory’s extensive collection to use as a
reference to create their own original work. The pieces that served
as inspiration were displayed alongside the new works, including
pieces by Monica Backström, Kjell Engman, Hertha Hillfon, Ulrica
Hydman-Vallien, Erik Höglund, Vicke Lindstrand, Bengt Lindström,
and Bertil Vallien.
Exhibition support was provided by:
Endowment for the Arts
, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass
, Seattle Office of
Arts & Culture
, and the Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff Fund for
the Decorative and Design Arts.
Photo: work by Fredrik Nielsen.
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