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3rd Floor Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm (Wednesday until 7 pm)

ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place

Friday, October 10, 2014 through Saturday, January 10, 2015
Free admission | #IcelandArt

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ASF Members' Preview

Thursday, October 9, 3 – 6 pm

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Opening Reception

Thursday, October 9, 7 – 9 pm

ICELAND: Artists Respond to PlaceICELAND: Artists Respond to Place focuses on the rich and complex relationship of contemporary Icelandic artists to the singular geography of their country—one of the most geologically dynamic places on earth. The exhibition features 11 of Iceland’s leading contemporary artists whose works cover a broad range of formal approaches and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, site-specific wall drawings, and video installations.

Icelandic artists are attuned to perpetual environmental flux, to physical changes in the land brought on by shifting geologic plates and volcanic eruptions, and the alternating solar rhythms of summer’s unending daylight and winter’s unsparing darkness. They have a heightened awareness of the environment as a dynamic, living entity—a place of extremes and dualities. With its fiery volcanoes, glacial ice caps, powerful waterfalls, and unpredictable, often-violent atmospheric conditions, the austere, beguiling landscape of Iceland functions as muse and material for many Icelandic artists.

ICELAND: Artists Respond to PlaceICELAND: Artists Respond to Place features the work of Birgir Andrésson, Guðrún Einarsdóttir, Olafur Eliasson, Georg Guðni Hauksson, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Eggert Pétursson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, and Þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir.

The exhibition is curated by Pari Stave and organized by the Katonah Museum of Art. Stave is an independent curator based in New York. Her recent exhibitions include MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image (Scandinavia House, 2013; co-curated with Patricia G. Berman); New Wave Finland: Contemporary Photography from the Helsinki School (Scandinavia House, 2013; co-curated with Timothy Persons); and the exhibition Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle (1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 2014). From 2011-2013 she served as Consulting Curator for Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

ICELAND: Artists Respond to PlaceAbout the Katonah Museum of Art

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) originates ten to twelve exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts, and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools.

Audio Guide

Friday, October 10, 2014 through
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Free (no cost except your minutes)

Learn more about ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place with your cellphone! Hear the exhibition’s artists and curator share their thoughts on several exhibition highlights and walk you through the gallery. Call 212.514.0013 to begin the tour.

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Exhibition icon Exhibition-related Programs

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Uncommon Ground: Artists and the Icelandic Landscape

Thursday, October 9, 6 pm

ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place opens with an introductory talk by curator Pari Stave and a conversation between featured artists, including Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Guðjón Ketilsson, Eggert Pétursson, and Ragna Róbertsdóttir, moderated by Pari Stave and critic Gregory Volk.

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React! Exploring and Responding to New York
Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators

Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, October 18 through November 22, 2014
$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $68 ($56 ASF Members) | Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged

Motivated by ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place, children will represent their own “places” and spaces in New York City. Utilizing a variety of media, they will respond to the light and darkness, sounds and silence, construction and destruction, movement and stillness of the city's diverse neighborhoods.

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Art Afterhours

Tuesdays, 6 – 8 pm, October 21 & November 18, 2014

The 3rd Floor Gallery is open late with extended gallery hours once a month. Enjoy new Nordic music, grab a refreshment, and explore the current exhibition ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place after hours, while socializing with other art enthusiasts.

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Decoda: New Music from Iceland’s Við Djúpið Music Festival

Thursday, October 30, 8 pm
$15 ($10 ASF Members)

For the past three summers, NYC-based ensemble Decoda has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Við Djúpið Music Festival in Ísafjörður, Iceland. This concert presents a program of new music and recent compositions from the festival, including work by composers Daníel Bjarnason, Benjamin Britten, Ellis Ludwig Leone, Halldór Smárason, and Anton Svanberg.

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The Cliff – Depth of Darkness/Hraunið

Wednesdays @ 7 pm & Fridays @ 6:30 pm
December 3 through 12, 2014 $10 ($17 ASF Members)

When Reykjavík crime detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson) is called in to investigate a suicide case on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the case turns out to be far from simple. Pulled into a sinister trail of evidence, Runarsson’s own deeply hidden secrets are unearthed. But when his daughter is kidnapped, will he have to turn a blind eye to murder to save her life?

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Beneath the Ice: Contemporary Icelandic Poetry

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:30 pm

Despite its remote location and small population, Iceland has an extremely vibrant contemporary poetry scene. Through conversation and performance editor Helen Mitsios and translator Sola Bjarnadóttir-O’Connell will introduce four of the country’s most celebrated contemporary writers: poets Einar Már Guðmundsson, Didda Jónsdóttir, Gerður Kristný, and poet/song-writer Megas.

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Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers: Hildur Queen of the Elves & Other Icelandic Tales

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 11 am
Free | Ages 5+

An hour of trolls, elves, huldufólk (hidden people), and the folks they meet with Bill Gordh and his banjo.

ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place is curated by Pari Stave and organized by the Katonah Museum of Art. Special thanks to Alcoa Foundation, Hon. Charles and Mrs. Monika Heimbold and The Heimbold Foundation, Hon. Lyndon L. and Mrs. Kay Olson, Charles K. and Linda Barbo, Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg, Linda and Gerald Nordberg, Bernt and Kjersti Reitan, Christian and Sally Sonne, Thorstenn & Thorstenn, Inger McCabe Elliott, Helen W. Marx, Steven B. Peri, Virginia and Thor Thors, Jr., Hrafnhildur and Kristján T. Ragnarsson, and Magnús Gústafsson, and to our Icelandic corporate sponsors Eimskip, Landsbankinn hf., Landsvirkjun, Promens hf., Siminn, Blue Lagoon, and GAMMA. Exhibition-related children’s programming is supported in part by a grant from the Sonja Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge the Foreign Ministry of Iceland, The Icelandic Consulate General in New York, and Iceland Naturally for their support of the exhibition and related programming, and Icelandair for its assistance with transportation. Additional support has been provided by The Icelandic Cultural Fund and other funds of the ASF.


ICELAND: The Fire Within

Friday, October 10, 2014 through Saturday, January 10, 2015
Victor Borge Hall Lobby

Award-winning American-Scandinavian filmmaker Eric Heimbold presents a cinematic meditation on the spirit of Iceland, on view in the Victor Borge Hall Lobby of Scandinavia House.

Voyage to the Virtual: Nordic Digital Art

Opening January 2015

The first Scandinavia House exhibition dedicated to digital art, Voyage to the Virtual presents moving image artworks by Nordic artists working with video, interactive, and virtual performance. Exploring new Nordic interpretations of visual space – the cinematic, architectural, and conceptual – the exhibition invites visitors on a perceptual voyage into the realm of the virtual.

Voyage to the Virtual: Nordic Digital Art is curated by Tanya Toft, Curator and Ph.D. Fellow at Copenhagen University, and organized by The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

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Press Information

To request visual materials and further press information, please contact:
Kate Erickson, Scandinavia House/The American-Scandinavian Foundation
or 212.847.9717