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Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 pm
Photographer Thora Dolven Balke discusses her artistic practice and the new works created for Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography.
About the artist
Thora Dolven Balke (b. 1982) has exhibited extensively in Norway and internationally. In 2008 she was part of Lights On – norsk samtidskunst at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Her work was later part of The Collectors as part of the 2009 Venice Biennial. She was one of two curators of the Lofoten International Art Festival in 2011 and co-funded and programmed the artist-run space REKORD in Oslo from 2006 to 2010. She is currently a resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, N.Y.
See also Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography in EXHIBITIONS section.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Schedule & Times TBA
Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People opens with an afternoon symposium offering in-depth perspectives on Sámi history, identity, and visual culture. The program will feature a panel discussion with contemporary Sámi Stories artists Britta Marakatt-Labba and Aslaug Juliussen, and curator Charis Gullikson of the Northern Norway Art Museum.
See also Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People in EXHIBITIONS section.
Thursday, March 13, 3 – 5 pm
Free, but RSVP required. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, March 11, 2014
U.N. agencies, governments, academia, and civil society have increasingly in recent years stressed the need to fight obstacles for gender equality in education and work life. This seminar addresses the range of different challenges and obstacles that still remain in the Nordic countries for gender equality within education and work life. The main focus will be on the fact that choices of young people are still very gender divided at all levels of education. Experts in the field of social and educational research will discuss challenges and possible measures to influence changes in gender-segregated work life and education.
A networking reception to follow the program.
Opening remarks by Mr. Dagfinn Høybråten
Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
Ms. Helga Aune
Postdoctoral research fellow, Ph.D – Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, Norway
Ms. Nanna Højlund
Vice President of Women’s Council in Denmark and Union official in Trade and Labour, Denmark
Ms. Berglind Rós Magnúsdóttir
Lecturer / Assisant Professor, School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland
Ms. Miriam Nordfors
Political Adviser, Sweden
Ms. Sara Sundell
Gender Equality Adviser, Folkhälsan (Social and Health Care Organisation), Finland
Moderator: Ms. Rósa Guðrún Erlingsdóttir
Special Adviser, Department of Social and Labour Market Affairs, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland
For more information, visit www.norden.org/CSW
The Expert Seminar has been arranged by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of the PEN World Voices Festival. Founded in 2005 under the direction of former PEN President Salman Rushdie, the World Voices Festival has hosted more than 1,400 writers from 78 countries, speaking 56 languages in an effort to engage international writers in dialogue about literature, art, and ideas to foster a worldwide literary community.
This annual showcase of writers from all over the world consists of several days of public panels, literary conversations, readings, and tributes held at venues throughout New York City. By convening international writers to discuss their relationships to their public and private selves, PEN World Voices aims to expand the dialogue on essential aspects of the human experience that promises to play a crucial role in the interactions of nations, peoples, and individuals for the foreseeable future.
Scandinavia House joins the festival as a co-sponsor and will host a series of programs. Please visit worldvoices.pen.org for schedule and more details.
Co-sponsored by the ASF with The National Academy Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter, on view at The National Academy Museum – February 27 through May 18, 2014
Lectures held at The National Academy Museum – 1083 5th Avenue (@ 89th Street), NYC
Emma Lamm Zorn: Philanthropist, Ethnographer, Woman, and Jew
Lecture by Dr. Michelle Facos, Indiana University
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 pm
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Emma Lamm Zorn was one of Sweden’s most energetic promoters of social equality and regional identity in her adopted province of Dalarna. The wife of Anders Zorn, she played an instrumental role in establishing Sweden’s first regional open-air museum, an orphanage, a community college dedicated to handicrafts, and in assembling an impressive collection of textiles, silver, and folk and fine art. While Anders spent extended periods away from his home town of Mora and died in 1920, Emma was busy at work administering, instigating, and organizing until her death in 1942. While the marriage of a peasant’s illegitimate artist-son to the daughter of a prosperous Stockholm merchant was an unusual alliance at the time, both spouses profited from the singular opportunities it presented.
About Michelle Facos
Michelle Facos is Professor of the History of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is an internationally-recognized expert on Swedish painting and has taught Scandinavian art at Växjö University and Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany. A contributor to the Luminous Modernism catalogue, her book Nationalism and the Nordic Imagination: Swedish Art of the 1890s (1998) investigates Swedish nature, nationalism, and art in the years around 1900, and her books Symbolist Art in Context (2009) and An Introduction to Nineteenth-Century Art (2011) incorporate Scandinavian art into mainstream European movements.
Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 pm
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Anders Zorn was arguably the most internationally successful of all the Scandinavian painters working in the 1890s. In his effort to make a place for himself as a Scandinavian modernist, Zorn fashioned a style that was at once internationally relevant and regionally peculiar. With particular attention to Zorn’s extended sojourns in Paris and the United States, the works he produced in these years, and the cultural luminaries he encountered and worked with, this talk will contextualize Zorn in the general emergence of Scandinavian art into the mainstream and evaluate his significance for this phenomenon.
About Dr. Thor J. Mednick
Dr. Thor J. Mednick, former Fellow of the ASF and the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation, is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Toledo. A recognized scholar of 19th-century art and an expert on turn-of-the-century art in Denmark, he has published on Peder Severin Krøyer and the artists’ colony in Skagen, Denmark, and is currently preparing a publication on the work of Vilhelm Hammershøi.
Mednick earned a Ph.D. in 2009 from Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Fine Arts, Department of the History of Art, specializing in the areas of 19th- and 20th-century European Art, with minors in African art, as well as European and American History. In 2003, he also earned an M.A. in Art History/Museum Studies, with a Museum Studies Certificate, form the University of Southern California, Art History Department. Prior to that, in 1993, Mednick earned a B.F.A in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema/Television. In spring 2003, he also studied at the University of Copenhagen, Institute of Fine Arts, taking written examinations in Modern Danish Art.
He is an internationally recognized expert with a solid record of publications, presentations, exhibitions, awards, fellowships and numerous works in progress.
A proven instructor in a variety of settings since 2003, Dr. Mednick has been affiliated since 2010 with Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), in Joplin, as a non-tenure stream Assistant Professor of Art. He was Visiting Scholar for the University of Copenhagen's Department of Art and Cultural Studies in 2009 – 2010 and for the Scandinavian Section at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 – 2009. He served as Visiting Lecturer, from 2006 to 2009 at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2005 at the Visual Arts and Media Studies Division at Pasadena City College.
At Indiana University, he was Instructor of Record in fall 2004 and spring 2005 as well as Teaching Assistant in fall 2003 and spring 2004. Between 2000 and 2003, he was also employed in a number of curatorial positions, including at the National Gallery of Art in Copenhagen; the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, California; and the Fisher Gallery at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.