Wear Your Culture: Dressing Swedish, Dressing Oromo at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis (July 6 to Aug. 25)
The following is a series of events that celebrates the clothing/cultures of Sweden and Oromia for several weeks; mark your calendar accordingly to not miss this great celebration of cultures.
Photo: The American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wear Your Culture: Dressing Swedish, Dressing Oromo
Saturday, July 6, 2013, to Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013
Wear Your Culture is a two-part exhibition project created by the American Swedish Institute (ASI).
Around the world, every single morning, each and every one of us gets dressed. The clothes we wear fulfill basic needs of protection and creativity while at the same time communicating a sense of belonging and cultural heritage, especially for special occasions.
Presented as a whole, Wear Your Culture: Dressing Swedish, Dressing Oromo explores and honors the traditional clothing and rich cultural heritage of Minnesota’s immigrant communities past and present.
Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander
What does it mean to dress “Swedish”? Dressing Swedish gathers an abundance of costumes that speak to the diversity of the Swedish people. The Dressing Swedish exhibition contributes to the topic of embodiment of culture and culture on display. With focus on Sweden and Swedish-American culture, the exhibition shows how cultural heritage is created and re-created through dressing.
Dressing Swedish is a traveling exhibition from the Embassy of Sweden curated by Dr. Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius and Dr. Lizette Gradén, and supported by the Multicultural Society, Tumba in Sweden.
Oromo Young Generation of Minneapolis in partnership with the American Swedish Institute presents Dressing Oromo, highlighting the rich tradition of Oromo clothing and culture. Although the Oromo nation is one of the largest in Africa, its borders within present day Ethiopia, it is still unknown to the majority of the world. More than 20,000 Oromo now reside in Minnesota. High school and college Oromo-American students living in Minnesota share their cultural knowledge and pride in this unique companion exhibit and accompanying programs. Oromo Young Generation is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Congregation and exhibit/program development mentored by ASI.
Dressing Swedish Curator’s Gallery Tour
Saturday, July 6, 2013 — 2 p.m.
Join exhibit co-curator Dr. Lizette Gradén for a walking and talking tour. Included with admission. Tour is limited to 30 people; please check in at the admission desk.
A Celebration of Dressing Oromo
Sunday, July 7, 2013 — 1–4 p.m.
Exhibit opening with gallery talks, music, and video. Included with museum admission.
Oromo Cultural Awareness Afternoon
Sunday, August 18, 2013 — 1–4 p.m.
Gallery talks, music and video. Included with museum admission.
“Dressing Swedish: A Designer’s Perspective” Talk by Laurie Jacobi
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 — 6:30 p.m.
What does “Dressing Swedish” mean to a Swedish American? Textile designer Laurie Jacobi, whose work with Mary Jane Miller appears in the exhibition Dressing Swedish, will share her thoughts on the question and her inspiration in designing clothing that expresses her Swedish roots.
Laurie Jacobi graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign with a BFA in Graphic Design. Jacobi works with Mary Jane Miller, who has a BA in Studio Arts and Art History from the U of M.
Included with museum admission. Reservations are encouraged, but not mandatory; call 612-871-4907
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