Special Exhibit

“Chicago’s Families: Finding Home”

A Project of the Chicago Cultural Alliance
Sunday, June 7 – Sunday, Sept. 13

Exhibit Opening, Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Family Day, Friday, June 12, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Start with Art, Friday, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon
Lecture: Public Space and Cultural Diversity, Thursday, July 16, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Peter Nordberg Concert Celebrates “Finding Home,” Friday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Exhibit Closing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m.

Chicago’s Families is a multi-sited, collaborative exhibition created by members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance that explores what it means to be family in Chicago. With six anchor site exhibitions exploring different themes, it features cross-cultural educational programming and events, and an online exhibition through the CCA Shared Digital Archive. The Swedish American Museum is hosting one of the anchor exhibition sites, which it is co-curating with the Japanese American Service Committee, the National Public Housing Museum, and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Gender and Sexuality. This exhibition explores the concepts of home and belonging through historical and contemporary voices of Chicagoans.

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Coming Soon


Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 29

_img008Exhibit Opening Celebration: Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 p.m.
Start with Art: Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. – noon
Family Night: Friday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Exhibit Closing: Sunday, Nov. 29

_img016Albert Ivar Appleton came from Sweden to Chicago in 1885 and by 1903, he had founded Appleton Electric in Chicago at a time when the electric manufacturing industry was in its infancy. Appleton electric continues to innovate in the electric and lighting industry, now as a subsidiary of Emerson Electric. Through the years, Albert Ivar and his descendants were avid collectors of art and decorative arts, and the collection remains in the family today. The Swedish American Museum will curate an exhibit featuring this private art collection and personal photos in order to tell the story of the Appleton family as a Swedish American story of industrial success in Chicago.



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