Special Exhibit

Sacred & Secular: Artwork of Stuart Carlson

Thursday, Oct. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 27

stuart-carlson20 works of Stuart Carlson (1938-1980) will be on exhibit in our first-floor gallery from Thursday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 27. The son of Swedish immigrant parents in Chicago, the influential art instructor and prolific artist studied art and design from a young age. Several pieces on display are part of the Museum’s permanent collection, but the majority of the art will be on loan from Carlson’s former art students.

You are invited to join us on Friday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon for Start with Art, a morning fika series that encourages visitors to start their day with culture and coffee at the Museum, while enjoying our latest exhibit. Family Night will be held that evening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Crafts and activities featuring themes from the special exhibit will be offered for the whole family. Reservations are recommended and can be made via email to snyman@samac.org.

Special thanks to the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation for sponsoring this exhibit.

Please note that the gallery that features the above special exhibit may be closed for events. If you are making a special trip to the Swedish American Museum to view this exhibit, please call ahead to confirm that the gallery will be open during the time of your visit.

Songs of the Sea/Havets Sånger by Lana Stephens and Simon Petersson

Saturday, June 4 to Closing Date TBD

Songs of the Sea ExhibitSongs of the Sea is a collaborative, multimedia exhibition combining visual art and music. Opera singer and composer Simon Petersson of Sweden and visual artist Lana Stephens of Virginia met while working abroad in Florence, Italy and this exhibit is the result of their chance meeting on their way to an opera festival. Originally debuted at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, each work of visual art produced by Stephens is accompanied by one of ten classical songs composed by Petersson in his native Swedish. Stephen’s drawings were born of the the landscape of southern Sweden and Petersson composed the accompanying songs as part of a musical story of lost love and inescapable tragedy inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe poem “Annabel Lee.” Visitors will be able to view the artwork and listen to each piece in the intimate setting of our second-floor exhibit space.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by Swedish Council of America




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