Monthly Archives: September 2011

“30 Americans” exhibition of leading African American art opens at the Corcoran

Acclaimed sculptor Lilian Burwell and artist Stan SquirewellAcclaimed sculptor Lilian Burwell and artist Stan Squirewell

HUNDREDS OF art aficionados gathered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art last evening for the festive reception for the opening of “30 Americans,” an exhibition of many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

Kirsten Kaplan of Haus Interior DesignKirsten Kaplan of Haus Interior Design

A variety of performances was part of the opening receptionA variety of performances was part of the opening reception

SELECTED FROM the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with younger and emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. “30 Americans” explores how each artist reckons with the notion of black identity in America, navigating such concerns as the struggle for civil rights, popular culture, and media imagery. At the same time, it highlights artistic legacy and influence, tracing subject matter and formal strategies across generations.

Artwork by Iona Rozeal Brown titled, "Sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshicoshi's 'Drowsy the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era')," 2007 Artwork by Iona Rozeal Brown titled, “Sacrifice #2: it has to last (after Yoshicoshi’s ‘Drowsy the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era’),” 2007

“30 AMERICANS” will be on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at 500 17th St., N.W., in Washington, D.C., through February 12. For more information, visit www2.corcoran.org/30americans/      

Performance at the opening receptionPerformance at the opening reception

Artwork by Jeff Sonhouse Artwork by Jeff Sonhouse “Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze,” 2005.

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Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa visited G?teborg Book Fair

Peruvian Nobel Prize winner and admirers holding the Swedish language version of the author's recent book Peruvian Nobel Prize winner and admirers holding the Swedish language version of the author’s recent book “Keltens Dr?m” (“The Dream of the Celt”).

THE GERMAN language in Germany, Austria and Switzerland was the focus of this year’s G?teborg (Gothenburg, Sweden) Book Fair (http://www.book-bibliotek.se/en/). But that didn’t prevent last year’s Nobel Prize winner in literature, Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, from participating at the fair, together with Romanian-born German novelist and Nobel laureate Herta M?ller.

Mario Vargas Llosa discusses his literature during his visit to V?ldskulturmuseet (The World's Culture Museum). Mario Vargas Llosa discusses his literature during his visit to V?ldskulturmuseet (The World’s Culture Museum).

Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa visited G?teborg Book FairPeruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa visited G?teborg Book FairTHE FOUR-DAY long literary festival and extravaganza took place September 22-25 at the Swedish Exhibition Center in G?teborg. The many people who attended enjoyed meeting and listening to Nobel Prize winners Mr. Vargas Llosa and Ms. M?ller as well as other famous authors and publishers.

MANY ADMIRERS were also able to meet with Mr. Vargas Llosa when he visited the nearby V?ldskulturmuseet (The World’s Culture Museum), and discussed his literature and signed his books.

Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa visited G?teborg Book FairNobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

Euro Night 2011 – European celebration in Washington, D.C.

“Hug a Swede” – Swedish youngsters at their country’s table.

THE “DOOM and gloom” of the euro crisis didn’t stop the EU embassies in Washington, D.C. from celebrating their traditional fall event Euro Night on Friday evening, September, 23. At this popular – and sold out — event at La Maison Fran?ise on Reservoir Road, guests sampled delicious food and beverages from each EU country (the question is whether Germany and Spain had the longest food lines!), and gather information about the various countries. Several live concerts completed the ambiance and delivered vibrant rhythms from Europe.

Xavier Ruiz and Octavio Medina at the popular Spanish table. Xavier Ruiz and Octavio Medina at the popular Spanish table.

Leena Viljanen and Katrin ReinhartLeena Viljanen and Katrin Reinhart

Britt-Marie Forslund and Joakim Bong-Henriksson from the Embassy of SwedenBritt-Marie Forslund and Joakim Bong-Henriksson from the Embassy of Sweden

Spanish DJ Digital 21 in action.Spanish DJ Digital 21 in action.

The Finnish table offered a variety of the country's delicacies. The Finnish table offered a variety of the country’s delicacies.

MUSICAL entertainers included the Irish band Sean McComiskey and Shannon Dunne, the Polish band GRONIK, Greek dancers from Georgetown and George Mason University Greek Dancers, and later the guests took over the dance floor with music by Spanish DJ Digital 21, whose name is Miguel L?ez Mora.

The German tableThe line to the German table — with its traditional dishes such as sausages and Spaten beer — was one of the longest.

Cutting Jamon Serrano at the Spanish table.Cutting Jamon Serrano at the Spanish table.

Embassy of Sweden offered a tasty Swedish moose dish and a blueberry vodka drink. Embassy of Sweden offered a tasty Swedish moose dish and a blueberry vodka drink.

Representatives of the Embassy of the Czech RepublicRepresentatives of the Embassy of the Czech Republic

Irish performers Shannon Dunne and Sean McComiskeyIrish performers Shannon Dunne and Sean McComiskey

Representatives of the Embassy of LithuaniaRepresentatives of the Embassy of Lithuania

Representatives of the Embassy of SpainRepresentatives of the Embassy of Spain

Swedish American Green Alliance Networking Event held at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Elin Hofverberg, Jan Ahlen and Anna WiinbergElin Hofverberg, Jan Ahlen and Anna Wiinberg

“SWEDISH AMERICAN Green Alliance (S.A.G.A.) – A Framework for Green Growth” was the title of a networking event at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Thursday afternoon, September, 22.

PROGRAM SPEAKERS included Dr. Ewa Bj?rling, Swedish Minister for Trade; Deborah McCarthy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Josephine Bahr Ljungdell, Director International Secretariat, Swedish Energy Agency; Tim Richards, Managing Director for Energy Policy, General Electric; and Stefan Bergstr?m, VP Region Americas, Swedish Trade Council.

SWEDISH AMBASSADOR to the U.S. Jonas Hafstr?m gave the welcoming remarks.

THE EVENT was sponsored by Exportr?et, Swedish Trade Council; Embassy of Sweden; and U.S. Embassy in Stockholm.

Ann-Sofie Nilsson, S.A.G.A. Program Manager at the Swedish Trade Council, and Josephine Bahr Ljungdell, Director International Secretariat, Swedish Energy Agency.Ann-Sofie Nilsson, S.A.G.A. Program Manager at the Swedish Trade Council, and Josephine Bahr Ljungdell, Director International Secretariat, Swedish Energy Agency.

Johannes Fyrpil, Saab North America, Inc., Emmy Melander, SACC-USA, and Michael H?glund, Saab North America, Inc.Johannes Fyrpil, Saab North America, Inc., Emmy Melander, SACC-USA, and Michael H?glund, Saab North America, Inc.

Ewa Bj?rling, Swedish Minister for Trade; Josephine Bahr Ljungdell, Director International Secretariat, Swedish Energy Agency; and Deborah McCarthy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, U.S. DepartmEwa Bj?rling, Swedish Minister for Trade; Josephine Bahr Ljungdell, Director International Secretariat, Swedish Energy Agency; and Deborah McCarthy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Ewa Bj?rling, Swedish Minister for Trade, gives her speech with the title Dr. Ewa Bj?rling, Swedish Minister for Trade, gives her speech with the title “Turning Challenges into Possibilities – The S.A.G.A. Initiative.”

Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m welcomes guests to the S.A.G.A. networking event at the House of Sweden. Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m welcomes guests to the S.A.G.A. networking event at the House of Sweden.

Swedish Cultural Counselor Eva Bergquist will speak at a SACU luncheon

SWEDISH Cultural Counselor Eva Bergquist will be the lunch speaker at a SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) luncheon on Monday, September 26 in Washington, D.C. The title of the program is “One year as a Cultural Counselor.”

IN HER career, Eva Bergquist has held numerous positions at the Ministry for Cultural Affairs. The last two years she was Head of the Section for Culture and the Conditions for Creators of Culture. Additionally, she has held positions within the Documentary Film Industry in Paris and in Stockholm. She has been a producer for joint ventures of the National Theatre, Dramaten, in Stockholm and the Swedish Public Television’s Drama Department.

MS. BERGQUIST is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and has studied at the Soviet Film Academy (VGIK) as well as at the University of Stockholm.

THE SACU luncheon will be held at Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., on the Washington waterfront, beginning at 12 noon with “no host” cocktails and concluding by 2 p.m. Member cost is $25.00, non-members $29.00. Parking is available in the Channel Inn parking garage. For reservations: gustafsonm@comcast.net by Friday, September 23.

Washington based Art Soiree celebrates its Second Anniversary Gala

Sandro Kereselidze and Tati Pastukhova, founders of the Art SoireeSandro Kereselidze and Tati Pastukhova, founders of the Art Soiree

ART SOIREE (www.theartsoiree.com), a well-established arts and entertainment company based in Washington, D.C., held its Second Anniversary Gala at Buddha Bar on Sunday evening, September, 18. The company was founded by Sandro Kereselidze and Tati Pastukhova in September 2009, with the goal to showcase emerging talent in the visual arts, short film, music and performance art. Its mission is to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of art in its many forms through production of multiple art events.

SUNDAY’S event offered an evening of music and dance, and a special guest performance by DJ Donald Syriani.

Howard J. Lee and Erika Gutierrez of epg PR. Howard J. Lee and Erika Gutierrez of epg PR.

Becca Collins and Sean McDonaldBecca Collins and Sean McDonald

Earl D. Rasmussen, Kaleidoscope Group, LLC; Tati Pastukhova and Sandro Kereselidze of Art SoireeEarl D. Rasmussen, Kaleidoscope Group, LLC; Tati Pastukhova and Sandro Kereselidze of Art Soiree

The Art Soiree's Second Anniversary GalaThe Art Soiree’s Second Anniversary Gala

“Sculpture on the Grounds” exhibition opens at Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C.

Artists Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Dalya LuttwakArtists Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Dalya Luttwak

GUESTS admired sculptures by Washington artists Martha Jackson-Jarvis and Dalya Luttwak at an opening reception for the exhibition “Sculpture on the Ground,” Thursday evening, September, 15 at The Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. Both of the artists talked about their art during the reception program.

THE SCULPTURES were recently installed by the artists in the Kreeger Sculpture Garden during this second invitational exhibition co-curated by Judy A. Greenberg and Vivienne Lassman.

EACH ARTIST responded to the natural setting with various interpretations, Dalya Luttwak with a site-specific installation - “When Nature Takes Over” – a sculpture of painted steel, roots and vines. And Martha Jackson-Jarvis with a piece that was originally conceived some years earlier – “Markings,” made of steel and concrete.

Dalya Luttwak in front of her sculpture - Dalya Luttwak in front of her sculpture – “When Nature Takes Over,” 2011 – of painted steel, roots and vines, at The Kreeger Museum’s tennis court.

Martha Jackson-Jarvis beside her sculpture, Martha Jackson-Jarvis beside her sculpture, “Markings,” 2000, consisting of concrete and steel.

“SCULPTURE ON THE GROUNDS” is a collaboration between The Kreeger Museum and Washington Sculptors Group Collaborate.

Eric Denker of the National Gallery of Art, Valeria Caflisch of the Kreeger Museum and Erich Keel of the Kreeger MuseumEric Denker of the National Gallery of Art, Valeria Caflisch of the Kreeger Museum and Erich Keel of the Kreeger Museum

“ABBA – The Concert” performed at Wolf Trap outside Washington, D.C.

ABBA - The Concert performance at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. Photo: Neshan NaltchayanABBA – The Concert performance at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

ABBA – The Concert, a tribute to the Swedish pop group ABBA featuring the band Waterloo, performed at the Filene Center at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center in suburban Washington Sept. 11, thrilling their fans with all of ABBA’s longtime favorites.

ABBA emerged in Europe after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with the song “Waterloo.” The group saw one success after another in the following years, with songs like “Dancing Queen,” “Mama Mia!,” “Take a Chance on Me” and more.

The audience at Wolf Trap enjoyed ABBA - The Concert September, 11. Photo: Neshan NaltchayanThe audience at Wolf Trap enjoyed ABBA – The Concert September, 11. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Since its inception in 1996, ABBA – The Concert has paid tribute to one of the greatest pop groups of all time with more than 1,000 shows all over the world, performing to sold-out crowds in the United States, Germany, Japan and other parts of the globe. It is known for its fantastic ABBA-sound and the stunning live “ABBA-esque” performance. Critics agree, “This is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.” The Official ABBA Fan Club has named them “the best ABBA tribute band in the world.”

The audience at Wolf Trap enjoyed ABBA - The Concert September, 11. Photo: Neshan H. NaltchayanABBA – The Concert performance at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

The audience at Wolf Trap enjoyed ABBA - The Concert September, 11. Photo: Neshan H. NaltchayanABBA – The Concert performance at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap drew a big crowd on Sunday, Sept. 11. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

SACC-DC’s Swedish Crayfish 2011 Party held at the House of Sweden in Washington

Barbara Baffer, Ericsson, President of SACC Washington, D.C., and Thomas Unander-Scharin, SACC-DC, a leader in the effort to launch a U.S. KTH (The Stockholm Institute of Technology) Alumni Group.Barbara Baffer, Ericsson, President of SACC Washington, D.C., and Thomas Unander-Scharin, SACC-DC, a leader in the effort to launch a U.S. KTH (The Stockholm Institute of Technology) Alumni Group.

THE WASHINGTON Chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-DC, www.sacc-dc.org) held its traditional Crayfish Party on Wednesday evening, September 14, at the House of Sweden in Georgetown.

THE FESTIVE event started with a welcome drink on the beautiful rooftop, and was followed by a buffet dinner in the building’s Anna Lindh Hall. The crayfish tradition goes back to 17th century Sweden, and guests, wearing special party hats, eat crayfish and drink beer and aquavit. Additionally Snaps Songs (or traditional Swedish drinking songs) – such as “Helan g?” and “Vi ?er skridsko p?morsans golv” - were sung during the meal.

Elin Hofverberg, Patrik Lindkvist and Cecily RaynorElin Hofverberg, Patrik Lindkvist and Cecily Raynor

BARBARA BAFFER, President of SACC Washington D.C., and Jonathan Miller, VP Government Relations and Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America, delivered welcoming remarks, and Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m was the special guest speaker.

THE DINNER was sponsored by Volvo Group North America and IKEA.

Terrie Nelson, Paul Johnson and Alec C. ZacaroliTerrie Nelson, Paul Johnson and Alec C. Zacaroli

Ryan Emge and Farleigh WolfeRyan Emge and Farleigh Wolfe

Craig Crutchfield, Carina Olsson and Jerker TaudienCraig Crutchfield, Carina Olsson and Jerker Taudien

Guests gather at the House of Sweden's Rooftop for a Welcome Drink.Guests gather at the House of Sweden’s Rooftop for a Welcome Drink.

View over the Potomac River from the House of Sweden.View over the Potomac River from the House of Sweden.