Monthly Archives: February 2014

Exhibition with Sweden’s Master Painter Anders Zorn opens at the National Academy Museum in New York

A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE of Swedish Master Painter Anders Zorn (1860-1920) opened at the National Academy Museum on Thursday, Feb. 27, in New York. The exhibition features 90 rarely seen works drawn from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States and reveals the vibrant artistic personality of the painter.

ZORN, a watercolorist, painter, etcher and sculptor, rose from humble beginnings in the Swedish countryside to travel the world, captivate American artists and politicians, and paint some of the most sought-after portraits of America’s Gilded Age.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS at the National Academy Museum include film, music and historical lectures, which will highlight the artist’s remarkable life. There will be a screening of the film documentary “Anders Zorn in the Gilded Age” on March 8, a choral performance by the Church of Sweden in New York on March 30, and historical lectures “Emma Lamm Zorn: Philanthropist, Ethnographer, Woman, Jew” on March 26 and “Zorn, Paris, and the International Avant-Garde” on April 16.

THE EXHIBITION runs through May 18, 2014.

NATIONAL ACADEMY MUSEUM is located at 1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street in New York City. Admission: adults $15, seniors (65+) and students $10. Children under 12, members and students of the National Academy School free. For more information: www.nationalacademy.org.

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Exhibition ‘Going Glocal’ opens at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

A unique musical performance - the artists Gretli & Heidi using water glasses to create an unusual soundA unique musical performance – the artists Gretli & Heidi using water glasses to create an unusual sound

THE EXHIBITION season 2014 - “Going Glocal” — opened at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Throughout the year the Embassy of Sweden and partners will explore local opportunities emerging from globalization, with the key topics free trade, global development, climate and sustainability. New business opportunities and local jobs as a free result of free transatlantic trade will be examined, and the embassy’s outreach activities will contribute to the debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union and the United States.

The traditional Swedish pastry The traditional Swedish pastry “semlor” was served on a built-up little green hill.

SWEDEN WILL also put its own distinctive spin on the American experience of a road trip with the project Sweden on the Road. The Embassy of Sweden in the United States is hitting the road on a grand tour to connect with Americans in cities, towns and rural areas to exchange ideas with students, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and others.

Guests could enjoy Swedish cakes and pastries at the opening of the exhibition Guests could enjoy Swedish cakes and pastries at the opening of the exhibition “Going Glocal” at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

DURING THE OPENING reception, speeches were given by the new Swedish Ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall, and the head of the World Resources Institute, Dr. Andrew Steer.

Sweden’s new Ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall will talk about ‘Reflections on US – Swedish Relations’ at a SACU luncheon in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 20

“REFLECTIONS ON US – Swedish Relations” is the topic of a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon in Washington, D.C. with Sweden’s new ambassador to the United States, Bj?rn Lyrvall.

THE SACU luncheon will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., beginning at noon with “no host” cocktails and concluding by 2 p.m. Member cost is $25, and non-members $29. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage (validation available). For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Center Green Line is in walking distance.

For reservations by Tuesday, Feb. 18, please email cecilia.browning@houseofsweden.com.

‘I Call My Brothers’ – a play by Swedish author and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri performed in New York through February 23

“I CALL MY BROTHERS,” a play by acclaimed Swedish author and playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri was a critical success when performed in Sweden and is now running at New Ohio Theatre in New York through February 23.

THE PLAY TRACKS a fraught 24 hours in the life of a young Arab-American man by the name of Amor as he runs errands in New York City after a car bombing. Perhaps Amor will be tragically mistaken for a terrorist. He does his best to blend in and not attract suspicion. Inside Amor’s head, the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality become blurrier and blurrier.

MR. HASSEN Khemiri is of Tunisian and Swedish parentage, and won Sweden’s top prize for best literary debut with his novel “One Eye Red.” His novel “Montecore: The Silence of the Tiger,” was published in the U.S. in 2011. His Obie Award-winning play “Invasion!” opened in New York the same spring. “I Call My Brothers” comes from the same director and producer.

THE NEW OHIO Theatre is located at 154 Christopher Street, New York City. Performances are Tuesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35.

For more information and tickets: www.playco.org.

The Washington Chapter of SWEA held its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C.

SWEA Washington DC annual meetingThe SWEA board members gathered at the residence

ON THURSDAY, Feb. 6 the Washington Chapter of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) held its annual meeting at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence on Nebraska Avenue in Northwest Washington.

THE SWEA membership voted in a new board for 2014, which consists of Officers Li Thornton, chair; Ann-Marie Brisbois; vice chair; Ulla Olofsson, secretary; Anna Lagercrantz, treasurer; and Directors Sofia Hassander, responsible for membership; Mari Norberg, new members and recruitment; Anne-Catherine Jansen, program; Kristina Bergsten Chereton, program; Margareta Yarwood, program; Ulrika Svenneke ?berg, program; Li Ansefelt Thornton, web editor: and Melissa Cressey, responsible for PR.

AFTER THE ANNUAL meeting the members were invited to a delicious buffet at the residence.

SWEA (www.swea.org), Swedish Women’s Educational Association, was founded in Los Angeles in 1979 by Agneta Nilsson and has about 7500 members in about 70 local chapters in 33 countries.

‘Heroes – Gone But Not Forgotten’ – the art of Charles White exhibited at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland

Pat Walters and David C. Driskell gather in front of an etching titled “Cat’s Cradle” by Charles White, which was loaned to the exhibition by Ms. Walters.

AN OPENING RECEPTION for the exhibition “Heroes – Gone But Not Forgotten,” which features 47 works by the great African American artist Charles White was held on Thursday evening, Jan. 30 at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. The exhibition will be on display at the center through May 23, 2014. For more information, visit www.driskellcenter.umd.edu.

David C. Driskell Center.20140131 017.JPG“Micah”

'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland“Cat’s Cradle”

 'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland“Study for Pope X”

'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of MarylandOpening reception at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD


'Heroes - Gone But Not Forgotten' - Charles White exhibition at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland