ASF + Scandinavia House

ASF + Scandinavia House Scandinavia House, home to the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF), presents a wide range of exhibitions, films, concerts, lectures & family programs dedicated to contemporary Nordic culture.
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Established in 1911 by Danish-American industrialist Niels Poulson and a group of other forward-thinking leaders from business and education, the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) was the first international non-governmental society to have as its sole purpose the development of goodwill through educational and cultural exchange. It was designed to meet the needs of its time through fellowships, scholarly exchange, exhibitions, and publications. These programs have grown over the years, and along with the cultural programs at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, have provided a comprehensive platform for ongoing international exchange between the United States and the Nordic countries. This international work is at the heart of the Foundation’s mission. Each year, ASF awards over $800,000 in fellowships and grants to individual students, scholars, professionals, and artists for study and research in the United States and abroad. To date, some 30,000 Americans and Scandinavians have participated in these and other ASF programs of study, research, or practical training. In October 2000, ASF opened Scandinavia House as a showplace for Nordic culture and life. Since its founding, it has welcomed over 1.5 million visitors, who have come to enjoy exhibitions, performances, lectures, and more. Scandinavia House was financed by the generosity of more than 300 donors from the U.S. and abroad, including individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as the Nordic governments and the Nordic Council of Ministers. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Scandinavia House offerings include diverse exhibitions and film series, as well as concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and children’s activities. Designed by the internationally renowned Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects) and inaugurated in October 2000, Scandinavia House is the headquarters of the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and the site of ASF’s cultural and educational programming.

05/30/2020

Looking to keep kids engaged with design during social distancing? Build imaginative new worlds to craft and play in at home with Cardboard Architecture! In this DIY activity from the Heimbold Family Children's Playing & Learning Center, use natural and household supplies to imagine and craft buildings with ecological, fantastical, or technical aesthetics.

05/29/2020
Norway's Response to the Coronavirus with Dr. Frode Forland

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Tuesday for our online discussion with Dr. Frode Forland, Specialist Director of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the Institute of Public Health in Norway, regarding the nation’s response to the coronavirus. Dr. Forland discussed Norway’s early response to COVID-19, the evolution of that response, and the current situation, with a slideshow presentation. The talk is now available to stream online; follow the link to see the conversation.

On May 26, 2020, American-Scandinavian Foundation presented an online discussion with Dr. Frode Forland, Specialist Director of Infectious Diseases and Globa...

05/27/2020
The Painter and The Thief: Talk with Benjamin Ree & Barbora Kysilkova

Thanks to all who joined us Sunday evening for our Virtual Premiere discussion on "The Painter and the Thief"with director Benjamin Ree and artist Barbora Kysilkova! They discussed the history behind the making of the film and its development, behind-the-scenes stories, and the close relationships that were built. The film is now available as Virtual Cinema via Scandinavia House and NEON; tickets to three days of streaming are $3.99, with half of the proceeds benefitting Scandinavia House.

See their talk in the video here, and purchase your virtual ticket to the film at the link:

https://bit.ly/3g6UnMJ

At 11:30 EDT today, join us for a webinar on Norway's Response to the Coronavirus with Dr. Frode Forland!, Specialist Di...
05/26/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Norway's Response to the Coronavirus with Dr. Frode Forland. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

At 11:30 EDT today, join us for a webinar on Norway's Response to the Coronavirus with Dr. Frode Forland!, Specialist Director of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the Institute of Public Health in Norway! Register for viewing instructions at the link:

American-Scandinavian Foundation invites you to an online discussion with Dr. Frode Forland, Specialist Director of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the Institute of Public Health in Norway, regarding the nation’s response to the coronavirus. With ASF President Edward Gallagher as moderato...

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at ASF and Scandinavia House! We hope that all of our friends are able to have a happy...
05/25/2020

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at ASF and Scandinavia House! We hope that all of our friends are able to have a happy and safe celebration today.

Image: Sunset over lake view in Hyllsjön, Småland​ (Photo by Alexander Hall/Imagebank Sweden)

"A portrait of an intimacy that’s as impressive as it is unsettling" — check out a @NYMag "The Painter and the Thief" re...
05/24/2020
The Painter and the Thief Is a Sexy, Strange Not-Quite-Love Story

"A portrait of an intimacy that’s as impressive as it is unsettling" — check out a @NYMag "The Painter and the Thief" review, now as Virtual Cinema via us and @neonrated !

Stream the event through a Virtual Cinema Ticket, and join us at 8 PM tonight for a talk with the director and the artist. Links to both are are listed under our Events Panel; click through there to see the details.

https://www.vulture.com/article/movie-review-the-painter-and-the-thief.html

An artist finds a muse in the man who stole her work in this arresting documentary, now on Hulu, VOD, and in theaters.

05/20/2020
SOLOIST | Kelley Barnett

Tomorrow at 8 PM, our friends MISE-EN_PLACE are hosting a special online performance! Soloist Kelly Barnett will be performing works by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho as well as Seong Ae Kim, Jonathan Favero, Alicia Terzian, Nick Pauly, and Yeabon Jo. The video will premiere live at the link!

05/19/2020
Music on Park Avenue Online: Per Tengstrand Interview & Performance

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Sunday for the premiere of a special Online Music on Park Avenue with Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand! The video is now live on YouTube; check it out here.

On May 17, the Music on Park Avenue with Per Tengstrand series from Scandinavia House returns with a special online edition, featuring an interview with the ...

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! While our Gallery is closed, we've been creating virtual guided tours of past exhibitions...
05/18/2020
Online Nordic Art & Culture | SH Events

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! While our Gallery is closed, we've been creating virtual guided tours of past exhibitions, which we're regularly adding to a page on our website. Click through to see them — and we hope you continue to enjoy Scandinavia House exhibitions from home.

Join us for the Exhibitions event Online Nordic Art & Culture on Gallery tours of past exhibitions are added on a regular basis; check back for more visual art online.

05/17/2020
Music on Park Avenue Online: Per Tengstrand Interview & Performance

Tune in at 1 PM to see our special Online Music on Park Avenue with Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand on YouTube Premiere! The video premiere will begin at 1 PM with an interview and a video performance, and Tengstrand will be online to respond to questions and comments at YouTube. The video will be live here:

https://youtu.be/2lOm7tbdDGI

On May 17, the Music on Park Avenue with Per Tengstrand series from Scandinavia House returns with a special online edition, featuring an interview with the ...

Tomorrow afternoon at 1 PM EST, Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand will be presenting a special Online Music on Park Avenue!...
05/16/2020
ONLINE — MUSIC ON PARK AVENUE WITH PER TENGSTRAND | SH Events

Tomorrow afternoon at 1 PM EST, Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand will be presenting a special Online Music on Park Avenue! A YouTube Premiere will present an interview with Tengstrand about his series at Scandinavia House, as well as a video performance with Opus 21. He'll be live on YouTube to answer any questions you have. See the webpage to learn more and see the premiere link!

Join us for the Concerts event ONLINE — MUSIC ON PARK AVENUE WITH PER TENGSTRAND on SUN—May 17—1 PM (EST)

Looking for activities to keep kids busy? Over the past two months, the Heimbold Family Children's Playing & Learning Ce...
05/13/2020
Online Children's Art Workshops | SH Events

Looking for activities to keep kids busy? Over the past two months, the Heimbold Family Children's Playing & Learning Center has been creating lots of fun workshop videos for crafts that kids can do at home! We've also been sending out weekly roundups with other Nordic kids activities that families can do online. Both the workshops and emails are now online at our website at the page linked here; we'll be updating it on a weekly basis. And if you'd like to receive our weekly emails directly, scroll down to sign up to the list!

Join us for the Kids & Families event Online Children's Art Workshops on

Our virtual arts programming is now available online as a comprehensive page on our website! We'll have new virtual gall...
05/12/2020
Online Nordic Art & Culture | SH Events

Our virtual arts programming is now available online as a comprehensive page on our website! We'll have new virtual gallery tours of previous exhibitions available on a weekly basis, as well as our weekly Online Nordic Culture roundups, videos of art talks & symposia, and a roundup of online art programming from friends of Scandinavia House. Check it out at the link!

Join us for the Exhibitions event Online Nordic Art & Culture on Gallery tours of past exhibitions are added on a regular basis; check back for more visual art online.

05/09/2020
Sweden's Response to the Coronavirus with historian Lars Trägårdh

On May 7, American-Scandinavian Foundation hosted an online discussion with Swedish historian, author and social commentator Lars Trägårdh regarding the nation’s response to the coronavirus. With ASF President Edward Gallagher, Trägårdh explores the nation’s strategies, the rationales behind them, and the controversy they have engendered. The video is now live at YouTube; watch it at the link below.

On May 7, American-Scandinavian Foundation hosted an online discussion with Swedish historian, author and social commentator Lars Trägårdh regarding the nati...

We have a new selection of favorite Nordic films available on several streaming services! This week's roundup includes N...
05/08/2020

We have a new selection of favorite Nordic films available on several streaming services! This week's roundup includes Norway's "Thelma," directed by Joachim Trier (Hulu, YouTube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime), Norway's "Valley of Shadows," directed by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen (Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Google Play), Norway's "Miss Julie," directed by ASF 2019 Gold Medal recipient Liv Ullmann [Netflix, Tubi, Amazon Prime (rental), YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play], and Sweden's "Football for Better or for Worse," directed by Inger Molin (Website: bit.ly/2zEOx4F). Let us know which film is your favorite here!

05/06/2020
A Fist or a Heart: Book Talk with Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Larissa Kyzer

On Tuesday, May 5, Icelandic author Kristín Eiríksdóttir and ASF Translation Prize winner Larissa Kyzer presented an online book talk on "A Fist or a Heart," winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize. Eiríksdóttir and Kyzer discussed the writing and translation of this gripping, artfully interwoven novel of power, secrets, and isolation, as well as the differences of writing and translation in Iceland, and what they've been reading while social distancing.

On Tuesday, May 12, we'll follow the event up with a Nordic Book Club on "A Fist or a Heart," open to all participants. To learn more and register, visit http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/a-fist-or-a-heart/

Today is a special #GivingTuesdayNOW! Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been an annual global day of giving...
05/05/2020

Today is a special #GivingTuesdayNOW! Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been an annual global day of giving back, rallying communities through acts of generosity and charitable donations. As a way of inspiring more generosity, and to bring us together even as we're physically apart, the nonprofit world is holding a new Giving Tuesday event today during our time of crisis.

As a gesture of our gratitude on this day, we're also giving back — all NY-area healthcare workers are eligible for a free six-month membership at the Individual level, with benefits including a tote bag, membership card, event pass, and discounts with SH reopens. Read more at the link below -- and please support ASF at any time by visiting us at amscan.org/support-asf/.

https://mailchi.mp/amscan.org/giving-tuesday-is-here-support-the-american-scandinavian-foundation-tomorrow-3103998

Happy #MayDay / #Vappu! For those celebrating in Finland, the city of Helsinki and friends created a fun lineup of virtu...
05/01/2020
Vappu 2020 - Helsinki-kanava

Happy #MayDay / #Vappu! For those celebrating in Finland, the city of Helsinki and friends created a fun lineup of virtual concerts and events to bring in the traditional First of May holiday, including a bunch of streaming performances. Most took place in the afternoon there, but the videos are now online through May 10 on Helsinki-kanava!

https://www.helsinkikanava.fi/en/

Videoita kaupungista. Helsinki-kanava on Helsingin kaupungin videoviestintäkanava.

Starting in the end of May, the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center will be streaming virtual storytelling event...
04/30/2020

Starting in the end of May, the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center will be streaming virtual storytelling events! Learn more on their page.

GET READY FOR HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORIES! Starting at the very end of May into June and July, every Saturday, we are going virtual with the best storytellers from throughout the world, each telling a different Andersen tale. As usual, we will gather at 11 am until noon. Our platform will be StreamYard: here on FB and later linked to our new Youtube channel. Reserve your time. Have a watch party. pull up a chair and share this hour with your family and friends. Everyone needs a great story. There are so many things to talk about when you hear an Andersen story - from kindness, and justice, to sharing and friendship, strange meetings, and houses, objects and animals speaking. Online until we can meet again safely in the park. With love and health to everyone!

04/29/2020
Ooppera & Baletti

Happy International Dance Day! Check out this wonderful video from Ooppera & Baletti, the Finnish National Opera & Ballet, with performances from their dancers at home.

Kansallisbaletin tanssijoilla on teille terveisiä 💛 "Hyvää kansainvälistä tanssin päivää! Toivottavasti olette pysyneet terveinä ja voitte hyvin. Meillä on ikävä teitä! Kun COVID-19 sulki näyttämömme Suomen kansallisoopperassa ja -baletissa, lopetimme esitykset mutta emme tanssimista. Kotona ja Helsingin tyhjillä kaduilla tanssiminen tuntui hyvältä. Se auttoi meitä käsittelemään sitä surua, jonka esitysten peruuntuminen aiheutti, sekä ahdistusta koko ympäröivän maailman tilanteesta. Tanssi on avain vapauteen! Teimme tämän videon rohkaistaksemme teitä tekemään samoin! Laita lempimusiikkisi soimaan ja anna liikkeen viedä!"

KUVAUS JA EDITOINTI Jouka Valkama
MUSIIKKI Emma Salokoski
KONSEPTI Mira Ollila, Ana Maria Lucaciu, Jouka Valkama
TANSSIJAT Shae Berney, Stefania Cardaci-Krčmář, Carolina Cortesi, Sofia Gustafsson, Sari Ikonen, Elena Ilyina, Lucas Jerkander, Kailey Kaba, Antti Keinänen, Violetta Keller, Atte Kilpinen, Rebecca King, Anna Konkari, Michal Krčmář, Ira Lindahl, Ellen Mäkelä, Mira Ollila, Edita Raušerová, Anna Sariola, Charlotte Schauman-Mäki, Sari Stenholm, Maria Tamminen, Jouka Valkama, Jun Xia, Nicholas Ziegler

@oopperabaletti_dancers @oopperabaletti #tanssinpäivä #internationaldanceday

This month, we revisited our 2017 exhibition "Independent Visions: Helen Schjerfbeck and Her Contemporaries," featuring ...
04/29/2020
Ellen Thesleff: Kiss of the Sun – A virtual tour

This month, we revisited our 2017 exhibition "Independent Visions: Helen Schjerfbeck and Her Contemporaries," featuring works by Finnish artists Helen Schjerfbeck, Sigrid Schauman, Ellen Thesleff, and Elga Sesemann. You can find more of Ellen Thesleff's paintings in Finland's Oulu Museum of Art's current exhibition "Ellen Thesleff: The Kiss of the Sun," which is available for viewing through their virtual tour! The virtual tour is free of charge, and available until May 31, 2020. Check it out here!

The Kiss of the Sun, an exhibition of paintings by Ellen Thesleff currently at the Oulu Museum of Art, is now available as a virtual tour from the comfort of your home.  All you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet connection to take the virtual tour consisting of a number of 360 ...

04/28/2020
Iceland's Response to the Coronavirus: Talk with Dr. Gudrun Aspelund & Ed Gallagher

Thanks to everyone who joined us for last Thursday's webinar on Iceland's Response to the Coronavirus with Dr. Gudrun Aspelund! The full discussion can now be viewed online; follow the link to hear Dr. Aspelund discuss measures that Iceland has taken to prevent the spread of virus, as well as research and findings that impact the broader international response.

On April 23, American-Scandinavian Foundation held an online discussion with Dr. Gudrun Aspelund, Head Physician at Centre for Health Security and Communicab...

04/27/2020
Mark and Landmark: A Curtis L. Carlson Distinguished Lecture with Craig Dykers

With the sudden changes that have swept the world off its feet in these recent months, we remember how spaces and places bring people together through the unspoken power of architecture. Watch our Summer 2015 Curtis L. Carlson Distinguished Lecture, featuring Craig Dykers, Founding Partner of Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, who explains the company's mastery of drawing people together with effective design. Watch the video here!

Craig Dykers, Founding Partner of Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, will speak to the unconventional company's practice of "the architecture of engageme...

Our Nordic film roundup continues! This week, we're recommending films along with a series available on various streamin...
04/24/2020

Our Nordic film roundup continues! This week, we're recommending films along with a series available on various streaming platforms: the Swedish movie "We Are The Best" directed by Lukas Moodysson, based on the graphic novel by Coco Moodysson (Amazon Prime and YouTube Movies), the Danish film "Cold Case Hammarskjöld" directed by Mads Brügger (Hulu, Google Play, Amazon, and YouTube Movies), and the Finnish series "Bordertown," created by Mikko Oikkonen (Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, and iTunes).

This weekend, host a virtual movie screening with your friends and catch our latest roundup of Nordic films on various s...
04/24/2020

This weekend, host a virtual movie screening with your friends and catch our latest roundup of Nordic films on various streaming services! You can watch the Norwegian television series "Occupied" directed by Jo Nesbo (Netflix), the award-winning Swedish-Danish-Norwegian co-production "Sami Blood" directed by Amanda Kernell (YouTube and Vudu), and the Swedish-Danish-Finnish co-production "Borg vs. McEnroe" directed by Janus Metz Pedersen (Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Google Play). Let us know which is your favorite film here!

This spring's Sant Jordi book festival will now be taking place online with streaming book talks, today through Sunday! ...
04/24/2020
PROGRAM APRIL 23-25 | Sant Jordi NYC | New York | Worldwide

This spring's Sant Jordi book festival will now be taking place online with streaming book talks, today through Sunday! Tonight at 7:30, Icelandic authors Fríða Ísberg and Larissa Kyzer will present a book talk,"Imposter Syndrome and Other Modern Itches"; followed by a talk with Bergur Ebbi on his novel "Screenshot" at 8:30 PM. Streaming links are posted on the website under the Live tab!

https://www.santjordinyc.org/program

Program of the 3 days of Sant Jordi NYC goes Virtual An online portal where people can enter the magical world of Sant Jordi in NYC and choose from a wide range of activities.

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Subway 6 to 33rd Street 4, 5, 6, 7, or S to 42nd Street/Grand Central Station Bus 1, 2, 3, or 4 up Madison Avenue 1, 2, 3, or 5 down Fifth Avenue Scandinavia House is located four blocks south of Grand Central Station.

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HOURS & ADMISSION: Building Hours Mon-Sat, 11 AM - 10 PM Sun, 11 AM - 5 PM Gallery Tues-Sat, 12 - 6 PM Wed, 12 - 7 PM Admission varies by exhibition Halldór Laxness Library Tues-Fri, 12 - 5 PM Free for ASF Members by appointment Heimbold Family Children's Playing and Learning Center Sat, 12 - 5 PM, $15/child Open to public, space permitting Tues-Fri, 10 AM - 5 PM, free ASF Members with a Children's Center Pass Ages toddler+ Please note that children must be walking on their own to be admitted. The Shop Mon-Sat, 11 AM - 7 PM Sun, 11 AM - 5 PM Smörgås Chef Mon-Sat, 11 AM - 9 PM Sun, 11 AM - 4 PM RESERVATIONS: For reservations to ASF cultural and educational programs, visit scandinaviahouse.org For reservations to Smörgås Chef, call 212.686.4230 ACCESSIBILITY Scandinavia House is wheelchair accessible. PHOTOGRAPHY Except where noted, photography for personal use is allowed with hand-held cameras and available light or electronic flash attachments. Tripods and lights may not be used. Reproduction or sale of photographs is not allowed without the permission of The American-Scandinavian Foundation. No flash photography is allowed in the Gallery.

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