Last Sunday I visited the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. I went there to meet my Aunt for lunch and to tour the museum and the current exhibit, Papercut.
We started with lunch in the cafe. I chose the meatballs but everything on the menu sounded delicious. The meatballs, on a bed of mashed potatoes, were topped with very thin cucumber slices and lingonberry sauce.
The Institute is a mix of new and old. The new portion is a modern space with a cafe, gift shop and exhibit space. The old portion is the Turnblad Mansion, which is the former home of the Turnblad family.
There is a balcony that surrounds the Grand Hall; the second floor also includes a solarium, library, reading room, three bed chambers and a dressing room. The library is home to hundreds of books mainly written in Swedish. I really wanted to look at them more closely but they were behind locked glass doors.
The current exhibit is Papercut! featuring psaligraphy by Danish-Norwegian artist Karen Bit Vejle. Psaligraphy literally means the art of drawing or painting with scissors. The work shown in the exhibit is stunning. This photo shows the largest artwork in the exhibit.
We really enjoyed touring the mansion and seeing the Papercut! exhibit. We also had fun looking around in the gift shop, but we didn't make any purchases.
To say it wasn't a great day for travel would be an understatement. Here in Minnesota we've had a rough winter with brutally cold temperatures, and Sunday almost the entire state was under a blizzard warning. Luckily Minnesotans are used to driving in difficult conditions and everyone was taking it nice and slow, so I made the 1+ hour trip to and from Minneapolis safely.