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Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America

on view April 12-August 23, 2015

Indian Nation presents the Indian motorcycle as both an aesthetic object and as American material culture. The exhibition features vintage Indian motorcycles, engines, artwork, and a selection of owners’ private memorabilia. Visitors will learn about the company’s Swedish-American co-founder, Carl Oscar Hedstrom—who is a major figure in the creation of motorcycling as we know it today—and explore the Indian Motorcycling Company’s response to the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, and post-war American culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Also currently showing
 

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Fact and Fiction: Getting to Know Sweden's Authors

In a small exhibition located in the Kalm-Seaborg Gallery on the second floor, ASHM examines Swedish authors whose works have leaped across culture lines to impact the American literary landscape.  From Carl Linnaeus’s writings about scientific taxonomy in the 1700s to the socio-political themes explored by crime novelist Stieg Larsson in the 21st century, this “mini” exhibit features objects and images that illuminate the life and times of some of Sweden’s best-known authors.

A Common Thread: Tradition and Trend in Swedish Textiles

Whether they are created for function or fashion, Swedish textiles are well-crafted, colorful, and full of detail. A Common Thread uses the museum’s collection to explore the themes of technique, style and material employed to create Swedish clothes, weavings, embroidery, and other handiwork. The exhibition looks at the ways in which Swedish textiles communicate class, gender, cultural identity and social trends. Highlights from the collection include examples of Saami outerwear, Swedish provincial costumes, household linens, decorative wall hangings, tools and modern examples of Swedish style. A hands-on table with wool, linen, silk, leather and fur, is available for visitors to handle and explore textile materials on their own.

Sven Birger Sandzen

Sven Birger Sandzén is the featured artists on the balcony level. Sandzén was born in Blidsberg, Sweden, in 1871 and studied art in Skara, Stockholm. He moved to the United States as a young man and enjoyed a long, distinguished career as an art professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. On view is a selection of Sandzén’s wood block prints, drypoints, oil paintings, watercolors, and hand-made greeting cards from the ASHM collection. 

 
Upcoming Exhibitions

United Stockholms of America: The Swedes Who Stayed, opening September 2015

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits, opening 2017

 

Past Exhibitions

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