From the age of the Vikings to the settlers of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655), to contemporary issues in Scandinavian society, the American Swedish Historical Museum will take you back in time and across the sea to learn the stories of Swedes in America.

American by Craft: The Furniture of Olof Althin

This exhibition organized by the American Swedish Historical Museum reunites the workshop and wares of Olof Althin (1859-1920), an immigrant cabinetmaker and antiques restorer in turn-of-the-century Boston. Throughout his life, Althin navigated the intersections between immigrant and American, reproducer and restorer, and designer and maker. Poised between these identities, Althin reveals the challenges of a cabinetmaker balancing economic enterprise with adherence to ideal-driven craft movements in the early-20th century American furniture trade.

The exhibition, American by Craft: The Furniture of Olof Althin was co-curated by Erica Lome and Trevor Brandt and was generously supported in part by a Failey grant from The Decorative Arts Trust. It will be on view at ASHM from July 23rd, 2021 through January 16th, 2022. Join us for a special members’ preview in person or on-line July 22nd at 5 pm.