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Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir: Wayfinders


July 15, 2023 - January 28, 2024


Admission included in a paid General Admission ticket.


The design of the Museum’s building evokes the natural features of the Nordic countries—most notably a fjord set in a valley formed by steep cliff walls. It also references transatlantic migration through forms that resemble the hull of a ship and bridges connecting galleries devoted to the Nordic region and Nordic America. Þórarinsdóttir’s sculptures are woven into the architectural and curatorial narratives of a journey from the Nordic countries to North America. During Þórarinsdóttir’s creative process, the story of her great-uncle, Friðrik Sigurðsson, who left a remote farm in east Iceland to create a new life and identity as a barber named “Fred” in Brooklyn, came to mind. Despite this personal connection, Þórarinsdóttir considers travels and resettlement abroad as part of the great migration of Nordic peoples. And, though the artist’s two sons serve as models for her work, the sculptures are anonymous forms that highlight connectivity and the universal human experience.

Wayfinders includes an installation of Þórarinsdóttir’s watercolors, which explore the ideas and concepts that inform her sculpture.

Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir: Wayfinders is organized by Leslie Anderson, Director of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs, National Nordic Museum. Images courtesy of Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir. For a map of the installation, see below.

Read an interview with the artist.


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