Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce - Event Information
Luther College Woman's Club November Meeting
Two famed Norwegian-born artists—photographer Knud Knudsen and painter Herbjørn Gausta—will claim the spotlight at the November meeting of the Luther College Woman’s Club.
All women from Decorah and surrounding communities are invited to attend the meeting, to be held Tuesday, November 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room, Dahl Centennial Union, on the Luther College campus. Shuttle service from the Decorah Swimming Pool is available and leaves at 1:10 p.m. In addition to the program, a short business meeting, refreshments, and special music by Luther faculty or students are on the afternoon’s agenda.
During the meeting, Zach Row-Heyveld, exhibitions manager at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, will draw on the black-and-white photography of Knud Knudsen, one of Norway’s first professional photographers, to explore why so many Norwegians immigrated to America in the 19th century. He will focus on residents of Tokheim, Knudsen’s hometown, which had some of the highest per-capita immigration rates in Norway during that time. The work of Knudsen, who spent his career documenting the daily lives of regular Norwegians, is displayed at Vesterheim through December 31, 2018, in the exhibit “Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration through the Lens of Knud Knudsen.”
Chris Johnson, Vesterheim president and CEO, will also provide an overview of upcoming events and projects at the museum, while Annika Vande Krol, a current Luther student, will share the results of the research she has conducted with fellow student Emily Linder on Norwegian-American painter Herbjørn Gausta. Vande Krol and Linder have worked with Kate Elliott, Luther associate professor of art history, to locate and identify Gausta’s paintings, some of which are in the art collections of Luther and Vesterheim. Gausta documented immigrant life in his portraits and paintings and helped establish a place for art in the culture of Norwegian-Americans.
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