Hosted by Public Art Saint Paul and Wing Young Huie, the University Avenue Project Showcase includes live music, silent auction, photos and meet the artists opportunities on February 27, 2011 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Dancers Studio, 1508 University Avenue W., St. Paul. The event is free and open to the public.
The University Avenue Project Showcase is to meet photographer Wing Young Huie and view his archival photographs from the exhibit that will be on display. It will be possible to purchase them through a silent auction or order original prints from Wing the collection, and both volumes of the University Avenue Project book will be available, the two-volume book documenting the photographs and the exhibit’s six-month run published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
There will be ten performances from local musicians featured on the University Avenue Project soundtrack: David Hanners, Heatherlyn, Erik Brandt, Ben Glaros, Michael Legan, Aaron Rice, Brian Laidlaw, Dusty Porch Sisters, Abdellah Ouchagar, and Suzen Juel.
The University Avenue Project was held from May through October of 2010, with Wing Young Huie’s photographs transforming University Avenue into a six-mile public gallery, revealing the everyday realities of the diverse neighborhoods connected by this urban thoroughfare.
There were 250 photographs on display in 80 storefront windows, with large murals installed on building exteriors. A slideshow of 450 images was projected onto a giant screen accompanied by a soundtrack of over 60 local musicians for five nights a week at the central Project(ion) Site near University and Pascal.
The photographs of Wing Young Huie are described as a societal mirror of a transforming urban landscape, reveal what is hidden in plain sight. The Duluth native has received international acclaim for his projects documenting his home state of Minnesota, including: Frogtown – Photographs and Conversation in an Urban Neighborhood; Lake Street USA; and Searching for Asian America: An Ethnocentric Tour.
For more information visit www.theuniversityavenueproject.com or www.wingyounghuie.com.
Public Art Saint Paul (www.publicartstpaul.org) is the prime mover in creating and caring for art the civic realm of Minnesota’s capital city. For nearly a quarter of a century, it has engaged artists in shaping the form and experience of the city as collaborators in the design of public places and as creators of permanent artworks, temporary installations and public art events.