ST. PAUL (Jan. 6, 2014) — Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents the “Sleeping Giant” exhibition.
The exhibit opens with a reception from 5–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 and continues through Feb. 27. The reception includes a gallery talk from 7–7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Mondays–Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Fridays–Saturdays, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.
This exhibition features photography of the Iron Range by Vance Gellert, Minneapolis. Describing the project, Gellert said, “For centuries the Ojibwa of Northern Minnesota called the Laurentian divide Mesabi, which means Sleeping Giant. Aptly named, the upwelling of tectonic plates brought the massive deposit of iron formed deep in the earth to the surface, waiting to be mined. Operations began in earnest in the later 19th century with the first ore shipped to the steel mills in the east in 1892. Subsequently, the giant awoke to become the most important story in Minnesota history as well as that of the United States.”
Sleeping Giant is a photographic journey of the landscape, sociology, culture, economy and evolution of this intriguing area of Minnesota, as one would experience it today. It is a story of a determined, indomitable people in an inspiringly beautiful but demanding landscape.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at [email protected].
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