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April 13, 2010

The University Avenue Project

Filed under: Arts, Authors, Nonprofit — Alison Aten @ 3:26 am

From May 1 to October 31, 2010, Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project will transform St. Paul’s University Avenue into a six-mile gallery. Hundreds of photographs will be exhibited in store windows and on buildings along the route, from the state capitol to west of Highway 280.

Commissioned by Public Art Saint Paul, Wing has spent the past three years photographing the dizzying diversity in neighborhoods connected by this central corridor in the midst of one of the highest concentrations of international immigrants in the country.  From old world to developing world to modern world, this jammed stretch of storefronts, big-box retailers, blue-collar neighborhoods, and burgeoning condominium communities collectively reflects the colliding and evolving American experience. 

At the University Avenue Project’s center will be a spectacular projection site where images will be shown nightly on billboard-sized screens, accompanied by prerecorded music by local musicians from an array of genres and cultures.

The Minnesota Historical Society Press will release two titles in conjunction with the exhibit. The first volume will be available May 1, and the second, August 1.

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