Identity and the American Landscape / Wing Young Huie
How do photographs form us?
Wing Young Huie’s photographs capture the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, with much of his work centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. In this dynamic slide show presentation, he will foster dialogue exploring how photographs are open to cultural interpretations. Using images to raise the ethical, aesthetic, and cultural issues of intimately interacting with thousands of strangers, Huie invites us to offer our own points of view, to appreciate how our perceptions may differ from those around us, and to consider how our perceptions are formed by the overwhelming media and marketing photographs we all consume on a daily basis. How can we differentiate our authentic selves from idealized realities? Do we become what we see? In other words: How do photographs form us?
Wing Young Huie has exhibited and conducted hundreds of lectures and workshops for varied audiences nationally and internationally and in 2000 The Minneapolis Star Tribune named him “Artist of the Year.” His best-known projects are large-scale public installations, including Frogtown (1995) and Lake Street USA (2000). Huie’s The University Avenue Project (2010) transformed a St. Paul thoroughfare into a six-mile gallery, using store windows and buildings to display 500 photographs of life in the diverse immigrant communities connected to University Avenue. Committed to using art as a catalyst for community building, in 2012 he opened The Third Place, a gallery in South Minneapolis, which invites artists and thinkers from a wide array of disciplines to engage in salon-style discussions with the public. Huie’s work has generated five books: The University Avenue Project Volume 1, The University Avenue Project Volume 2, Looking For Asian America: An Ethnocentric Tour, Lake Street USA, and Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood.