If any artist could justify using six miles of road as a gallery space, award-winning photographer Wing Young Huie would be that person. It seems especially fitting that his latest piece encompasses an entire street; his past projects have documented cultures, communities, and changes along Lake Street and in Frogtown. The locations used for the "University Avenue Project" will be urban, interactive, and in some cases fluid, with project sites running from the KSTP tower on the St. Paul/Minneapolis border to the State Capitol. Visitors and residents alike will be able to view over 500 photographs exhibited in store windows and on buildings as they take trips down the well-traveled street. Each night at approximately 8 p.m. guests will also be able to view photography as it's projected on billboard-size screens (located at 1433 University Avenue), with a rotating soundtrack provided by local musicians. Also at the projection site will be cabaret-style performances featuring spoken word, music, documentary screenings, and more starting at 7 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. The opening reception on Saturday, May 1, will feature Huie and project creators at various locations, including Dunn Bros., the Rondo Library, Creative Arts High, and Ax Man from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and at 8 p.m. the nightly billboard makes its debut. It's an ambitious effort, to say the very least, and after Saturday the project will continue to grow as more buildings add projected murals to their exteriors, with some as tall as 30 feet. Visit www.theuniversityavenueproject.com for a complete list of locations and events scheduled.
May 1-Oct. 31, 2010