Learn about the Chalkboard Project from photographer Wing Young Huie and be a part of the project with students and staff at MCTC. Bring a camera.
Sponsored by the MCTC Fine Arts Department as a part of the Spring Arts Festival
March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9; 10:30 a.m. – noon
Skyway by Josephine’s Cafe, MCTC
Slide Show Presentation: How do photographs form us?
The photographs of internationally known artist Wing Young Huie have been exhibited in major museums and in epic public installations. His dynamic slide show presentation is an overview of his many photographic projects that explores the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society.
His two most well known works are Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010), both of which transformed six miles of two major Twin Cities thoroughfares into epic photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most diverse concentrations of international immigrants in the country.
Wing fosters dialogues by showing photographs from his many projects that are open to cultural interpretations, inviting participants to offer their own points of views and to consider not only how their perceptions may differ from those around them, but also how our perceptions are formed by the overwhelming media and marketing photographs we consume on a daily basis.
Chalkboard Workshop: Chalk Talk
In workshops participants engage in a “Chalk Talk” with a process that Wing used in his most recent work, The University Avenue Project, where he photographed hundreds of people in various circumstances holding chalkboards on which revealing statements are hand-written. Wing elicited responses by asking a series of questions that are not easily answered and then chose only one of the answers from each person, who then wrote their answer on a chalkboard. How would you answer these questions?
What are you? How do you think others see you? What don’t they see? What advice would you give to a stranger? What is your favorite word? Describe an incident that changed you. How have you been affected by race?
Workshop participants will pair with someone in the room they are unfamiliar with, ask each other these questions, choose each other’s answer, and write their answer down on black construction paper with white chalk. Participants then photograph their partner with their chalkboard.