Lake Street USA is a six-mile public art exhibition of 600 photographs by Minneapolis-based photographer Wing Young Huie. Beginning in July, and continuing through the fall, these photographs will be exhibited on storefronts, bus stops, buses, and buildings along Lake Street from the Mississippi River to Lake Calhoun. The Lake Street USA Web site allows online visitors to see the photographs, look up their actual locations, and read related interviews, as well as participate in community discussions about the project through a public bulletin board.
With Lake Street USA, Huie makes photographic sense of the realities that lie behind the Lake Street experience. From the tongue-piercing of a young man to the meeting of a Somali prayer group to the gathering of a homeless vet and his friends, it reveals the members of a diverse community going about their daily lives--on the street, in the stores, during worship, at play, at work, and at home.
LAKE STREET USA WAS PRODUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH FORECAST PUBLIC ARTWORKS, JEROME FOUNDATION, LAKE STREET COUNCIL, LAKE STREET PARTNERS, LONGFELLOW COMMUNITY COUNCIL, LYNDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION, AND THE METROPOLITAN REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL THROUGH AN APPROPRIATION FROM THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE, MINNEAPOLIS ARTS COMMISSION, PARTS PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, PHOTOS, INC., POWDERHORN PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, RICHARD R. GREEN INSTITUTE, AND RUMINATOR PRESS. THE WEB SITE WAS PRODUCED BY ATI CONSULTING, WITH SERVING ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY THE WALKER ART CENTER.