"We knew we wanted to connect with the opening of the Green Line in some way because the Project Space is right by the tracks between the Union Depot and the Central station," Chang said. "We've been looking forward to it as a way to bring additional people to the area."
Along with the photos including select images from Huie's 2010 "
"The artists came up with a very good project that's both compelling as an installation in the gallery, but it also clearly has an active life outside the gallery as well," Chang said.
For the exhibit,
"I'm focusing in more on the people who are in between point A and point B, the people who have been there a long time," Tavera said. "Some of them are very hopeful the light rail is going to bring them a lot of business, but a lot of them are discontented with this project. Their taxes have gone up and the parking is a problem. If they don't have a parking lot, in some places the parking is completely gone. I started to hear all these different stories that weren't what I expected. I expected more like, 'This is going to be great.' I took 25 portraits, that's a very small amount of businesses. This is a small sample of that."
Tavera is hoping people who come to "From Here to There" will appreciate the "human side" of the Green Line.
"It's not just numbers and statistics and the time that it takes to get from
Along with showing how unique each person's experience is with the Green Line, Chang says Tavera's work introduces the idea of becoming a tourist in your own city and looking at things you might have otherwise ignored.
"We're hoping to pique curiosity about these people and people will think, 'Hey maybe I'll get off two stops earlier so I can check out this thrift shop because this guy sounds kind of interesting and I want to see him for myself,' " Chang explained. "Xavier is allowing people to get to know the person in a sense. It's easier to meet someone when you know a little about them."
What: "From There to Here"
When: Opens Thursday (opening,
Info: mmaa.org or 651-797-2571
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