Wing Young Huie, A Ping Pong Retrospective
Ping with Wing! See 1,500 photos that span 35 years by photographer Wing Young Huie—all in one night while batting glow-in-the-dark balls with friends and strangers. This project re-imagines your old-fashioned living room slide show coupled with basement-style ping pong—except the living room/basement is an outdoor lot in the University of Minnesota’s West Bank.

There are six to eight ping pong tables, with organized mini-tournaments, as well as open tables for spontaneous pick-up games. Card tables are also available for card or board games.

This unique retrospective is a culmination of more than a dozen projects that document the dizzying everyday socioeconomic and cultural realities of our changing cultural landscape. These include the public installations: Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010), all of which transform major urban areas into photographic galleries.

A Ping Pong Retrospective explores the impact of revealing citizens’ private lives in a public, celebratory fashion. This project furthers the participatory concepts of previous works by encouraging playful engagement and redefining an empty urban lot into a communal space that is theater, Town Square, and rec room.

Presented by Northern with support from Nomad World Pub
Photograph courtesy the artist
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