Public invited to opening reception of I-35W Bridge collapse photo exhibit

The public is invited to the opening reception for Bridge, a new photography exhibit commemorating the fifth anniversary of the collapse of the I-35W Bridge. Bridge features photographs by artist Vance Gellert and will be on view at Mill City Museum through December 2012. The exhibit is the culmination of a two-year project in which Gellert interviewed and photographed the survivors, first responders and others closely associated with the bridge collapse.

The opening night reception is Aug. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St., and it is free and open to the public. Please note that a performance event scheduled for 5:45 p.m. at the museum is sold out, but the opening reception for Bridge is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

The exhibit features portraits of and a selection of quotes from the survivors and first responders from the bridge collapse as well as photographs of the remains of the bridge girders – twisted metal that was transformed into sculptural objects in the 13 seconds that it took for the bridge to collapse.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Minnesota Historical Society through a grant made possible by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Additional support for the exhibition is provided in part by a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant made to Vance Gellert. The exhibition, Bridge, will be on view at the Mill City Museum Aug. 1 through December 2012. The exhibit will be located in the museum’s central lobby, and it is free to view.

For museum hours, go to www.millcitymuseum.org.

Published Jul 30, 2012