According to the Walker, the Worlds Away exhibit is intended to:
- demonstrate how the American suburb has played a role in the creation of new art
- challenge preconceived ideas and expectations about suburbia
- impart a better understanding of how those ideas were formed and how they are challenged by contemporary realities.
As part of the publicity for this major Walker exhibit, Migliorino has or will be interviewed by numerous local media groups including Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO television, the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune.
Essays and interviews pertaining to American suburban life in a 320-page, fully illustrated book accompany the exhibit.
About Migliorino's Series: The Hidden Suburbs: A Portrait
The Hidden Suburbs: A Portrait photography series by Anoka-Ramsey photography faculty member, Laura E. Migliorino examines urban and suburban sprawl and the ex-burbs, which are an ever-growing aspect of the American landscape.
Migliorino says the series of portraits seeks to reveal the diversity that exists in the outer ring suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul while dispelling the stereotype of the suburbanite and challenging assumptions about suburban residents.
Her interest in exploring the suburbs evolved over the 20 years that she has commuted from her home in South Minneapolis to her teaching job at the college in Coon Rapids. Through the years, Migliorino says she has witnessed farmland disappear and be replaced with housing so uniform and controlled it is often difficult to distinguish one from another.
See more of Worlds Apart exhibit. See more about The Hidden Suburbs series. Learn more about the art programs offered at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.