HOUGHTON — The Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the Rozsa Center and Pavlis Honors College are thrilled to announce the fall gallery exhibition, Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood. The exhibition presents a collection of gelatin silver and inkjet photographs of modern Mongolia. The images capture the unique and storied history of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, its transition through economic and cultural change – and the rich and thriving culture that drives this young Asian nation. This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Pavlis Honors College of Michigan Tech and the D80 Conference, where Kirkwood will deliver the keynote address.
The title “The City of Heroes” refers to the name chosen for this urban center before pressure from Soviet activists led to its renaming, Ulaanbaatar (City of the Red Hero). Mongolia’s history is long and complex, most recently marked by its transition from communism to democracy after the fall of the Soviet Union. This transition has been guided by international bodies such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Fund, but the country’s rapid entry into a market economy has posed many challenges for its citizens, despite the optimism of external economists who consider the country as a “generator of global growth” nation. Mongolia offers a prescient look at the disconnect between prescriptive policies and the cultural and political realities that limit their success. Kirkwood’s images seek to capture these tensions and draw attention to Mongolia’s dynamic culture.
Meghan Kirkwood is an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. His photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Europe and South Africa. She holds an MFA in photography from Tulane University and a PhD in art history from the University of Kansas. Learn more about Kirkwood at www.meghankirkwood.com.
The exhibition will run from Monday September 28 to Saturday November 14. Artwork also hangs in several campus buildings and can be seen on a guided walking tour. The opening hours of the gallery are: Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 8 pm and from 1 pm to 8 pm on Saturday. Walking tour hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kirkwood will give his D80 keynote online Friday, October 8 at noon, and an online conference Saturday, October 3 at 5 p.m. Tour map, Zoom links, and more details on all Hero-related events City and the D80 conference can be found on the Rozsa Center website.
This program is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Michigan State King-Chavez-Parks Initiative Provost’s Office. Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution and an equal opportunity employer that provides equal opportunity to all, including protected veterans and people with disabilities. For the latest news and events, please sign up for our Rozsa newsletter, check our website and Facebook page frequently, and stay informed as we announce new events every week.