The new exhibit, “Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s” explores the city during a time when the Foshay Tower dominated the skyline and sidewalks bustled with people before skyways overtook the landscape.
Through the camera lens of Mike Evangelist, then a 17-year-old from the suburbs, visitors can experience the vibrant and changing world of 1970s Minneapolis – from busy shoppers on Nicollet Mall and once-great movie houses to a disabled veteran selling pencils. Evangelist recently rediscovered these photos, 40 years after he first took them.
A companion book of the same name, featuring Evangelist’s photos and text by Andy Sturdevant, will be available this fall.
Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, will celebrate the exhibit opening with a public reception on Nov. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with remarks from Evangelist and Sturdevant beginning at 7 p.m.
“Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s” is located in the museum’s Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours. It will be on view until April 3.