The third place is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place, 1989) argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. Oldenburg calls one's "first place" the home and those that one lives with. The "second place" is the workplace - where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction.  

All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests these hallmarks of a true "third place": free or inexpensive; food and drink, while not essential, are important; highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance); involve regulars - those who habitually congregate there; welcoming and comfortable; both new friends and old should be found there.

Wing uses photography as a societal mirror and window, seeking to reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible and seldom noticed, providing a collective portrait of the them who are really us. As an extension of his public art installations that create informal communal spaces, in spring 2011 Wing opened The Third Place Gallery. Housed in a building that previously sat empty for 47 years,Wing has turned the space into an urban living room for guest artists, social conversation, karaoke, and ping pong. 

Temporary Art Review did a good job of capturing what we do. Read their article about The Third Place.


Upcoming Event

Wing Young Huie's Holiday Photo Sale
Saturdays in December

All items will be discounted 30% (and buy three and get the fourth item free)!

Choose from hundreds of photos, books, and ephemera.

Open House every Saturday until 2016. Noon - 5 pm (apple cider & cookies!).

Otherwise open by appointment or chance.

RSVP on Facebook

Size & Price (retail)

8x10 $35

11x14 $70

12x18 $150

16x20 $300


A note from Wing:

"The value of what I do is driven by accessibility rather than exclusivity, which is why I sell my photographs at affordable prices. I do not edition my photos and all are priced by size regardless of the image. I am an independent photographic artist, but I do not make a living by doing (or selling) art; I make a living by talking about it. I have given hundreds of presentations to audiences of all kinds, trying to understand how my photographic process is of value to anyone, whether it's K-12 classrooms, colleges, non-profits, corporate executives, Rotarians, Unitarians, or police officers. I approach strangers, tens of thousands of them, and I am continually confronted by my own biases. Those encounters help to normalize the world around me. I opened The Third Place Gallery over four years ago (in a building that sat empty for 47 years) and we've had 50+ events featuring an array of artists that thousands have experienced. I am not a non-profit. My presentations fund the events and many of my projects. Buying a photograph helps support what I do."



Our next door neighbor, the fabulous Covet Consign & Design will give a generous 20% discount for framing services on all photos purchased at The Third Place (this applies year round)! Check out their ever changing inventory of home goods, artist made furniture and local artwork.



Upcoming Event

The Bullet or the Ballot
Average Mohamed's Counter-Ideology 
Friday, December 18

"It takes an idea to defeat an idea. Extremist ideology must be competed against!" - Average Mohamed 

Hello. As you may have guessed my name is Mohamed. Mohamed is the most common name in the world. I set up to talk plainly to Humanity. The issue of extremism is one that directly affects us all. I have waited for a constructive, logical argument that can reach average people. It has dawned on me that it will take an average guy. It is an average guy who turns average people into extremists. It will take all of us average people to tell them otherwise. My mission is simply create a counter ideology with your help and input. I want to give average parents and clergy talking points that can help with theological or even logical talking points countering falsehood propagated by extremists. I live happily in the greatest place a person can call home, amongst a people who cherish peace and offer people like me unparalleled opportunity to achieve as much as I want. It is in their name, that of my children and the right to free speech that I do this. 

Hopefully your New Friend

Mohamed Amin Ahmed 


Meet Mohamed Amin Ahmed, father of three, husband to Safiyo, convenience store manager by day, counter-ideologue by night. After selling his grocery store on the North Side of Minneapolis, Mohamed began working at Super America just up the block from the Third Place Gallery. Mohamed then began writing cartoons designed to combat the rhetoric of Islamic extremism with stories based on the true tenants of Islam: love and harmony. He outsources the animation to India and commissions a local audio-technician to help add sound and record voice-overs.

The Third Place Gallery and Franklin Library are partnering to host an open conversation between Minneapolis Somali youth from the Young Achievers program & Mohamed Amin Ahmed.

December 18th, 2015 (at Third Place Gallery)
6 - 8 pm


Past Events

Yo soy Latinoamérica

Friday, October 30, 2015 - November 7

The Spanish for Spanish Speakers Program at Washburn High School celebrates the diversity of Latino culture in their exhibit entitled, "Yo soy Latinoamérica."


Hand in Glove dinner

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Third Place Gallery hosted dinner for visitors during Hand In Glove 2015.


Take Love Easy
Charmin Michelle & Sam Militich

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Third Place Gallery is proud to present the world premiere of Take Love Easy: A Tribute to Ella and Joe, a duet written and performed live by Charmine Michelle & Sam Miltich. Charmin and Sam have been collaborating for the last fourteen years, performing through a variety of settings and styles, ranging from a classic five-piece jazz combo of vocals, electric guitar, saxophone, upright bass and drums, to a hot club jazz ensemble of violin, upright bass, and two acoustic guitars. They have been performing duets since Winter 2013 and have since continued performing together, a rich style of making music that they appreciate for requiring an intimate sense of mutual responsibility and vulnerability. Charmin and Sam have answered their collaborative questions by turning to the iconic duo of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass, who performed many duets throughout the 1970s. Take Love Easy: A Tribute to Ella and Joe includes many covers of Fitzgerald and Pass, as well as original music that captures the spirit of a bygone era.  

Powderhorn 24

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Ballet On The Block

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Third Place Gallery and Saint Paul Ballet are pleased to announce our first-ever collaboration, Ballet On The Block! Ballet dancers will start on four different street corners in Bryant, Bancroft, Central, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods and converge at the Wish Well in front of Pillsbury House Theatre for a performance with cellist Adam Stiber and saxophonist Tyler Cessor. Ballet dancers and musicians will then parade three blocks down Chicago Avenue to the Third Place Gallery to perform and conduct ballet workshops for all interested.

Kye Allums book reading and showcase

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kye Allums is a 25-year-old, Minnesota raised, Queer Fluid Trans* Artist, Athlete, and Author of their first book, Who Am I? In 2011, Kye graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from The George Washington University. During their time at GW, Kye also played Division I basketball for the women’s team. In 2010, Kye publicly came out and became the first Division I openly transgender athlete in NCAA history. On April 30th Kye Allums will be reading letters & poems from his first book, and showcasing artwork that was inspired by his experiences growing up in Minnesota as a young black girl, versus his experiences of living in Minnesota today, and being read as a young black guy.


Jump Boots
Venus De Mars and Lynette Reini-Grandell

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Transgender artist, musician, and performance artist Venus de Mars and poet Lynette Reini-Grandell present early and current music, visual art, and writing, exchanging views and reflecting on the complicated collaboration of their artistic lives that sometimes feel like jumping into a void with no precedent. Together, they talk about challenges and how art helps to ready themselves for the next leap.


Through Our Eyes
Gazillion Strong and Line Break Video

Friday, February 6, 2015

"Through Our Eyes," a collaboration between Gazillion Strong and Line Break, is a video production and distribution program for teens who are a part of the LGBTQ, adoptee, foster care, immigrant, and POC (people of color) communities. A shortened, 2 day version of the program for 15 teens was held at the Third Place Gallery in January of 2015. The teen participants were invited to screen and discuss their video(s) to the public at the Third Place Gallery on February 6th, 2015.
The program provides teens with the tools with which to conceive of and produce compelling video work; a powerful way through which to advocate for what is important to them and to others with whom they identify.


Resisting Normal
Rebecca Dosch Brown

Saturday, January 10, 2015

After meeting artists with disabilities and poring over archives at former state hospitals and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, local poet Rebecca Dosch Brown wrote poems in response to past atrocities and to honor all who cannot fit inside that tight box called Normal. She shared and discussed a few of these poems as well as others based on her own family’s experience resisting Normal, and invited attendees from the community to explore how society built the construct of what’s Normal (and what’s not). Her work investigates the historical impact that the concept of Normal has on our society and our daily lives. Hand-printed broadsides of collaborative poems written with Advocating Change Together poets and inspired by portraits painted by Remembering With Dignity program artists were sold to benefit their work to place proper headstones at the graves of 13,000+ people buried anonymously as “numbers” on Minnesota state hospital grounds.


Holiday Photo Sale Kickoff Event: Open-Call Photo Night

Friday, December 5, 2014

Looking for feedback on photographs you’ve taken? Not sure if a project is working? Do you want to share your photos with people who may never see them otherwise? On Friday, December 5th, The Third Place Gallery hosted an open-call photo night to kick off a month of discount photo sales of Wing’s entire inventory. Participants submitted photos around the theme of “warmth” and images were displayed for visitors to peruse and comment upon.


Chineseness closing event

Friday, September 19, 2014

What does it mean to be Chinese? Wing Young Huie, who is ABC (American Born Chinese), is collecting photographic answers to that question in his homeland of Minnesota and the motherland of China. Wing has photographed thousands of strangers for his many projects, but in Chinese-ness, he blends documentary and memoir for his most personal work to date. For the closing reception Wing invited visitors to share personal perspectives in an informal conversation; whether you have eaten it, adopted it, collected it, observed it, or were born into it – what is your Chinese-ness story?


Tell Me About Your Mother
Allison Bolah

Saturday, August 9, 2014

How is the Freudian concept of motherhood (dis)connected with cultural ideas of motherhood? How have our relationships with our mothers shaped our personal origin stories and worldviews? How do our concepts of motherhood impact our expectations of educators? “Tell Me About Your Mother,” a new video project by multimedia artist Allison Bolah that touches on all of these questions. Allison filmed interviews with educators she felt close to, then removed the dialogue. What remains, after the sound and speech have been edited out, is footage from moments just before and after questions are asked. These videos explore Allison’s interest in language and how we create complex worlds of human relationships out of the smallest information: gestures, words, notations.


Art Blocks Gathering

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A live screening of the Art Blocks project in collaboration with Pillsbury House + Theatre featuring videotaped stories from the people who live, work, and spend time on our block (the even numbers of 37xx Chicago and odd numbers of 37xx Columbus Avenue).