This collection consists of photographs taken by University of California, Irvine anthropology professor emeritus Frank Cancian from 2009-2011. The photographs, consisting of more than 3000 images taken over seventy-five sessions, document the people, events, and spaces at the Ring Mall on the UC Irvine campus, and were compiled by Cancian into a project and exhibit entitled "Main Street UCI."
In February 2009, Cancian stopped in the Ring Mall plaza at UC Irvine to take pictures of a student campaigning for homecoming queen. Two weeks later, he found traveling evangelists in the plaza and photographed them and the students interacting with them. Cancian continued to photograph life on the Ring Mall, primarily between the Social Sciences buildings and the Student Center, until early 2011. The photographs were displayed in exhibitions at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (2011) and the UC Irvine Student Center (2012) and were curated into four groups: Protests, Along the Street, Play and Performance, and God. The project expanded into an effort to collect stories of UC Irvine life through a blog that featured contributions from undergraduate students.
Main Street UCI illustrates campus life at UC Irvine, featuring images of protests and demonstrations, vendor activities, religious activities, food sales, dance and other performances, campus scenes, and organizations.
More information about Main Street UCI may be found at http://sites.uci.edu/mainstreetuci/.
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