Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out outdoor art exhibit returns to Southfield May-November
The city of Southfield has again been selected to take part in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Inside|Out outdoor art exhibition. Now in its 13th year, Inside|Out brings framed reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets and parks of the metro area – pleasantly surprising and delighting residents of the participating communities. The exhibition will be on display from May 11 until mid-November featuring seven high-quality reproductions located throughout the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road.
Detailed maps outlining the location of each reproduction will be available in City Hall, in the current issue of Southfield Living city newsletter, downloaded from the City’s website, or viewed interactively at:
“The Inside|Out program is not only a great way to showcase some of the DIA’s most famous masterpieces, but also the beauty of the city of Southfield as the perfect backdrop,” commented Community Relations Director Michael Manion. “We are very excited to be able to bring art to public places thanks to this innovative cultural arts program.”
The City of Southfield’s 2022 reproductions include:
- Bookshop: Hebrew Books, Holy Day Books by Ben Shahn located at Civic Center Park Pavilion;
- Hard Ball III by Robert Moskowitz at the Southfield Sports Arena;
- Interior of St. Peter's, Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini at the 46th District Court;
- The Palms Parade Crowd by Russ Marshall at the Police Memorial Garden;
- Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church at the Southfield Parks & Recreation Building;
- Rounded Flower Bed by Claude Monet at the Veterans’ Memorial Garden; and
- Untitled by Edouard Duval-Carrié at the Southfield Public Library.
As a diverse community with a majority of African American residents, the City of Southfield specifically requested works created by or featuring people of color as well as other artists that reflect Southfield’s rich religious and racial backgrounds. The Detroit Institute of Arts was very accommodating of this request by providing two such reproductions of very prominent artworks, including:
- Haitian artist Edouard Duval Carrié’s work Untitled that will be featured at the Southfield Public Library. Edouard Duval Carrié is a contemporary artist and curator based in Miami, Florida that was born and raised in Haiti. His famous work Untitled depicts a black navy admiral fiercely leading his ship down hostile waters.
- Jewish artist Ben Shahn’s Bookshop: Hebrew Books, Holy Day Books that will be featured at the Civic Center Park Pavilion. Ben Shahn was an American artist that was best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of inspiring lectures.
The DIA is also working with Southfield Community Relations and the Southfield Public Library to offer several educational opportunities and other fun activities in conjunction with the program. Look for more information soon about installation walking and biking tours, DIA docent lectures and art-making workshops and other fun and educational activities.
Facebook users can follow Inside|Out updates and share their experiences with the program through messages, photos, videos and more at www.facebook.com/dia.insideout. More information, a complete listing of programs and all metro area exhibit locations (including interactive maps) is also featured on the DIA’s Web site at www.dia.org.
Inside|Out is sponsored through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Random Acts of Culture Grant for the purpose of weaving the arts into the fabric of communities to inspire the people who live there.
For more information, call Southfield Community Relations at (248) 796-5130.