By BOB OLIVER
DEARBORN — After a year off, the Detroit Institute of Art is bringing its “Inside Out” promotion back to Dearborn this summer.
Dearborn, along with 17 other communities around metropolitan Detroit, will host 80 reproductions of the most famous works of art at the DIA around the city from late July through October.
DIA Community Relations Specialist Gabby Bryant said Friday that the number of pieces to be featured in Dearborn has not been decided yet, but the final number should be between seven and 12.
She added that which reproductions will be on display has also not been decided yet.
Bryant said representatives from each community that will display artwork this summer were invited to the DIA Friday to discuss the program, the artwork and have brainstorming discussions to how to kick off their individual “Inside Out” program to get more involvement from residents.
“We’ll mostly discuss logistics and what past communities have done with the artwork and what they plan to do with it,” Bryant said.
The “Inside Out” program began in 2010 as part of the 125th anniversary celebration for the museum.
Bryant said the mission of the program is to urge community engagement in the arts.
“By taking reproductions of the most famous artwork to the main streets and landmarks and outdoor spaces in metro Detroit, we re-imagine the area as a grand open art gallery,” Bryant said. “We’re trying to connect the audiences viewing the work outside to a traditional art museum.”
She said the artwork is displayed in the communities by either being attached to a brick wall or by being mounted on a pole that can be set up near a street or in a park so that it can be viewed by motorists or those on foot.
When “Inside Out” was in Dearborn in 2012, eight pieces, including work by Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh and John Singer Sargent, were displayed at locations in both the east and west ends of the city.
Dearborn Heights was part of the program last year and had seven pieces on display from April to July.
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