Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out in Royal Oak

Joe kept coming last week mentioning he'd seen random pieces of framed artwork on walls around downtown Royal Oak - little did we know that this was part of Detroit Institute of Arts [DIA] Inside/Out summer exhibition taking place around metro Detroit. It's now in it's third year of bringing framed high quality reproductions from the DIA collection out onto the streets. So on Saturday we took a short drive over to our next town Royal Oak to see the six pieces they had hanging up. Here's what we found;

Royal Oak Public Library - The Recitation by Thomas Wilmer Dewing. 

 The gardens around the library

Ariana Gallery, Main St - Eleanora of Toledo and Her Son by Agnolo Bronizo

Qdoba Mexican Grille, Main St - Staunch Friends by William Fredrick Yeamas 

Noir Leather, W. 4th St - Selene and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin

Pronto, S. Washington St - Warrior With Two Pages by Peter Paul Rubens

Decorations in the flower pots for the 4th of July. 

Comedy Castle - Corner of S. Troy and 4th St. - Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church

Close up of the the Cotopaxi frame.

All the artwork are within walking distance of each other and not only do you get to see some artwork but you get to see some of the downtown areas too. Hopefully we'll get to check out the pieces in Ferndale another weekend. 

Inside/Out exhibition map [Source].

The exhibition runs across Detroit and many of it's metro cities until the end of September in; Canton, Clawson, Clinton Township, Dearborn, Detroit, Ferndale, Gordeu City, Harrison Township, Northville, Royal Oak, Trenton, Troy and Waterford.

Would something like this interest you?

16 comments:

  1. This is so fun! I would definitely check the pieces out if they were closer to me. I love that they are sharing the pieces with the public and helping to show off the community at the same time :]

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    1. Totally and it gets you seeing all the shops that you might not necessarily see or go into.

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  2. That's a really cool idea to do that! I would totally love to go and walk/tour/art-see if it wasn't so hot outside right now!

    ♥ laura
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    1. I know what you mean! We did this on Saturday at 7PM and oh my it was still too warm!

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  3. It looks so cool, I love it when art is put up like this, they do it a lot in the Summer in London and you really do see so much more of an area than you usually would!
    Charlotte

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    1. I use to go to the galleries a lot as a student but it's something i've not kept up so it was great to see art for a change!

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  4. Love this, what an interesting idea (I actually really like the frames even as well) :-)

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    1. We were wondering if the frames themselves were reproductions of the ones the paintings are hanging in too.

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  5. Love this idea! Such beautiful pictures up there too :) xo

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    1. Nice seeing the pictures in natural light too!

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  6. those detail shots are really pretty, happy 4th of July hun!!

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  7. looks great to visit! i've never been to detroit and don't really know much about it - but this seems like a great art program

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    1. Yeah Detroit's rather understated and forgotten about. Great to see programs like this getting out to the street.

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