One of the pieces from the DIA’s Inside|Out program, “Untitled,” by Edouard Duval-Carrié, can be found in the Withington Street pedestrian alley.

One of the pieces from the DIA’s Inside|Out program, “Untitled,” by Edouard Duval-Carrié, can be found in the Withington Street pedestrian alley.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

DIA Inside|Out program brings art reproductions to Ferndale

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 15, 2021


FERNDALE — The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program has returned to Ferndale after nine years.

As part of the Inside|Out program, the DIA has placed six high-quality reproductions of pieces from its collection around Ferndale for the community to view.

The pieces and their locations are: “Untitled,” by Edouard Duval-Carrié, in the Withington Street pedestrian alley; “Bookshop: Hebrew Books, Holy Day Books,” by Ben Shahn, in the Liberty Courtyard on East Troy Street; “Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart,” by Florine Stettheimer, in the Troy pedestrian alley near the Candle Wick Shoppe; “Fourteenth Street at Sixth Avenue,” by John Sloan, at The dot; and “Movement #27,” by Kwesi Owusu-Ankomah, at Schiffer Park at West Nine Mile Road and Planavon Street.

One piece, “The Piazza San Marco,” by Canaletto, was taken from its Popup Park location at 165 E. Nine Mile Road.  Public Information Officer Jill Mahlmeister said it’s believed that “Piazza” was stolen between July 1 and July 4. The DIA has confirmed that it will replace the stolen reproduction, though it might change the location.

The DIA’s community engagement team made the selections of the art featured. Regional Public Relations Manager Megan Hawthorne said there wasn’t specific criteria for what art was chosen, but they did want the pieces to blend with the areas where they would be located.

“We have a certain number of these high-quality reproductions from our collection, and they are outside, they are weatherproof. So every few years, certain ones need a little refurbishing, a little love,” she said. “It’s dependent on which ones are ready to be placed outside. They kind of talk to the community and they also look at the buildings in the area that’s selected and try and pick a diverse amount of pieces that also compliment the physical look of the building.”

Ferndale is one of 24 communities taking part in Inside|Out this year. It last participated in the program in 2012. The Arts and Cultural Commission, led by Chairperson Augusto Mike Flores and Treasurer Lauren Osuch, worked with the DIA on where the art would be located.

While the commission didn’t have a say in which art would be selected, Flores said they were able to have art they felt was reflective of the community.

Flores was happy they were able to get two pieces — “Untitled” and “Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart” — that are being displayed outside the DIA for the first time.

“We wanted them to be within walking distance of each other within the core downtown,” he said. “We wanted them to be in high visibility areas, so areas that have a lot of high traffic, but more importantly that would be accessible to everyone. We were very, very thoughtful about making sure all these pieces would be accessible, regardless of someone’s mobility mode or ability to get there.”

Osuch shared her excitement in an email about Ferndale being able to feature “Untitled” and “Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart.”

“I emphasized (to the DIA that) Ferndale was the perfect place to showcase diverse artists or progressive topics,” she stated. “‘Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart’ by Florine Stettheimer reflects LGBTQ themes, and ‘Untitled’ by Edouard Duval-Carrie is both by a Black artist and touches on the topic of unwelcome U.S. military intervention.”

The reproductions were placed around Ferndale at the end of June. They will stay there through at least the end of September.