Southfield to participate in DIA Inside|Out program

By: Mike Koury | Southfield Sun | Published May 12, 2022

SOUTHFIELD — After an eight-year absence, the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program makes its return to Southfield.

The city of Southfield is one of 26 communities from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties that is participating in the Inside|Out program for 2022. The program sees high-quality reproductions of art pieces from the DIA’s collection brought to outdoor locations throughout metro Detroit.

According to the DIA, the communities will receive four to 10 reproductions each, and they will be installed throughout May. The reproductions will be on display through early November.

All the art pieces will be spread throughout the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Campus. The reproductions will be located at Civic Center Park Pavilion #1, the Southfield Sports Arena Ice Rink, the 46th District Court, City Hall, the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department, Veteran’s Park and the Southfield Public Library.

In past years when Inside|Out was located in Southfield, Community Relations Director Michael Manion said, the pieces had been scattered through the city. The reason the art is closer together this year is to help better facilitate biking and walking tours.

When they were scattered, Manion said, the thought behind that idea was to have art that people could find in unexpected places, such as near a lake or on a nature trail. The feedback Southfield received, however, was that there were some installations that certain groups of people, like seniors or those with mobility issues, couldn’t reach.

“We also found for programming it was a little more problematic for trying to do some of these tours,” he said. “That would then require folks jumping in a car, kind of keeping groups together to coordinate, that could be a little more difficult. So we thought to have them all grouped on the campus really helped for accessibility, because the most important thing, I think, is that folks get to see them and experience them and have that interaction with them.”

Southfield will receive seven reproductions from the DIA that will be located in the city. The pieces that can be found on the tour include “Hard Ball III,” by Robert Moskowitz; “The Palms Parade Crowd,” by Russ Marshall; and “Rounded Flower Bed,” by Claude Monet.

DIA Regional Public Relations Manager Megan Hawthorne said Southfield will have its art reproductions installed May 12, though that is weather dependent.

“The goal of Inside|Out is to bring these high-quality reproductions into the community, and Southfield is a community that we have not done at least in the past couple of years,” she said. “We are constantly trying to reach members of the community, the tri-county community, so we’re excited to be in Southfield this year.”

Manion said this city is very pleased to have Inside|Out come back to Southfield.

“We’re hoping to get docent tours from the DIA … that can go on some of these things where they can speak to each piece in detail, answer questions for folks and give a little more background on each of the reproductions,” he said.