Inside Out

public24Dog Barking at the Moon (1926) by Joan Miro, photographed by Laura Storck

Inside Out, Philadelphia Museum of Art,

Museum Masterpieces in Your Community

Written and photographed by Laura Storck

I spy art in unexpected places! That’s right — high-quality reproductions of famous art works have popped up in local communities as a part of the Inside Out program, a project sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In this program, the museum is sharing 61 framed replicas from its collection around the region.  Brilliant!

public22Two Calla Lilies on Pink (1928), Georgia O’Keeffe, photographed by Laura Storck

What a great way to bring fine art outside of the confines of the gallery walls to the public realm. I felt absolutely ecstatic when I learned that 11 works would be sprinkled throughout my own backyard in Haddonfield, NJ. Not only does this allow for the convenience and easy accessibility to enjoy these works nearby, but I can savor them en plein air; I absolutely adore the organic context.public21The Libraries Are Appreciated (1943) by Jacob Lawrence, photographed by Laura Storck

Since I spend the majority of my free time in Philly, this outdoor exhibit also allows me to rediscover, reconnect, and to appreciate this beautiful neighborhood and all it has to offer.

public20The Kiss (1916) by Constanin Brancusi, photographed by Laura Storck

I was able to locate and photograph the pieces in under an hour (by the way, I DO love a good scavenger hunt!). These alluring works are very carefully placed, and complement each spot very well. The art at each location conveyed a cosmic romanticism and palpable energy that forcefully pulled me in.

public18Tanis (1915) by Daniel Garber, photographed by Laura Storckpublic16Portrait of a Roman Lady (La Nanna, 1859) by Sir Frederic Leighton, photographed by Laura Storckpublic15Poplars on the Bank of the Epte River (1891) by Claude Monet, photographed by Laura Storck

Here is the list of all 11 replica art works that are currently on view at various locations in Haddonfield:

  • Rondel Depicting Holofernes’s Army Crossing the Euphrates River (1246-48), from France
  • Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902-4), by Paul Cezanne
  • The Libraries Are Appreciated (1943), by Jacob Lawrence
  • Dog Barking at the Moon (1926), by Joan Miro
  • Marine (about 1652-53), by Simon Jacobsz de Vlieger
  • Tanis (1915), by Daniel Garber
  • Two Calla Lilies on Pink (1928), by Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Portrait of a Roman Lady (La Nanna) (1859), by Sir Frederic Leighton
  • Pichincha (1867), by Frederic Edwin Church
  • The Kiss (1916), by Constantin Brancusi
  • Poplars on the Bank of the Epte River (1891), by Claude Monet

I was thrilled to see a photograph one of my favorite masterpieces of all time, Brancusi’s The Kiss, included in this outdoor exhibit. This piece is so simple yet it conveys such emotion, tenderness, and gentle eroticism that runs deep to the core. Personally, I am always swept away and overcome with emotion when this amazing sculpture finds my gaze.

public13Pichincha (1867) by Frederic Edwin Church, photographed by Laura Storck

public12Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902-4) by Paul Cezanne, photographed by Laura StorckInside Out, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Laura StorckMarine (1652-3) by Simon Jacobsz de Vlieger, photographed by Laura Storck

Inside Out is being unveiled in two cycles between Summer and Autumn 2015. From mid-May until August, you may find art works in the following communities:

  • Haddonfield, Camden County, NJ
  • Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA   
  • East Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA  
  • Media, Delaware County, PA
  • Newtown, Bucks County, PA

From mid-August through November, you may stroll through these neighborhoods to find the next wave of pop-up collections:

  • Fishtown, and Kensington, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ambler, Montgomery County, PA
  • Norristown, Montgomery County, PA
  • Wayne, Delaware County, PA
  • West Chester, Chester County, PA

This project does an amazing job of reaching out to make this fine art accessible to communities that are relatively geographically distant from the museum.  I sincerely look forward to checking out the rest of the outdoor exhibits!

Go to www.philamuseum.org/insideout for maps and detailed information.

Included in this article are photographs of all but one of the Haddonfield art replicas on display. I’ll leave the challenge up to you to find it!

“Inside Out, May 15, 2015 – Mid-November 2015

Encounter high-quality replicas of artworks from the Museum’s collection in your neighborhood. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is sharing its art. This summer and fall, sixty high-quality replicas of Museum masterpieces will find their way into communities around the region. Each participating neighborhood will feature about ten artworks within a short distance of each other. Walk through the park, hop on a bike, or meander down Main Street through each exciting outdoor exhibition.Join your family and friends and encounter art in unexpected places. Picnic next to Claude Monet’s iconicJapanese Footbridge, stop to smell the flowers near Georgia O’Keeffe’s Calla Lilies, or shine a flashlight on Paul Gauguin’s Sacred Mountain during a midnight stroll. Never been to the Museum? Inside Out brings treasures from its collection to you. Pick a neighborhood, grab your friends and family, and explore.” – Philadelphia Museum of Art, Inside Out

Written and photographed  by Laura Storck except where noted

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