"Art in Unexpected Places." This is how the Philadelphia Museum of Art describes their very successful Inside Out community art program. This prestigious program, in its third year, came to Downtown Glenside from mid-September through mid-December, 2017.
Through the program, members of the community were asked to choose their favorite paintings, which were then placed as large-scale replicas throughout the neighborhood. Locations for the paintings were chosen to maximize the opportunities that walkers and shoppers, as well as drivers, would have to view them. Each of the 10 pieces were within walking distance of each other, and included works from artists Frantisek Kupka, Florine Strettheimer (seen right, bottom), Sarah Mary Taylor, Juan Miro, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley (seen right, top), Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Klee and Marcel Duchamp.
With detailed descriptions accompanying the art, viewers learned about the artist and the inspiration behind the piece. Providing such information supports the goal of the program, which, according to museum representatives, is to "inspire people to think about the role art can play in their daily lives."
A great thank you from the Glenside community is extended to the Museum and to the program's main benefactor, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Inside Out 2017
Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania
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To learn more about the Inside Out program, and the exhibit in Glenside, click on these links: