Inside Out Program from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Brings Masterpieces to Tacony

November 01 2016

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is launching the 2016 season of Inside Out, a major arts initiative that brings high-quality reproductions of Museum masterpieces into communities throughout the city and region. The program has selected Tacony as a site for its Spring installation.

From April through July, residents and visitors to Tacony will get a chance to see these works of art up close. This is the second year the Museum has participated in the program, having brought Inside Out to towns across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties last year.

Timothy Rub, the Museum’s George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This project is not simply about the Museum sharing its masterpieces. This is a community project and it is about what we can do together. The Museum’s treasures are the community’s treasures, and they are for the enjoyment of everyone. We are delighted to build on last year’s success and share our art in this creative way, engaging a broader and more diverse audience across the entire region.”

”It is one thing to see such stirring works of art in a museum, but an entirely new experience to view them outdoors. By bringing Inside Out to communities across Philadelphia, we’re able to share the treasures of the Philadelphia Museum of Art more broadly and engage people directly as they go about their everyday lives, encountering art in unexpected places,” said Victoria Rogers, Vice President for Arts at Knight Foundation.

The framed reproductions represent key works from the Museum’s world-renowned collections of American, European, Latin American, and Asian art, and are placed within walking or biking distance of each other. All of the works will either be mounted on walls or placed on free-standing posts, displayed in frames representative of the time period in which they were created, and accompanied by a descriptive label.

The Museum worked with community partners to select works and identify installation sites. This year, Thomas Eakins’ Sailboats Racing on the Delaware (1874) and other waterscapes by American artist William Trost Richards and the seventeenth-century Venetian painter Canaletto, will be installed in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Tacony.

Katy Friedland, Manager of Special Projects, said: “Inside Out is all about spontaneous interactions with works of art. This year we are branching out to bring more art to more communities in Philadelphia and throughout the region. We have added even more masterpieces to the mix—among them an image of a young knight dressed in field armor that is on display in our arms and armor galleries—as well as an extraordinary reproduction of a painting of a rainy day in Paris by Camille Pissarro that currently hangs in our nineteenth-century European galleries. Every town and site offers the chance to encounter art, and hopefully will inspire a visit to the Museum to see the real masterpiece.”

On May 20 -22, the Museum is offering a weekend of free admission to the Tacony community.

"We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Inside Out to Tacony. We look forward to pairing these works of art with special events, and helping continue the neighborhood revitalization efforts here in Tacony. It has been a joy to partner with the Philadelphia Museum of Art on such an exciting project," said Alex Balloon, Director of the Tacony Community Development Corporation.

Look for upcoming special events to celebrate the opening of this art installation.

A high-resolution installation map is available for download: Tacony Art Map.

More details are available below:

Tacony Installation Schedule & Works of Art:

Friday, April 8, 2016- Installation Event

Tacony, Philadelphia

SawTown Tavern

4717 Princeton St.

Andy Warhol, Jackie (Four Jackies) (Portraits of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy) (1964)

Works of Art in Tacony (Philadelphia County)

Canaletto, The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day (about 1745)

Thomas Eakins, Sailboats Racing on the Delaware (1874)

Willem Claesz. Heda, Still Life with Ham and a Roemer (about 1631–34)

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance (1890)

Jacob Lawrence, The Libraries Are Appreciated (1943)

Sir Frederic Leighton, Portrait of a Roman Lady (La Nanna) (1859)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl in a Red Ruff (about 1896)

William Trost Richards, Newport Coast (1902)

Simon Jacobez. de Vlieger, Marine (about 1652–53)

Andy Warhol, Jackie (Four Jackies) (Portraits of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy) (1964)

Free Admission Weekend

From May 20 through 22, 2016, the Museum will offer free admission to residents living in Coatesville (19320); Doylestown (18901; 18902); Lansdowne (19050); Narberth (19072) Old City (19106; 19107); and Tacony (19135). Communities participating in the fall will also receive a weekend of free admission at a designated time during that installation.

 Towns participating in Inside Out from August–November 2016

Brewerytown, Bristol, Conshohocken, Jenkintown, Phoenixville, and Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

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Inside Out is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Special thanks to H&G Sign Co. and Krain Outdoor Advertising for providing assistance with artwork reproductions, offering access throughout Philadelphia.

 Inside Out in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the third city to present this innovative program, thanks to Knight Foundation’s support. In 2015, participating communities included Ambler, Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy, East Passyunk, Fishtown/Kensington, Media, Newtown, Norristown, Wayne and West Chester, as well as Haddonfield, New Jersey.

 About Inside Out

Inside Out was conceived by the Detroit Institute of the Arts as a way to engage the community in its collection, and has been in hundreds of locations over the past five years and engaged thousands of residents. Knight Foundation, which believes that weaving the arts into the fabric of communities inspires the people who live there, is helping to continue the success of the project by funding the program in several cities around the country, including Akron, Ohio, and others to be announced in 2016.

 About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts. Knight believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Within its national arts program, Knight believes that the arts are a catalyst for public dialogue and that shared cultural experiences contribute to a sense of place and communal identity. They seek innovative ways to reach, engage, and increase audiences for the arts through key initiatives such as Random Acts of Culture and the Knight Arts Challenge, which have brought art into people’s everyday lives and continue to create collective cultural experiences.

Knight Foundation has supported the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than four decades, most recently with the generous grant for Inside Out and for the 2012–13 exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp.

 The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia’s art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

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