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Posted on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 10:16 a.m.

Take a walking tour Detroit Institute of Arts' "Inside|Out" installations throughout Ann Arbor

By Ann Dwyer

Take a break, get some exercise and take in re-creations of great art during the Walking Tours of DIA Inside/Out Artworks, Fridays throughout the month of June.


courtesy of the Public Art Commission

Now in its second year, Inside/Out brings 80 reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to the streets and parks of southeast Michigan. There are seven re-created masterpiece paintings in downtown Ann Arbor, representing eras ranging from Early Egyptian to mid-century Impressionism. When possible, the works are placed in fitting areas, such as Il Pensionante del Saraceni’s "The Fruit Vendor" installed by the Kerrytown Market & Shops.

The Ann Arbor Art Center will be hosting free walking tours of the artworks installed throughout downtown. Tours will begin at the Art Center and will be led by trained volunteer docents. Due to distance and time constraints, around four to five works will be visited within the hour tour.

June 14, 21, 28, 2013. 1-2 p.m. Free. The A3C is located at 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-8004.



Tue, Jun 11, 2013 : 11:26 a.m.

Love the inside/out artworks. Maybe Ann Arbor could use some our "art money" to supplement this program.


Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 2:43 p.m.

I'm a docent for this program and was trained at the Hands On Museum. We started and ended our tours there and not the Art Center. I just talked to somebody at the Art Center, who knows nothing about it. I just talked to somebody at the Hands On Museum, who says 3 tours left from there yesterday. Also, the Art Center has no extension 101. Please look into this.


Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Aha, now I understand. John Kotarski just cleared this up for me, too; as you say, there are 2 programs. Thanks for listing the times at Hands On because I forgot when to report. :-) No problem about the extension.

Bob Needham

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 3 p.m.

I think both entities are doing tours. We have a press release from the Art Center about theirs. In addition, tours start at the Hands On Museum every Saturday and Sunday, every half hour from noon to 2:30 pm. Sorry about the incorrect phone extension; that's been removed.

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 2:22 p.m.

How timely, since Snyder just declared the DIA art an "asset" that can be sold. I cannot imagine the outrage donors must feel at the prospect of their donations being sold off for a quick buck. The DIA, and all museums and parks, must be made a separate entity, protected from politicians and city government schemes.