At times playful, silly and serious, Instagrammers in four cities this month interpreted art in their own way with the #InsideOutUSA photo contest, highlighting the national InsideOut program that takes high-quality replicas of art in museums’ collections and brings them to neighborhoods.
The photographers juxtaposed modern cityscapes with classic art, and brought in skateboarders, toddlers and street vendors to create their own works.
Two played with the human body to create their image. In Detroit, a shadow appears to either lift up – or try to run away with – “Seascape: Sunset” by Martin Johnson Heade on the Dequindre Cut, an old railway line turned to trails.
In Miami, a tree trunk became the base of a woman’s body for this winning image, which played with Christina Pettersson’s 2009 work “Eudora Welty’s Grave,” installed on a basketball court at a city of Hialeah park.
The framing of the winners in Philadelphia and Akron were key.
In Philly, the judge, photographer Conrad Benner, liked how the arches in the painting of a Dutch church by Pieter Jansz “mirror the arches on Christ Church behind it, or vice versa, and how it made my eyes dance back and forth comparing the two.”
Congratulations to @chadharnish, the winner of our #InsideOutUSA photo contest. Our judge, Conrad Benner of @streetsdept, said ” Chad’s photo just spoke to me. I liked the juxtaposition of the painting’s grand architecture with the everyday orange-coned streetscape of Old City. I liked how the arches in the painting mirror the arches on Christ Church behind it, or vice versa, and how it made my eyes dance back and forth comparing the two.” Look for Conrad’s top five photo picks on the Streets Dept blog. Chad’s photo will be on display in @philamuseum next month, and he’s won a $500 gift certificate toward Art On Demand.
And in Akron, contest judge and photographer Angelo Merendino complimented the composition of the photo of the work “Miss Molly Duveneck,” by Frank Duveneck, saying “the position of the hands and cell phones work with the painting to create a nice curved shape within the rectangle format.”
Our Inside|Out Instagram Photo Contest winner is Thomas Skala @Skalamander! #InsideOutAkron contest judge @AngeloMerendino complimented the photo’s composition, saying “The position of the hands and cell phones work with the painting to create a nice curved shape within the rectangle format.” Congratulations to @Skalamander, who wins the 18 x 24 in. Inside|Out Neighborhood poster of his choosing! His photo will also appear in the next issue of View magazine and on the Inside|Out monitor in the museum’s O’Neil lobby. Check out InsideOutUSA.org for Instagram photos from Akron, Detroit, Philadelphia and Miami! Share your InsideOut Instagrams: #InsideOutAkron #InsideOutUSA @akronartmuseum
Marika Lynch is a communications consultant for Knight Foundation.