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DIA Inside|Out Art Walk

 

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The Ann Arbor pieces are all clustered within walking or biking distance of one another, and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides guided tours of the exhibit every Saturday and Sunday through June 23. Since I have a fear of viewing art with strangers, my friend and I head out on an early spring day on our own, with a map of the locations.

The first piece we locate is Carlo Saraceni's The Fruit Vendor, from the 1600s. A woman offers a stern looking vendor one coin, with her hand outstretched. It's a bit of a mystery. What happens? Does he accept her coin and sell the melon? Will we ever know? Its placement on the wall of the Kerrytown Market & Shops is quite clever, too.

The more paintings we find, the clearer it becomes that their locations are not accidental. With the exception of the anonymous Egyptian painting Head of a Woman, each replica is located on the wall of a building, framed by its natural surroundings. Head of a Woman is nestled amongst shrubs, trees, and grasses just outside the People's Food Co-op. This woman lived nearly 2,000 years ago and had her portrait painted in her youth in order to place it over her mummified body after she died.

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