August 20, 2015
On Aug. 13, Jackie O arrived on the West Chester campus.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art installed a high-quality reproduction of "Jackie (Four Jackies) (Portraits of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy)" by Andy Warhol on the High Street side of Philips Memorial Building. It will remain there until Thanksgiving as part of the museum’s "InsideOut" program that brings replicas of masterpieces to outdoor locations throughout the Philadelphia region.
West Chester Borough Parks and Recreation Department consulted with University representatives to determine a suitable public place on campus where the community could unexpectedly encounter art. The choice of artwork, selected from a total of 60 circulating replicas, was determined by the museum.
InsideOut began this spring with 11 or more paintings reproduced on outdoor displays in Media, Newtown (Bucks County), Haddonfield, N.J., Chestnut Hill and along East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia. In the current cycle, West Chester Borough joins Ambler, Fishtown, Norristown and Wayne in each receiving a minimum of 11 replicas of masterpieces. West Chester Borough received 13 pieces and chose such visible locations as the Melton Arts & Education Center, the corner of East Gay and North Matlack streets, The Hickman, and the municipal building as installation sites. Click here for a map of all sites.
Gina Ciralli, the project’s coordinator, says the concept is based on a six-year-old program initiated by the Detroit Institute of Art, which annually offers its neighborhoods 90 replica paintings. Only two other cities are hosting a similar project this year, and each museum is circulating 30 artworks: Ohio’s Akron Art Museum (one location is the University of Akron and the University Park neighborhood) and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (Fla). The projects are supported by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
In our region, H&G Sign Company and Krain Outdoor Advertisements work together to take a high-resolution photograph of the artwork, screen print the photo onto a board, build a frame and weatherproof the entire piece prior to installation.
Residents from zip codes participating this fall will receive free general admission to the Museum from Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 18. To gain free entry to the Museum that weekend, go to any Visitor Services desk and present your driver’s license or your ID card that lists one of these zip codes: 19002, 19125, 19401, 19403, 19404, 19087, 19380, 19381, 19383, 19382, or 19388.