Vincent van Gogh and his artist friends take to the streets of downtown Farmington

What is happening: Vincent van Gogh came to downtown Farmington and he brought his artist friends Suzuki Kiitsu, Thomas Waterman Wood, and many others. The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been busy this month, installing high-quality reproductions of classic artwork in outdoor venues around the area. There are 26 communities in this year’s cohort and Downtown Farmington is one of them.

Suzuki Kiitsu’s “Reeds and Cranes” graces the wall of downtown Farmington Starbucks through early November.What it is: The reproductions are part of the DIA’s Inside|Out program, now in its twelfth year. DIA Collection artwork is installed annually in cities, metro parks, and community colleges in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties each May and remains open through early November. Over 100 communities have participated in the program since its launch and special facilities have reached Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula. Sites near Farmington Hills and Oakland Community College also received work from Inside|Out this year.

What’s here: This year in downtown Farmington, there are reproductions of Vincent van Gogh’s “Self Portrait” (KickstART Gallery & Shop); “Sunday Morning” by Thomas Waterman Wood (Farmington Masonic Lodge); “Merrymakers” by Carolus-Duran (SIPP); “Reeds and Cranes” by Suzuki Kiitsu (Starbucks); and “Mosquito Nets” by John Singer Sargent (Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market).

What they say : “The DIA’s InsideOut program is a wonderful way for communities to experience great artwork from their collection,” says Dwayne Hayes, Executive Director of KickstART Farmington. “Self Portrait” by Vincent van Gogh was installed on the facade of the gallery earlier this month.

“We are lucky to have this opportunity in our community and we are excited to share the KickstART Gallery with Vincent over the next few months!”

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