#JaxOutings takes museum works to the streets

Sometimes art wants to be set free. That’s the idea behind the worldwide Outings project, initiated by French visual artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca.

The project proclaims anyone can enter a museum, take pictures, and set the art free by placing printed pieces around town.

A group of art instigators brought the movement to Jacksonville in June 2015 by pasting six large prints of figures from paintings from the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens permanent collection on walls around downtown. Each piece is labeled #JaxOutings.

Artist Dolf James, whose often involved in public art projects and helped create the CoRK Arts District in Riverside, approached Cummer Director Hope McMath with the idea when he heard about Outings project on Twitter. Joined by photographer Doug Eng and artist Corey Kolb, they attached enlarged prints of figures from paintings in the Cummer’s collection to downtown buildings using wheat paste. They had previously obtained permission from the buildings’ owners.

The works of art they sampled are “Young Love” and “Return from the Harvest” by 19th century French realist painter William Adolphe Bouguereau; “The Concert” by 17th century Flemish painter Theodor Rombouts; “The Stela of Iku and Mer-imat,” a 3,000-year-old Egyptian painting on a stone slab; “Parade to War, Allegory,” a 1938 painting by John Steuart Curry; and “Theseus Discovering his Father’s Sword,” by 17th century French painter Reynaud Levieux.

The group plans to put up more images depending on when permission is granted, so make sure to keep an eye out during your visit to Jacksonville. If you feel like it, snap a photo to share on social media and use #JaxOutings and #OnlyInJax!

Photographs provide by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

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