Episode No. 120 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights the re-discovery of a devotional painting by Spanish master Bartolome Esteban Murillo.
The painting is The Infant St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness (ca. 1670). For the last eight decades the painting has been on view in a corner of a living room in suburban Detroit’s Meadow Brook Hall, one of the greatest Tudor-style residences built in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. (Today, Meadow Brook is on the campus of Oakland University.) On this week’s program, we’ll hear the story of how DIA curator Salvador Salort-Pons spotted The Infant St. John the Baptist, and how he and a team at the DIA helped bring it back to life. The story will be told with the assistance of Salort-Pons, art historian Jonathan Brown, Meadow Brook curator Madelyn Rzadkowolski, DIA conservator Alfred Ackerman and Oakland sophomore Holly Lustig.
Murillo’s The Infant St. John the Baptist is now on view at the DIA, where it will remain installed for five years.
This is the second Modern Art Notes Podcast to try to spotlight the role the Detroit Institute of Arts plays in its community. The first program, “Testimony for Detroit,” featured Detroiters talking about how the DIA and the art there impacted their lives, aired in September, 2013.
The second segment features artist Alison Rossiter. Her work is featured in “What Is a Photograph?” an exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. The exhibition, which is on view through May 4, was curated by Carol Squiers. It looks at how over the last 40 years artists, often more interested in making an artwork than in specifically making a photograph, have probed the question of what a photograph can be.
Rossiter is a New York-based artist whose recent work has explored uses of expired photographic paper. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Canada over the last 30 years and her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the George Eastman House, the National Gallery of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Air date: Feb. 20. 2014.