Episode No. 160 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast looks back at our previous coverage of the role the Detroit Institute of Arts plays in its community.
You probably know the story: As a result of something known as a ‘Grand Bargain’ between the interested parties in Michigan and a group of national foundations and corporations, the DIA has come out of Detroit’s bankruptcy as a stand-alone institution, a museum with all of its once-threatened art intact.
We look back at two of the programs we produced in an effort to draw greater attention to the DIA, its history and its importance to Michigan and art in America. First up, we’ll revisit a conversation MAN Podcast host Tyler Green had with College Art Association executive director Linda Downs, author of the1999 book “Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals.” Downs wrote the book when she was a curator of education at the DIA.
Then we’ll re-visit the re-discovery of a Bartolome Esteban Murillo at Meadow Brook Hall outside Detroit. That painting, The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, which dates to about 1670, is still on view at the DIA. Detroit curator Salvador Salort-Pons and conservator Alfred Ackerman explain how they found the painting and brought it back to life.
Air date: Nov. 27, 2014.