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The MAN Podcast: Spotlighting Detroit

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights the unfolding crisis in Detroit, specifically as it related to the city’s art collection and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The program was built around the dozens of emails we received from listeners when we asked them to share with us their memories of the DIA and their stories of how the DIA had been important in their lives. The stories of seven of those listeners — Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jaclyn Millichamp, Andrew Mackey, Julie Thomson, Lauren Rossi Harroun, Bernard Yenelouis and Michelle Perron — are at the core of this week’s show.

Because about 80 percent of the listeners who wrote in mentioned Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals as being of special import to them, this week’s MAN Podcast features an extra focus on Rivera’s masterpiece. Joining me to talk about the murals and the DIA’s plans to conserve 13 enormous cartoons that Rivera made in preparation for making the murals are:

  • Linda Downs, the executive director of the College Art Association and the author of the marvelous 1999 book Diego Rivera: The Detroit Industry Murals;”
  • Nancy Sojka, a curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the DIA; and
  • Christopher Foster, a conservator at the DIA.

How to listen: Download the show to your PC/mobile device. Subscribe to The MAN Podcast at iTunesSoundCloudStitcher or via RSS. Stream the program at MANPodcast.com.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” clip featured in this week’s program is available in full here.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. Special thanks to the National Gallery of Art library and especially to Michigan’s own Kevin Woodland who created the graphics for this week’s show (such as the banner above). Check out more of his “Hands Off Detroit” project.

Images of Rivera’s cartoons for the Detroit Industry murals are in the jump.


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