The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The Snite Museum of Art acquires a work by Magnum photographer Alex Majoli from The Eye of the Storm series
Alex Majoli, Scene #2756, Novara, Italy, 2020, archival pigment print. Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame. Milly and Fritz Kaeser Endowment for Photography, 2020.024

NOTRE DAME, IN.- The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame has added an important photograph by Magnum photographer Alex Majoli from his The Eye of the Storm series. Shot in Novara, Italy, in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Scene #2756, Novara, Italy, 2020, captures the moment when a priest blesses coffins that have just arrived at the cemetery by Italian Army trucks from nearby Bergamo. This image brings into sharp focus the painful and tragic extent that northern Italy suffered during the first outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy’s death toll was the highest in Europe during the first months of the outbreak, and the country could barely keep up with the transportation of coffins for burial.

The photograph was an acquisition proposed by the Museum’s PhotoFutures, a student seminar led by the Curator of Academic Programs and Curator of Photographs. Designed for students of any major, this co-curricular program addresses issues related to museum-collecting, contemporary photography, and socially engaged artistic practice. Students critique individual photographs and evaluate artists' portfolios while engaging in critical discussions with the artists, Museum curators, and select faculty. This fall, students had the unique challenge of acquiring a photograph that addresses our current historical moment. They state:

This photograph includes many of the hallmark elements of daily life under the conditions of the pandemic. The priest stands alone in a mask, even distanced from the coffins which contain the COVID-19 victims. The haunting loneliness of the piece and the solitary figure relate to the context of lockdowns and quarantine periods, which altered normal everyday activities and transformed bustling public places and city streets into ghost towns overnight. The artist’s choice of black and white adds to the melancholy tone while also eliminating any sense of the time of day, which recalls the disorientation of life under lockdown. . . .

[Majoli’s photograph] brings to mind our shared humanity in contrast with the mechanized and dehumanized process of handling the high volume of COVID-19 victims. The presence of religion also evokes a theme of grief and the ways in which human beings find comfort when confronted with loss. Although the conditions of the pandemic precluded funerals and religious services from taking place, the priest preserves some measure of human dignity, even in death, through his act of blessing these coffins....

Alex Majoli (b.1971, Ravenna, Italy) is a photographer whose dramatic black-and-white photographs focus on the human condition and the narratives of our daily lives. Known for documenting conflicts worldwide, he has covered the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq. He has contributed to Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, and National Geographic, among other publications. Majoli is the recipient of many awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), the Eugene Smith Grant (2017), the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography (2009), and the Infinity Award for Photojournalism (2003). A member of Magnum Photos since 2001, he splits his time between New York and Sicily.

Today's News

January 26, 2021

Rare violin tests Germany's commitment to atone for its Nazi past

National Gallery of Art announces new acquisitions

In Ice Age Siberia, a meeting of carnivores may have given us dogs

Asia Week New York zooms-in on the allure of Indian painting

David Nolan Gallery announces the death of Barry Le Va

Chairwoman of San Francisco art school facing budget issues resigns

Exhibition of sculptures by Sarah Lucas on view at Contemporary Fine Arts

John Mendelsohn's first solo exhibition at David Richard Gallery opens in New York

Exhibition at Gladstone Gallery presents Shirin Neshat's latest body of work, Land of Dreams

He Xiangyu's first solo show in the United States opens at Andrew Kreps Gallery

The Snite Museum of Art acquires a work by Magnum photographer Alex Majoli from The Eye of the Storm series

Austrian artist and Holocaust survivor Arik Brauer dies

Edmund de Waal donates library of exile to Mosul following exhibition at the British Museum

The Metropolitan Opera hires its first Chief Diversity Officer

Junior Mance, jazz pianist who played with giants, dies at 92

ASU Art Museum opens "Body/Magic" a new exhibition by artist Liz Cohen

Collectors go bananas and pay nearly $400,000 for Del Monte-stickered $20 bill

Elias Rahbani, Lebanese composer who sought new sounds, dies at 82

A monument honoring Brooklyn abolitionists stalls under scrutiny

Climate change is worsening. So the weather station is singing about it.

Christie's to offer the Collection of Lucien and Edmonde Treillard

Song Yoo-jung, South Korean actor, is found dead at 26

Shulamit Nazarian presents a series of new paintings by New York-based artist Michael Stamm

Marianne Boesky presents a selection of recent paintings from Suzanne McClelland's MUTE series

Art and online sports betting in Indiana - joy to the people

Nine tips to decorate the Tv mounted wall

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful