Episodes
Welcome to a “Curious Callback” of A Little Curious, a series of special episodes that will provide you will short and sweet bonus content about the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in art history. A Little Curious will publish in our season's "off" weeks. Enjoy! This week’s topic: the disastrous inspiration behind Munch's The Scream? Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram Don’t forget to show your support for...
Published 07/19/21
In our ninth season, in a topic suggested by you, our listeners, we’re uncovering the backstory behind some of the world’s most famed “cursed” objects in art, architecture, and archaeology. Today, we’re ending our season with one of the most (purportedly) cursed archaeological finds: the Tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram Show your support for our show by purchasing ArtCurious swag from...
Published 07/12/21
Are you a little curious about my audio course, “Breaking Barriers: Women Artists of Renaissance Europe”? You’re in luck! Here’s a little update and sneak-peek for those of you who want to know more— and a big thank you to those already registered! About Breaking Barriers: This is a 21-day course, broken up into daily episodes that are no longer than 10-15 minutes. And naturally, there are no pesky term papers or final exams to worry about-- just cool art history content that you won’t find...
Published 07/05/21
In our ninth season, in a topic suggested by you, our listeners, we’re uncovering the backstory behind some of the world’s most famed “cursed” objects in art, architecture, and archaeology. Today, we’re continuing with a deep dive into a tragic painting by a tortured artist: Edvard Munch’s The Dead Mother. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram Show your support for our show by purchasing ArtCurious swag from TeePublic! Join my new...
Published 06/28/21
Surprise! We’re re-introducing our short-form series, “A Little Curious,” which will give you sweet snippets of bonus content on the “off” weeks between our normal episodes. In today’s episode, we’re going deep into sculpture. More specifically, ancient figurines of women--nice, rounded ladies-- and why they are so voluptuous. It’s time to get a little curious about body positivity, ice ages, making babies, and ancient sculpture. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and...
Published 06/21/21
In our ninth season, in a topic suggested by you, our listeners, we’re uncovering the backstory behind some of the world’s most famed “cursed” objects in art, architecture, and archaeology. Today, we’re continuing with the ArtCurious debut of one of the greatest Spanish painters of all time—and his controversial painting that, some say, has driven people mad: Diego Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram Show...
Published 06/14/21
This episode is supported by Wireframe, a podcast all about creativity and design. It’s a show made for creative professionals: graphic designers, UX designers, illustrators, typographers, artists, and activists. It’s also for the design-curious, and anyone who appreciates the way creativity impacts the world around us. For example: There’s an episode all about Burger King’s new logo, and the role of nostalgia in design. Another episode this season talks about package design, and whether...
Published 06/09/21
Surprise! We’re re-introducing our short-form series, “A Little Curious,” which will give you sweet snippets of bonus content on the “off” weeks between our normal episodes. In today’s episode, we’re continuing our exploration of cave paintings, but we’re moving beyond France and Spain to tackle the oldest artworks in the world, found in Indonesia (and is the world’s oldest drawing from South Africa?). Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter /...
Published 06/07/21
In our ninth season, in a topic suggested by you, our listeners, we’re uncovering the backstory behind some of the world’s most famed “cursed” objects in art, architecture, and archaeology. Today, we’re continuing with a highlight of American Renaissance sculpture with an “unauthorized” copy that chills many visitors: Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Adams Memorial, and the so-called “Black Aggie.” Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram Show...
Published 05/31/21
Today we’re thrilled to announce that I’ve created an audio course for those looking to explore the world of Renaissance Europe through the eyes of the women artists who thrived there. This course is called “Breaking Barriers: Women Artists of Renaissance Europe,” a 21-day course, broken up into daily episodes that are no longer than 10 minutes. And naturally, there are no pesky term papers or final exams to worry about-- just cool art history content that you won’t find anywhere else.  In...
Published 05/26/21
Surprise! We’re re-introducing our short-form series, “A Little Curious,” which will give you sweet snippets of bonus content on the “off” weeks between our normal episodes. In today’s episode, we’re jumping into cave paintings, often deemed the oldest of the old in art history--and while cave paintings sound, well, basic at the outset, we’re going to discover today why they are actually cool. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter /...
Published 05/24/21
In our ninth season, in a topic suggested by you, our listeners, we’re uncovering the backstory behind some of the world’s most famed “cursed” objects in art, architecture, and archaeology. Today, we’re continuing with an episode I nearly wrote four years ago, all about a long-cursed palace on Venice’s Grand Canal, inspiring to both Ruskin and Monet: the Palazzo Dario (Ca’ Dario). Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram Show your...
Published 05/17/21
In our ninth season, in a topic suggested by you, our listeners, we’re uncovering the backstory behind some of the world’s most famed “cursed” objects in art, architecture, and archaeology. Today, we’re continuing with a maddening, and potential murderous, painting by Edwin Landseer, deemed Man Proposes, God Disposes. Click on this link to SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and follow ArtCurious on Spotify Twitter / Instagram Show your support for our show by purchasing...
Published 05/03/21
In our ninth season, in a topic suggested by you, our listeners, we’re uncovering the backstory behind some of the world’s most famed “cursed” objects in art, architecture, and archaeology. Today, we’re beginning with one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the late 20th century: the grand funeral complex of Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, known as the “Terracotta Army.” Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Instagram Show your support for our show by...
Published 04/19/21
Hi everyone! We’ve got a few brief announcements for you. Here’s the quick recap of today’s episode: Season 9 is coming on April 19! Subscribe and don’t miss it. We’re seeking venues for virtual and in-person events for a (much belated!) book tour. Email me with your suggestions, and/or tag or contact your favorite venue on social media to alert them to your suggestion! Finally, ArtCurious is growing and changing ,and that means that I want to get to know YOU a little better. Please take...
Published 04/05/21
Enjoy this month's Curious Callback episode, all about a “degenerate” painter much-hated by Hitler and fingered for his near-murder. Did Otto Dix plot to kill Hitler? This is an episode that originally aired on September 30, 2019. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter /Instagram We’ve got merch! Check out our notebooks, tote bags, t-shirts, and more at our Teepublic Storefront. SPONSORS The Great Courses Plus: get a 14-day trial with unlimited access Indeed:...
Published 03/01/21
Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago. Today's work of "shock art:" Eakins’ The...
Published 02/01/21
In our eighth season, we’re exploring examples of some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction considering why they garnered so much money, and discovering their backstories. Today, our season finale: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower #1 . Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Facebook/ Instagram SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: Enjoy a 14-day free trial with unlimited access Bloomberg Connects: Download‌ ‌Bloomberg‌ ‌Connects‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌...
Published 01/18/21
In our eighth season, we’re exploring examples of some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction considering why they garnered so much money, and discovering their backstories. Today: Qi Baishi’s Twelve Landscape Screens. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Facebook/ Instagram SPONSORS: Kobo: Enjoy a 30-day free trial, and then a low monthly subscription fee of $12.99 Bloomberg Connects: Download‌ ‌Bloomberg‌ ‌Connects‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Apple‌ ‌App‌ ‌and‌...
Published 01/04/21
Holiday bonus! Please enjoy this episode of With a Side of Knowledge, a podcast from the University of Notre Dame. As an alumna of the university, host Ted Fox interviewed me to learn about the podcast and my book, ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 12/28/20
In our eighth season, we’re exploring examples of some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction considering why they garnered so much money, and discovering their backstories. Today: Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Facebook/ Instagram SPONSORS: Kobo: Enjoy a 30-day free trial, and then a low monthly subscription fee of $12.99 Bloomberg Connects: Download‌ ‌Bloomberg‌ ‌Connects‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Apple‌ ‌App‌ ‌and‌...
Published 12/21/20
In our eighth season, we’re exploring examples of some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction considering why they garnered so much money, and discovering their backstories. Today: Vincent van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Facebook/ Instagram SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: Get free access to their entire library with my special link! Indeed: ArtCurious listeners get a FREE $75 CREDIT to boost job posts Kobo:...
Published 12/07/20
In our eighth season, we’re exploring examples of some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction considering why they garnered so much money, and discovering their backstories. Today: Mark Rothko’s No. 6 (Violet, Green, and Red). Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Facebook/ Instagram SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: Get free access to their entire library with my special link Kobo: Enjoy a 30-day free trial, and then a low monthly subscription fee of...
Published 11/23/20
In our eighth season, we’re exploring examples of some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction considering why they garnered so much money, and discovering their backstories. Today: Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Facebook/ Instagram SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: Get free access to their entire library with my special link! Indeed: ArtCurious listeners get a FREE $75 CREDIT to boost job posts Learn more about...
Published 11/09/20
In our eighth season, we’re exploring examples of some of the most expensive artworks ever sold at auction considering why they garnered so much money, and discovering their backstories. Today: Picasso’s Les Femmes D'Alger (Version "O"). Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts! Twitter / Facebook/ Instagram SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus: Get free access to their entire library with my special link! Acorn TV: Try Acorn TV free for 30 days with promo code artcurious Learn...
Published 10/26/20