Episodes
In our tenth season, we’re going at art history with a skeptical eye and a myth-busting attitude to uncover the fictions and facts about some of our favorite artists. We’re starting our season today with this fascinating theory: did Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel Ceiling all alone, while lying on his back? Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram / Facebook Don’t forget to show your support for our show by purchasing ArtCurious...
Published 10/25/21
Hi ArtCurious listeners! I’m dropping a little preview of a new podcast that I think you’re going to love. It’s called “Hemingway’s Picasso,” and it’s a really fun story, all about Steven Kough. Steven Kough lived many lives—including some that you just wouldn’t believe. He was an NFL journeyman, a male model, and one of the most well-connected smugglers in 1980’s Miami, the “Drug Capital of the World.” He collected many souvenirs from his adventures, but his most treasured bounty was a...
Published 10/19/21
Did you miss our LIVE bonus show on Fireside, the interactive storytelling platform? Don’t worry— you can catch the replay on Fireside, or enjoy the bonus audio here. On our Oct. 11 live event, I had the great pleasure of speaking with author and poet Mary Peacock about her new book, Flower Diary--and what a delight she—and this book— are! Want to join in on the fun next time? Join Fireside now and follow me for invites to each live recording, where you can participate in the audience and ask...
Published 10/18/21
In our tenth season, we’re going at art history with a skeptical eye and a myth-busting attitude to uncover the fictions and facts about some of our favorite artists. We’re starting our season today with this fascinating theory: Is the Mona Lisa really just a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci in drag? Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Fireside Don’t forget to show your support for our show by purchasing ArtCurious swag...
Published 10/11/21
Hi, everyone! Jennifer here with a few little announcements: Season 10 begins THIS Monday, October 11th. Yay! Also beginning Monday: LIVE bonus shows on Fireside, the interactive storytelling platform. On Oct. 11, author and poet Mary Peacock will chat with us about her new book, Flower Diary--grab your copy now and join us and share your questions and thoughts by using this link for Fireside. Join our limited virtual tour of Michelangelo's Florence: Friday, November 5th at 7:30 PM Eastern....
Published 10/07/21
Venice-- it's the most serene and beautiful city in Italy, and possibly the whole world. But Venice at night-- all darkened and quiet-- takes up the most space in my imagination. I seriously love the depictions of Venice as enigmatic, shadowy, and even dangerous. All of this lends Venice this air of inscrutability and mystery. And over time, locals and visitors alike have reveled in this sensation as fodder for myth-making and storytelling. Some stories really stick, lasting for centuries and...
Published 09/27/21
Today, it’s another very special episode of ArtCurious! This time we’re chatting about the side of the art world that you rarely see. We’re going behind-the-scenes with James Quirk from Queen’s Fine Art to talk art shipping, Brexit, how to get involved in the logistics of the art world, and the strangest thing Queen’s has ever managed. About Queen’s: Queen’s is a London-based fine art shipping and specialist logistics provider that serves the world’s top galleries, museums and private...
Published 09/06/21
In this “Curious Callback” episode, we’re revisiting one of our favorite weirdos—Weegee!— whom we featured in Episode 5, alongside Andy Warhol. Today, Weegee gets his full due with a deep dive into his life and work. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter / Instagram / Facebook Don’t forget to show your support for our show by purchasing ArtCurious swag from TeePublic! Register for "Breaking Barriers: Women Artists of Renaissance Europe" at...
Published 08/23/21
Today, it’s a very special episode of ArtCurious! We’re joining forces with the minds over at My Modern Met, and their new podcast, Top Artist, to discuss four of our favorite impactful artists in art history. This is the second half of our conversation— the first half is over on Top Artist’s podcast feed, so go over there and download that episode first, and then come back here to complete the conversation. Please SUBSCRIBE and REVIEW our show on Apple Podcasts and FOLLOW on Spotify Twitter...
Published 08/09/21
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