The Art History Babes

Four grad students drink wine and discuss all things visual culture.

Bonus: Bullsh*t Episode

The Art History Babes get deep (and unexpectedly inspirational) with this one broh! How was LSD invented? What is a Tijuana Bible? What even IS Art History???? Learn oh so much about the Babes on this very special clusterf*ck of an episode.

Fabergé Eggs

Originating during a fascinating time in Russian history, Fabergé Eggs are now most commonly associated with excessive wealth and status. However, these delicately crafted creations were actually part of a deeply personal tradition. Join the Babes as they discuss Carl Fabergé and his many eggs of note.

Special Guest: Sonya

Ancient Greek Monsters

If you've ever read Harry Potter or watched a Disney film, chances are you have encountered the influence of Ancient Greek monsters. These frightening mythical beings provide fascinating insight into human nature and our ancient past. Join the Babes as they discuss a whole myriad of these composite creatures including: Centaurs, the Chimera, the Sphinx, Medusa and more.

Salvador Dalí

Was Salvador Dalí a fascist? Did he discover a 4th dimension? And most importantly, is Ginny his reincarnation? Discover all this and more as the AH babes examine the outrageous, imaginative, and hella controversial, Salvador Dalí! Plus a discussion about art and public policy.

Impressionism

Developed on the precipice between realism and abstraction, Impressionism is often considered the first truly modern art movement. Join the Babes as they discuss the birth of this seminal style as well as some of the most important members of the French Impressionist circle.

Artists discussed: Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt

Alchemy and Art

Gold! Hermeticism! Philosopher's Stone! Kabbalah Bracelets! Join the AH Babes as they enter the crazy cool world of Alchemy.

Special Guest: Faith Sponsler

Getting Graphic

The AH Babes are delving into the world of comics! Join us as we discuss the important contributions made by some of our fave graphic novelists including Art Spiegelman, Neil Gaiman, Marjane Satrapi, & Alison Bechdel.

Ai Wei or the Highway

LEGO portraits, sunflower seeds, & the middle finger are just a few of the images that come to mind when thinking of contemporary artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. Join the Babes as they discuss his work, influences, political activism, & tumultuous relationship with the Chinese government.

Holiday Magic

The Babes are feeling festive! Grab a glass of egg nog and join us as we explore the wintery Nordic illustrations of Kay Nielsen and discuss some lesser-known folklore surrounding the holiday season.

Bonus: Election Feels

When you last left the AH babes they were sharing their election anxieties. Now that the unthinkable has occurred, we want to express our feelings on the current political climate and share ideas concerning what's next. Plus a visual analysis of TIME magazine's controversial "Person of the Year" cover.

Election Propaganda

Stressed out about the election?? Us too! Pour yourself a sizable glass of wine and join the Babes as they examine the role of visual art in various political elections around the world including Art for Obama, Mousavi's Green Movement, the revolutionary street art of Mexico, & some fun responses to the hot mess that is the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Halloween Pt. 2 : Memento Mori

Nothing spookier than thinking about the inevitability of death! In the second episode of the Halloween season, the Babes examine reminders of death present in a wide range of art from Dutch vanitas symbolism, to the sugar skulls of Dia de los Muertos, to the formaldehyde-soaked works of Damien Hirst. Life is short, art is long my friends.

Halloween Pt. 1 : "The Mezzotint"

To kickstart the spookiest time of year, the Babes share the hauntingly British tale of an eerie engraved print. Gather around the campfire and join us in a telling of M.R. James' "The Mezzotint" *cue evil laughter and ghostly wailings*.

Special thanks to Leo Silva for spookifying our theme song!

The Joy of Podcasting with Bob Ross

From his happy little trees to his pet squirrel, Peapod, Bob Ross filled the lives of millions with magic via your favorite public access art instruction program, The Joy of Painting. In this episode, the Babes take a trip down memory lane as they recall their favorite Bob Ross moments and discuss the life of this gentle, enchanting man. Be prepared for the waterworks, folks.

FRIDA

Did Frida Kahlo consider herself a Surrealist? What actually happened during the fateful trolley incident that would plague her for the rest of her life? Was Diego Rivera woke af? All this and more in our extra long episode dedicated to the fiercely passionate art babe queen, Frida Kahlo.

Purple Mountains Majesty

Regal, majestic, & mysterious, the color purple has come to hold a myriad of associations over the years, many relating to power in one form or another. Join the babes as they dive into the history of this captivating color & pay loving tribute to their favorite Prince of purple.

Architecture & Power Part 2

The Babes bounce around the world in the second installment of Architecture & Power. First, Ginny takes us to Italy to examine the architecture of Benito Mussolini's fascist regime. Then Jen takes us on a trip to Mexico City, sharing the fascinating history of the Palacio Nacional.

Special Guest: Cristina Urrutia

Architecture & Power Part 1

How has society come to associate certain architectural elements with power and importance? In the first episode of two on Architecture & Power, the Babes discuss the grandeur of the Egyptian pyramids, the relationship between the White House and classical antiquity, and cast a critical eye on modern architect, Le Corbusier.

Special Guest: Cristina Urrutia

Cube Your Enthusiasm Part 2

In the second half of their discussion of Cubism, the Babes shine a spotlight on the lovely lady cubist, Blanche Lazzell and explore the relationship between Cubism & Italian Futurism. Plus book recommendations!