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Episode 75: Art History BB: Elaine de Kooning

March 15, 2018

In this Art History Babe Brief, Corrie & Nat provide an introduction to our upcoming "Women of Ab Ex" episode by looking at the life and work of one of the best, Elaine de Kooning.

Episode 74: Singularity Black w Jason Chase & Dr. Colin Preston

March 12, 2018

Science & art collide in this very special episode of The Art History Babes. We chat with Jason Chase & Dr. Colin Preston about the ins & outs of the blackest black paint on the market, carbon nanotube "Singularity Black"

Episode 73: Art History BB: Dogs Playing Poker

March 1, 2018

"Dogs Playing Poker" - It's practically burned into the American subconscious. In this Art History Babe Brief, Ginny and Corrie share some little known facts about this infamously kitschy and delightfully absurd painting.

Episode 72: F**K Gauguin

February 26, 2018

The time has finally arrived for the Babes to unleash on the most problematic of artists, Paul Gauguin. Please join us for some unabashed Gauguin bashing, as we highlight all the reasons he was literally the worst -- from his terrible treatment of Van Gogh, to his abandonment of his family, to his exploitation of young girls. Plus, we attempt to address the looming question of "What do we do with the art of bad people?".

Warning: This episode contains discussion of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation.

Episode 71: Art History BB: The Obamas' Presidential PORTRAITS

February 22, 2018

The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery were recently unveiled and garnered a great deal of attention. These portraits, painted by contemporary artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are both visually striking and of great historical importance. Join Corrie and Nat as they gush over these beautiful works and highlight some of the many reasons why these portraits matter.

Episode 70: Marcel, Marcel, I Love you Like Hell

February 19, 2018

As promised...our full-length Marcel Duchamp episode! Learn the correct way to pronounce Duchamp, what a "readymade" is, and how 17 urinals made their way into museums all over the world. Join Corrie, Jen and Ginny as they discuss the life and career of the prolific Marcel Duchamp and some of his most famous works.

Episode 69: Art History BB: Hans Holbein the Younger

February 8, 2018

In this Art History Babe Brief, the Babes discuss the work of one of the most notable portraitists of the Northern Renaissance and the court painter to King Henry VIII, Hans Holbein....the younger one.

Episode 68: Under the Influence

February 5, 2018

Heads up: This episode includes candid discussion of drug use and addiction.

As long as humans have existed, they've taken mind-altering substances. In this very special episode, the Babes trace the effects of drugs on consciousness and art making from the shamanistic origins of cave paintings to contemporary work exploring addiction.

Artists discussed: John Martin, Pablo Picasso, Alex Gray, Robert Crumb, Plastic Jesus, Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramovic

Episode 67: Art History BB: The Sublime

February 1, 2018

The Sublime - it's more than just an American ska punk band from the 1990s. Join the Babes for an introduction to some basic tenets of the densely philosophical concept of "the sublime" and how this heavy topic relates to art history.

Episode 66: Exploring Tarot with Faith Sponslor

January 29, 2018

Not only are Tarot cards rich with fascinating history and stunning imagery, but they are fun as hell. Join the Babes and special guest Faith Sponsler for a jam-packed episode exploring the art, history, and insight of the Tarot. Plus! The Babes talk Oprah, hangovers, ornamental hermits, and tips for preventing Alzheimer's. Like we said....jam. packed.

Faith's bizz:

Episode 65: Art History BB: The Terracotta Warriors

January 25, 2018

In 1974, two farmers stumbled upon a collection of roughly 8,000 terracotta sculptures, now referred to as the Terracotta Army. These sculptures turned out to be a funerary monument to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Join Ginny and Natalie for the 411 on this fascinating example of funerary art.

Episode 64: Edmonia Lewis

January 22, 2018

Edmonia Lewis was a renowned neoclassical sculptor in the late 1800s. However, her name is not widely known, and her work often falls under the radar. Not only did she lead a remarkable life, but so did one of her most important works, "Death of Cleopatra". Join the Babes as they discuss the life and career of Edmonia Lewis, the first female African American sculptor to gain international acclaim.

Episode 63: Art History BB: Ukiyo-e Japanese Woodblock Prints

January 11, 2018

From the 17th to the 19th century, Ukiyo-e flourished in Japan. Join Ginny and Jen for the 411 on these fascinating woodblock prints.

Episode 62: Q&A

January 9, 2018

The Babes respond to listener queries both personal and art historical! Join us for an array of topics including: art accessibility, emotional reactions in art museums, object agency, & METAL.

Episode 61: Art History BB: Rococo

January 6, 2018

In this Art History Babe Brief, Jen & Ginny breakdown an art movement most commonly associated French decadence, frivolity, and pastels on pastels -- the Rococo.

Episode 60: George W. Bush: Sensitive Portraitist

January 1, 2018

We've all seen the picture of George W. Bush posed proudly in front of a painting of his dog and had a good chuckle. However, number 43's post-presidency pasttime is surprisingly complex. Join the Babes as they attempt to reconcile Bush the president with Bush the artist.

Episode 59: Art History BB: Fauvism

December 27, 2017

In this Art History Babe Brief, Nat and Corrie introduce the brightly-colored basics of the "wild beast" movement--Fauvism.

Explore a Fauvist landscape in this tribute to Andre Derain:…of-andre-derain/

Episode 58: Hot Takes: Stranger Things

December 25, 2017

The AH Babes like a lot of things, including pop culture sensation "Stranger Things". In this Hot Take, the Babes discuss their favorite characters (Bob <3) and least favorite characters (Billy...) of season two and consider the artistry behind visually capturing the zeitgeist of the 1980s. We somehow forgot to discuss the Shadow Monster's striking resemblance to "Maman" by Louise Bourgeois but it's a fun episode nonetheless!

Episode 57: Holiday Magic 2017

December 22, 2017

Pour yourself some nog, get snugged in a warm blanket, & join the Babes for a festive discussion of some of our favorite wintry paintings--Northern Renaissance, Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism all wrapped up in a cozy holiday package.

Episode 56: Art History BB: Marcel Duchamp

December 20, 2017

Marcel Duchamp made revolutionary contributions to the development of modern art. However, his name is seldom heard within contemporary popular culture. In this Art History Babe Brief, the Babes drop some knowledge about Mr. Concept, Mr. Dada --Mr. Duchamp.

Episode 55: Albrecht Dürer

December 17, 2017

He was one of the most notable names in the Northern Renaissance, he was responsible for bringing the image of Jesus to the common people, and he had indoor plumbing! Join the Babes as they get sauced with special guest, Zach Clark and talk all things Albrecht Durer.

Zach's bizz

Episode 54: Art History BB: Gothic Architecture

December 8, 2017

Stained glass, pointed arches, and everyone's fave architectural term--the flying buttress. Join the Babes for the 411 on Gothic architecture!

Episode 53: Museum Hack w Kate!

December 6, 2017

The Babes chat with special guest and Museum Hack tour guide, Kate Nickles about the alternative museum experience offered by Museum Hack. Plus a rousing game of "Which Harry Potter house do you belong to?" and "What would your personalized vanity coffin look like?".

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Episode 52: Art History BB: Leo da Vinci

November 18, 2017

If you know nothing else about art, you know the name Leonardo da Vinci. He was responsible for masterpieces such as "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper", and now his name is attached to the highest selling work ever sold at auction, "Salvator Mundi". Join the Babes for the quick & dirty on the OG Renaissance man.


Episode 51: Sonia DeLaunay

November 15, 2017

Cubist painter, quilter, fashion designer, illustrator, flamenco dancer. This badass babe truly did it all. Join the AH Babes as they gush over the amazing (and so often overlooked) cofounder of Orphism, Sonia Delaunay.

Episode 50: Art History BB: Marina Abramović

November 11, 2017

In the inaugural episode of Art History Babe Briefs, the Babes provide a snapshot of the life and work of contemporary performance artist, Marina Abramović.

Episode 49: Abstract Expressionism

November 7, 2017

Collective unconscious! Nihilism! The C.I.A.??? Abstract Expressionism is some heeeeeeavy business. Join the Babes as they unpack this celebrated art movement and examine works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Helen Frankenthaler.

Episode 48: Introducing Art History Babe Briefs!

November 5, 2017

Introducing our new series, Art History Babe Briefs (aka Art History B.B.s)

Episode 47: Hieronymous Boch

October 30, 2017

Join the Babes for a lively discussion of ghost hunting, fraternities, the Da Vinci Code, and--somewhere in there-- Hieronymus Bosch. Did everybody's favorite 15th century weirdo have ergot poisoning??? We have no idea!

Episode 46: Halloween Throwback: Memento Mori

October 26, 2017

Another spooky favorite from the archives! There's nothing more frightening than thinking about the inevitability of death. 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.

Check out our Patreon for extra episodes, include a spooky bonus - The Babes take a look at the haunting illustrations from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark".

Episode 45: Halloween Throwback: 'The Mezzotint'

October 20, 2017

We're keeping the spooky vibes rolling with a Halloween throwback! Join the AH Babes for M.R. James' tale of a haunted mezzotint. Plus a discussion of night club bathroom camaraderie and a medieval snail update!

Looking for more spooks?? Head over to our Patreon for exclusive episodes! October's bonus episode is all about the book that haunted everyone's childhood dreams, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark".

Episode 44: Halloween Special: Haunted Paintings

October 16, 2017

Yo! Prepare to get spooked! Join the Art History Babes as they discuss the mythos surrounding four notable haunted paintings. Warning: listening to this podcast may induce nausea, levitation, mind control experiences (whatever that means), and demonic voices.

Episode 43: Smashin' & Slashin' : The Art of Iconoclasm

October 8, 2017

Religious belief, political dissent, a desire to "warm up a cold painting"-- all of these are given motives for destroying artwork. Join the Babes as they discuss the various layers of iconoclasm spanning from the religious icons of Byzantium to the "Punched Monet" of 2012.

Episode 42: Corita Kent: Patron Saint of Pop Art

October 3, 2017

As an artist, Corita Kent pushed pop art to divine realms. As an educator and political activist, she pushed others to open their eyes to the world around them. Join the Babes and special guest Zach Clark as they look at the work of this amazing woman, artist, and Catholic nun. Plus! some quality drunken ramblings about grad school, Catholicism, and astrology.

Bay Area listeners:
Join us for the opening of "Reflections" at San Francisco's Incline Gallery on October 13th, 2017 (Friday the 13th!)
The exhibition will include work by: Zach Clark, Anh Bui, Anna Rotty, Azucena Hernandez, Leigh Ann Coleman, and Wesaam Al-Badry

Special Guest: Zach Clark

Episode 41: Paint It Black

September 25, 2017

Death, despair, solemnity, infinity. Our associations with the color black illustrate humanity's complicated relationship with darkness. Follow the Art History Babes into the void as they discuss the role of black in everything from portraiture in the caves of Ancient Greece to the abstract paintings of Kazimir Malevich.

Episode 40: Hilma Af

September 17, 2017

Little known painter Hilma af Klint was a pioneer of abstraction, with an entire body of visually captivating work predating that of Kandinsky. Also, she talked to ghosts. Tune in to learn all about the life of this mystical babe and why she may not be a household name.

Episode 39: Templetonmania!

September 12, 2017

The AH Babes chat with art collector and philanthropist, Alan Templeton about adventures in collecting and the state of the art world.

Episode 38: A Piece of Work

September 3, 2017

The Babes respond to (and fan girl over) Abbi Jacobson's collabo podcast with the MoMA, "A Piece of Work". Tune in for everything from Dada to Performance Art to Pop Art, as well as some general musings on Broad City and a healthy dose of adoration for Questlove.

Episode 37: The Art of Boxing

August 23, 2017

Sports! Violence! Talking smack! As a prelude to the much anticipated Mayweather v. McGregor fight, the Babes discuss the Roman Colosseum, abstract expressionism via boxing gloves, the spectacle of violence, crowd mentality, and the artistry of MMA.

Artists discussed: George Bellows, Ushio Shinohara, Meryl Streep

Episode 36: Thesis Series: Gottfried Helnwein

August 21, 2017

Born at the end of WWII, Helnwein explores themes of second generation guilt and hate-based violence. In the final installment of our thesis series, Nat analyzes his post-war related works and discusses their importance & contemporary relevance.

Episode 35: Thesis Series: Craft & Morality

August 15, 2017

Do you ever wonder why you find that piece of handcrafted artisanal furniture so much more charming than the mass-produced IKEA version? In the third installment of our Thesis Series, Corrie discusses the intersection of craft production, politics, & moral "goodness". Plus Nat & Corrie discuss their all time fave artworks/genres!

Episode 34: Bonus: Eurobabes

August 11, 2017

The Art History Babes do Europe! Also know as the tale of Icarus, and how he flew too close to the sun.

Episode 33: Thesis Series: Cannibals & COdices

August 1, 2017

In the second installment of our Thesis Series, Jen discusses her research of Mesoamerican codices, the contemporary artist Enrique Chagoya, and the ultimate taboo -- human cannibalism *gasp.*

Episode 32: Thesis Series: Egyptomania

July 28, 2017

In the first episode of our Thesis Series, Ginny discusses European and American fascination with Ancient Egyptian art and culture. What led to this enduring interest in Ancient Egypt and when did it start?

*Disclaimer: The story about the Met Museum's Temple of Dendur was told secondhand without additional research. If you have information about this story please email us at

Episode 31: Jean-Michel Basquiat

July 17, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 "Untitled" recently sold for $110.5 million dollars, making it the most expensive American work ever sold. In this episode the Babe's highlight the life and work of this revolutionary neo-expressionist, discuss what this sale means for the art market, and put the kibosh on the term "primitivism."

Episode 30: Bonus Bullsh*t Episode

June 18, 2017

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.

Episode 29: Art History School

June 17, 2017

The Art History Babes are back and coming at you with advice for surviving and thriving in the wonderful world of Art History.

Episode 28: Fabergé Eggs

April 13, 2017

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

Episode 27: Ancient Greek Monsters

April 8, 2017

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.

Episode 26: Salvador Dali

March 26, 2017

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.

Episode 25: Impressionism

February 16, 2017

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

Episode 24: Alchemy and Art

January 30, 2017

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

Special Guest: Faith Sponsler

Episode 23: Getting Graphic

January 15, 2017

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.

Episode 22: Ai Wei or the Highway

January 2, 2016

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.

Episode 21: Holiday Magic

December 21, 2016

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.

Episode 20: Hot Takes: Election Feels

December 13, 2016

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.

Episode 19: Election Propoganda

November 5, 2016

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.

Episode 18: Halloween Part II: Memento Mori

October 25, 2016

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.

Episode 17: Halloween Part I: "The Mezzotint"

October 12, 2016

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!

Episode 16: The Joy Of Podcasting With Bob Ross

September 28, 2016

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.

Episode 15: FRIDA

September 20, 2016

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.

Episode 14: Purple Mountains Majesty

September 13, 2016

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.

Episode 13: Architecture & Power Part II

September 9, 2016

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

Episode 12: Architecture & Power Part I

September 3, 2016

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

Episode 11: Cube Your Enthusiasm Part II

August 26, 2016

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!

Episode 10: Cube Your Enthusiasm Part !

August 22, 2016

In the first of two episodes on Cubism, the Babes talk music festivals, Picasso, "primitivism", and take a trip into the fourth dimension *cue twilight zone theme*.

Artists discussed: Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Georges Braque, Diego Rivera

Episode 9: Artemisia Gentileschi

August 4, 2016

How have 20th century ideas shaped our conceptions of one of the most successful female artists of the Baroque period? Join the Babes as they discuss the work and life of Caravaggio's sole female follower, Artemisia Gentileschi.

Episode 8: Yoko Ono Is My Favorite Beatle

July 30, 2016

Join the Babes as they discuss the complex life and groundbreaking work of one of their favorite art babes, Yoko Ono, and share tips for surviving grad school!

Episode 7: Color theory part ii 

July 23, 2016

In the second installment of their two-parter on color theory, the Babes discuss the color experiments of Josef Albers, explore the connection between color and emotion, and get weepy about the tragic life of van Gogh.

Artists discussed: Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Eugene Delacroix, & Vincent van Gogh.

Episode 6: Color theory i 

July 18, 2016

In the first installment of a two-parter on color theory, the Art History Babes discuss the trippy nature of color perception and the enigmatic history of the color blue.

Episode 5: Bring On The Bacchanal 

July 5, 2016

In the true spirit of Bacchus (god of wine), the Babes amp up their intoxication levels and discuss the joyful debauchery of bacchanalia, past and present.

Special Guest: Leo Silva

Episode 4: The Guerrilla Girls

June 25, 2016

"The history of art is the history of power." This week's episode examines the feminist activist artist collective, Guerrilla Girls and their tireless fight against discrimination in the art world.

Episode 3: Weird Putti

June 13, 2016

What does a masterpiece by Raphael have in common with the hit TV show Parks & Rec? Tune in as we discuss the origins and various manifestations of putti in visual culture.

Episode 2: Bad Boys of the Baroque

June 12, 2016  

Love them or hate them, you can't deny the intrigue of bad boys. This week's episode discusses the artistic and personal dramas of three bad boys of the Baroque: Caravaggio, Bernini, and Velazquez.

Episode 1: Introducing The Art History Babes

JUNE 12, 2016

Get to know the Art History Babes with our debut episode!