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Episode 139: Witches, Bitches

October 9, 2019

Wouldst thou like to live deliciously??? ALL FOUR Art History Babes/Art History Witches/Art History Bitches back together in one room talking about one of our favorite topics: Witches. From the Greek Goddess Hecate all the way to contemporary Instagram witches, join us for a spooky, silly, late night tour through witches in Art History.

Episode 138: The Wendigo

October 7, 2019

In episode 2 of the Spooky Corner series, Corrie & Brian talk various representations (and misrepresentations) of the cannibalistic creature/spirit of Algonquian legend - the Wendigo!

Episode 137: Art History BB: More Etruscans

October 1, 2019

We're giving you even more Etruscan art. Corrie and Nat talk Etruscan temples, terra-cotta and Tarquinius Superbus "the Arrogant."

Episode 136: Spooky Corner: Talkin’ BansheES

September 25, 2019

How many times can one use the word "spook" in a single podcast? We're gonna find out with this years Spooky Corner series! For four special episodes, Corrie is joined by horror film aficionado Brian Muldoon to discuss some of your favorite spooky creatures and their appearances in both art and film. This week we're talkin' banshees!

Episode 135: Art History BB: Etruscan Funerary Art

September 16, 2019

kicking off spooky season by talking death! specifically the tombs and sarcophagi of the Etruscan civilization.

Episode 134: Art Historian Turned Astrologer Aliza Kelly

September 14, 2019

Corrie is joined by Cosmopolitan mag's resident astrologer Aliza Kelly to discuss shared interests in art history and astrology. Aliza began her career as an art historian, she worked in the art world for several years, and owned her own gallery before making the switch to a career in astrology. This convo hits everything from the relationship between art history and astrology, personal experiences in the art world, visual literacy in the age of the internet, and you best believe we breakdown our natal charts.

 Episode 133: Art History BB: Taj Mahal

September 3, 2019

Precious gemstones, optical illusions, and a bulbous marble dome– join Corrie and Nat on an exploration of the history and artistry of this - new - wonder of the world. 

Episode 132: Art History BB: Kouros & Kore

July 19, 2019

Nat and Kore-ie (hah.) provide an intro to Ancient Greek Kouroi and Korai statues and throw out some bizarre theories about what the Peplos Kore actually held—an arrow? an apple? the universe? Listen and find out.

Episode 131: XL Art

July 16, 2019

Let’s talk about BIG ART. In this super-sized episode, Nat, Jen and Gin discuss art on a large-scale. From the tallest file cabinet in the world, to the eerie work of Ron Mueck, this episode deals with big stuff and why we like it (or don’t).

Episode 130: Art History BB: The Forbidden City

July 11, 2019

Nat and Corrie cover the Forbidden City in Beijing, China in this Art History BB. As the imperial palace and political epicenter of China during the Ming & Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City housed the Emperor, his family, and his concubines. On this episode the babes discuss elements of the Forbidden City, as well as the lives of it's inhabitants.

Episode 129: Ana Mendieta

July 2, 2019

All four babes unite to discuss the amazing artwork of Ana Mendieta. Born in Cuba, but transported to Iowa as a preteen, Mendieta is known for her performance as well as earth-body works. The babes express their thoughts, feelings and speculation around Mendieta’s art as well as her way-too-short, but fascinating life

Episode 128: “Heroes: A Tribute” with Doug Meyer

June 24, 2019

Doug Meyer joins Natalie on the podcast to discuss the release his book of Heroes: A Tribute. The book grew out of a traveling exhibition, which included 3 shows in New York, Miami and Los Angeles:

"In 1981, Doug Meyer lost a dear friend to a mysterious new disease we now know was AIDS. Over the next few years, Doug went to seventy-nine funerals. In HEROES, Doug pays homage by way of portraiture to 50 innovative pioneers from the worlds of art, design, film, and dance, who were some of the first victims of AIDS and AIDS-related diseases. Among these individuals whose lives are celebrated in HEROES are Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Alvin Ailey, Gia, Rudolf Nureyev, Freddie Mercury, Rock Hudson, Tina Chow, Klaus Nomi, and Halston."

Episode 127: Art History BB: The Seated Scribe

June 8, 2019

Nat and Corrie discuss the Ancient Egyptian sculpture the Seated Scribe. 

Episode 126: Art History BB: The Calling of St. Matthew

June 5, 2019

Corrie & Nat discuss the timeless drama of "The Calling of Saint Matthew" by one of the baddest boys of the Baroque, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

Episode 125: Art History BB: Yinka Shonibare’s The Swing

May 31, 2019

As a follow up to our BB on Fragonard's "The Swing", Corrie and Nat discuss Yinka Shonibare's 2001 work, The Swing (after Fragonard).

Episode 124: Hot Takes: Bojack Horseman

May 26, 2019

The Babes chat about favorite funny horse cartoon, Bojack Horseman. We discuss the vision of the creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and illustrator Lisa Hanawalt, do a deep dive into the show's intersection w feminist issues and inter-generational trauma, break down favorite episodes and art historical references, and moooore! Heads up, this episode does contain discussion of sexual assault.

Episode 123: Art Appraisal with Emilie Nettinga

May 14, 2019

Corrie is joined by midwest-based artrepeneur, Emilie Nettinga to talk art appraisal, the challenges of starting a business, and advocating for honeybees with art.

Episode 122: Art History BB: Notre Dame Cathedral

April 24, 2019

In this (large) Art History Babe Brief, Corrie & Ginny share some of the history of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. We also discuss the fire, the resultant media storm, and potential restoration efforts and hash through some complicated questions concerning which events are publicly mourned en masse. Discourse with us!

Episode 121: Georgia O’Keeffe

April 8, 2019

Desert skulls, vagina flowers, and Alfred Stieglitz—The Art History Babes discuss the many fascinating layers to the artistic practice, philosophy, and partnerships of one of the most important female artists of the 20th century, Georgia O'Keeffe.

Episode 120: Live at the L.A. Art Show w Marisa Caichiolo & Andrés Paredes

March 28, 2019

The Art History Babes are joined by the curator of Diverse Art LA, Marisa Caichiolo and contemporary artist, Andrés Paredes to discuss the Diverse Art LA program, interactive immersive art experiences, and the challenges of creating a temporary art installation.

Episode 119: Live at the L.A. Art Show with Kim Martindale

March 21, 2019

Corrie and Nat are live at the LA Art show with the show’s director, Kim Martindale to discuss art collecting in the age of social media, the LA art scene, and the history and development of the LA Art Show. Join us for the first ever live Art History Babes podcast!

Episode 118: Live from LA: Kyle Can’t Talk

March 12, 2019

Corrie & Nat are joined by Los Angeles based artist Kyle Jaynes to discuss the LA art scene, the future of creating art-based experiences, the challenges of freelance work, and Corrie goes on a tipsy rant about Greta van Fleet???Join us for 55 minutes of loaded conversation and check out Kyle’s art-centered community organization, Neat Speak!

Episode 117: Art History BB: Fragonard’s The Swing

March 1, 2019

Corrie & Nat break down Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "The Swing". The Babes discuss everything from the frilly pink dress to the clever details to the complicated story of the commission. Plus Corrie gets real into her feels about this cornerstone of the Rococo.

Episode 116: Maps (They Don’t Love You Like I Love You)

February 17, 2019

We’re joined by fellow Art History Babe and map lover Mariah Briel to parse through all sorts of theoretically challenging ideas concerning maps and how we document space. Join us as we discuss map making and its relationship to cultural ignorance, the fundamental issues with making a 3D thing into a 2D thing, and how maps operate as both an art object and a scientific object.

Episode 115: Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw

February 7, 2019

Corrie is joined by actor friend and horror film buff Brian Muldoon to chat about Netflix's new horror satire situated in the contemporary art world, "Velvet Buzzsaw".

Episode 114: Art History BB: The Great Mosque of Djenné

February 1, 2019

In this Babe Brief, Corrie & Nat discuss the largest mud-built structure in the world, The Great Mosque of Djenné.

Episode 113: Air Ink with Anirudh Sharma

January 16, 2019

Air Ink is a brand of ink and ink-based art products made from industrial air pollution. Corrie and Nat sit down with the company's founder, Anirudh Sharma, and discuss what this product could mean for environmentalism and the future of art making.

Episode 112: Anselm Kiefer

January 11, 2019

Buckle your seatbelts because the Art History Babes are amped on Anselm Kiefer. We’re joined by artist, friend, fellow Kiefer fan girl, and all around quality human Faith Sponsler to discuss the complex and weighty work of this post WWII German Neo-expressionist.

Episode 111: Q&A #2

January 3, 2019

You got questions and we got answers! The Babes pour over all sorts of interesting emails — sharing everything from GRE advice, grad school application horror stories, and research tips to updates on weird putti, Sonia Delaunay, and the Terracotta Soldiers. Plus feminism AND cannibalism !!! 

EPISODE 110: Art History BB: Intro to Modernism

December 31, 2018

Nat and Corrie give a brief overview of Modernism and its many movements. From the ridiculous trial of James McNeil Whistler, to Abstract Expressionism, let the babes help you feel less intimidated by modern art.

Episode 109: holiday magic 2018

December 20, 2018

It's time for the yearly Art History Babe holiday menagerie! The history of the menorah, a mystical wild nativity scene, the evolution of Santa Claus, and John Leech's illustrations for A Christmas Carol. Let's get festive y'all.

Episode 108: The Blackest, Little-Black Dress With Jason Chase and Taryn Johnson

December 6, 2018

The first episode from the AHB-Boston Extravaganza! Corrie and Nat sit down with artists Jason Chase and Taryn Johnson. Taryn and Jason talk about the Boston art scene, how they created the world's blackest, little-black dress, and being a full-time artist & freelancer. 

Episode 107: Art History BB: Paleolithic Art

November 25, 2018

Corrie and Nat take it back to pre-history and discuss the work of our earliest art makers. Join us for some notable examples of Paleolithic art including: Venus of Willendorf, Camelid sacrum in the shape of a canine, the Lascaux Caves and more.

Episode 106: “The Masterpiece” with Fiona Davis

November 14, 2018

Historical fiction author, Fiona Davis, talks with Corrie and Nat about her latest novel The Masterpiece. Davis discusses what it took to write her first art-historical fiction novel and where she drew inspiration for the story. 

Episode 105: Art & Murder (&Wine) Part 2

October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween! In part two of the 2018 Halloween special, Jen talks John Wayne Gacy, his creepy clown paintings, and the rise of murderabilia and Corrie recounts the horrific death mask murder that shook the 80s NYC art scene.
Warning: this episode contains casual and explicit discussion of murder, violence, and sexual assault. It is not appropriate for children and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Please use your own discretion.

Episode 104: Art & Murder (&Wine) Part 1

October 26, 2018

It is the AHB's favorite time of year and that means it's time for another spooky episode! In part one of of a two parter on art and murder, the Babes discuss the violent, murderous exploits of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and recount the abusive behaviors and dramatic murder of Stanford White.
Warning: this episode contains casual and explicit discussion of murder, violence, and sexual assault. It is not appropriate for children and may not be appropriate for all listeners. Please use your own discretion.
P.S. can we get this on Derek Waters radar because the AH Babes were made for Drunk History.

Episode 103: Art History BB: Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”

October 17, 2018

In this Babe Brief, Corrie, Nat, & Jen discuss the life of Sandro Botticelli (aka Papa Botts) and examine the history and symbolism of "The Birth of Venus."

Episode 102: Vinny Van Gogh

October 5, 2018

Why was Van Gogh critical of Starry Night? Is it actually a painting of his hippocampus? Or a representation of some scientific phenomena? Join the Babes for a deep dive into the life of Vincent van Gogh. We talk his mental health, relationship with his brother Theo, the mystery surrounding his death and so much more.

Episode 101: Lady Gaga w/ FErren Gipson

September 21, 2018

Nat and Corrie are joined by the lovely Ferren Gipson of the Art Matters Podcast to talk about Pop Star Lady Gaga. The Babes also joined Ferren on an episode of Art Matters centered on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Topics include Gaga’s ties to the drag world, her use of art historical imagery and her connections to the art world.

EPISODE 100! Meme Fest: The Art of Memes

August 29, 2018

One hundred episodes! The Babes go on a journey through the land of memes. We talk the origin of memes, art history memes, astrology memes, memes and dada, memes as as art, and go down many a giggly meme rabbit hole. Dancing baby, double rainbow, sad Michael Jordan - no meme goes untouched.

Episode 99: Hot Takes: Conspiracy Theories

August 19, 2018

The Babes have a late night chat with friend and graphic designer Paul Kreizenbeck about a whole host of conspiracy theories including: Holocaust deniers, The Denver Airport, Paul McCartney is dead, The Mandela Effect, John Titor, MK Ultra, Simulation Theory, and Flat Earth Theory.

Episode 98: Art History BB: Machu Picchu

August 10,2018

Nat & Corrie discuss the history and mystery surrounding the infamous marker of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu.

Episode 97: Art History BB: Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds

August 3, 2018

All the babes get together to discuss Ai Weiwei's 2011 work, Sunflower Seeds. Find out how and why the artist filled a gallery in the Tate Modern with 1,000,000 tiny, porcelain sunflower seeds.

Episode 96: Ruth Rippon

August 1, 2018

Twice recorded is twice as nice? After losing, and re-recording the first half, we are pleased to finally be releasing our Ruth Rippon episode! Learn all about this prolific ceramicist and all-around amazing lady. 

Episode 95: Art History BB: Petra

July 26, 2018

This Art History Babe Brief explores the rock cut city of Petra, a fascinating archeological site in southern Jordan (and the filming local of such major motion pictures as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" and "The Mummy Returns").

Episode 94: Rausch Party (Robert Rauschenberg...kind of)

July 23, 2018

Sometimes a bunch of artists and art historians get together, drink several mint juleps by the pool, and then talk about Robert Rauschenberg. This is a recording of one of those times. It's a wild ride but I promise there's substance in there.

Episode 93: Art History BB: Oath of the Horatii

July 9, 2018

Join the Babes for the fast facts on French artist Jacques-Louis David's massive Neoclassical painting, "The Oath of the Horatii" and a discussion of David's complicated/fascinating relationship with aristocracy and revolutionary forces.

EPISODE 92: Animazing Fine Art with Heidi Leigh

July 2, 2018

Corrie & Nat chat with NYC gallery owner Heidi Leigh about conceptual animation art and the experience of owning and operating an art gallery. Heidi shares why she believes art is necessary in everyday life as well as some fantastic anecdotes involving Yoko Ono, Tim Burton, Maurice Sendak and many more.

Episode 91: ApeSh*T

June 29, 2018

Beyonce & Jay-Z rented the Louvre & the AHB are gonna talk about it. The Babes share initial reactions, discuss feminism and reclamation of space, analyze various art works showcased in the video, & go OFF about that illuminati mess.

Episode 90: Art History BB: Hagia Sophia

June 21, 2018

Church, mosque, museum, OH MY! Nat, Corrie & Jen discuss the many lives and styles of Hagia Sophia in modern-day Istanbul, Turkey. Join the Babes as they discuss this iconic symbol of Byzantine art and architecture all while mispronouncing a whole lotta words.


June 8, 2018

Jen, Corrie and Nat discuss the enigmatic Cindy Sherman in this BB episode. Sherman is a contemporary American photographer who came to prominence in the late 1970s, and is best known for her complex photography challenging the status quo and exploring ideas of identity in contemporary culture. 

Episode 88: Art History BB: Narmer Palette

May 31, 2018

This one's for you Horus.. Corrie and Nat discuss the Ancient Egyptian Palette of Narmer in this BB episode. Learn about this object, King Narmer, and his role in Egypt's history.

Episode 87: Synesthesia

May 29, 2018

4% of people are said to have Synesthesia, a trait which results in a crossing of sense experience such as seeing music as color. In this super heady episode, the Babes tackle this fascinating topic discussing everything from scientific studies to contemporary artists to cyborgs. Asking the ever important question, if you could paint a song, which one would you pick?

Episode 86: Art History BB: Faith Ringgold

May 24, 2018

Faith Ringgold's work explores powerful themes of marriage, motherhood, religion, death, female identity, and black identity through the use of various mediums and the incorporation of craft materials in the style of folk art. Corrie & Nat discuss this contemporary multimedia artist and share their experience at a recent exhibition.

Episode 85: Art History BB: Spiral Jetty

May 17, 2018

Corrie & Nat discuss Robert Smithson's 1970 work of land art, Spiral Jetty. AKA Corrie gets weepy about a bunch of rocks in Utah. Plus a chat about the Met Gala.

Episode 84: Annie Leibovitz

May 14, 2018

The champagne is flowing as Corrie, Ginny, and Jen discuss the prolific photographer behind some of the most significant portraits in American pop culture, Annie Leibovitz. From Rolling Stone magazine to touring with the Rolling Stones, from her relationship with John Lennon and Yoko Ono to her life with Susan Sontag, Leibovitz has captured numerous defining figures and moments of the past century. Also, a solid discuss of ocean creatures.

Episode 83: Art History BB: "Arnol-Feeny" Portrait

May 10, 2018

Corrie and Nat discuss the enigmatic "Arnol-Feeny" (Arnolfini) Portrait in preparation for the upcoming royal wedding. At once believed to be a wedding portrait, the work remains a staple in any art historical discourse. Plus–there's a pup.

Episode 82: Art History BB: Impressionism

May 3, 2018

All four babes unite to present this art history babe brief on the Impressionist movement and some of it's forerunners. They discuss the style, societal influences on the movement, and related movements.

Episode 81: art history BB: The Bauhaus

April 25, 2018

The Babes share the fast facts on the prominent school of art and design, the Bauhaus.

Episode 80: Red, Red Wine

April 23, 2018

Fortune. Luck. Power. Violence. Join Corrie, Ginny and Nat as they talk all things red. In the latest of their color series, the babes cover an insect genocide, Mark Rothko's com, and artists who work in blood. And you know you want to find out which zodiac sign is associated with red and obsessed with power.. 

Episode 79: Art History BB: Andy Warhol

April 12, 2018

In this Art History Babe Brief, Corrie, Ginny, & Jen discuss leading contributor to the Pop Art movement and man behind the infamous "Campbell's Soup Cans", Andy Warhol. Join us for a snapshot of Warhol's early life, fascinating (and lucrative) career, and untimely death.

Episode 78: Hot Takes: Black Panther

April 9, 2018

Time for another Hot Take! The Babes chat about the mega-successful Marvel film, Black Panther and the comic that inspired it. Join us as we discuss everything from our favorite characters, to the power of representation, to post-colonial theory in mainstream media.

Episode 77: Art History BB: Las Meninas

March 29, 2018

"Las Meninas" by Diego Velázquez is one of the most enigmatic and intensely studied works in the Western canon. In this Art History Babe Brief, the Babes provide an introduction to this painting and peel back a few of the infinite layers of analysis surrounding this work.

Episode 76: Women of Abstract Expressionism w Sartle

March 26, 2018

Nat and Corrie are joined by Rose and Angelica of Sartle (See Art Differently) to learn about some of the bad-ass ladies of the Abstract Expressionist movement. In this episode the babes discuss artists Lee Krasner,  Helen Frankenthaler, Jay deFeo, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell & Judith Godwin. Find out more about these amazing women who broke into America's most masculine art movement.

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 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 Bosch

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.

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 and dig up some dirt on 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 Part 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!