The Unexpected and Odd Side of Art History

For nearly as long as I can remember, I’ve heard one of two things when I reveal that I am an art curator/art historian. I either hear, “Wow, what a cool job!” Or I hear this far less-welcome response: “Oh, art is so boring.”

After nearly 10 years working in a museum and after studying the history of art for almost two full decades, I finally had enough. I wanted to DO SOMETHING about it, even if that something was really small. So I did the only thing I could:

I got my voice out there.

In August 2016, I started the ArtCurious Podcast, which looks at the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in art history. The podcast is art history for all of us. This isn’t like a college lecture, droning on about archaic art terminology (like chiaroscuro or contrapposto) or the importance of linear perspective (um, okay). I’m interested in the juicy stuff: did Van Gogh actually commit suicide? Was a British painter actually Jack the Ripper? And how did the CIA covertly support modern art? That’s the ArtCurious difference: it’s all about story first, shining light into unseen corners of art history. Art history is full of fascinating stories — and I want to share them to a broad audience of art lovers and art novices alike. And if you just happen to learn something along the way, that’s just gravy.

Recent episodes include questions about Van Gogh’s death — did he really commit suicide? Or was he actually murdered? Why do Michelangelo’s images of women look so buff and manly? And who was Weegee, and what does he have to do with Andy Warhol? Did the CIA use modern art as a weapon during the Cold War? And why, oh why, do people actually attack works of art?

One thing’s for sure: art history is wild. Hope you’ll visit the website and listen in on iTunes to join in on the fun.