The Art History Babes

Four friends that really dig art and talking about it. *Regular episodes: Discussion and analysis of art historical topics often fueled by alcohol. *Art History Babe Briefs (Art History BBs) : quick art history facts minus the expletives. *Hot Takes: The Babes mix it up, chatting about topics outside the realm of established art history.

Visual Arts
Society & Culture
witches, bitches
From the Greek Goddess Hecate to contemporary Instagram witches, join all four Art History Babes for a spooky, silly, late night tour through witches in Art History.
120 min
Yellow: The Grooviest Color
Saffron, sexy forbidden books, a song by Coldplay, bovine urine, emoji culture - join the AHB to find out all the reasons why yellow is historically the ~grooviest~ color.
117 min
Art History BB: Marina Abramović
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.
15 min
Writing Anti-racist Histories with Blair Imani
Nat and Corrie speak with amazing historian, author, and activist, Blair Imani.
60 min
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 "Untitled" sold for $110.5 million dollars, making it the most expensive American work ever sold. In this ep 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".
78 min
Decolonize the Art World with Yaa Addae
A powerful, wonderful, full moon-charged conversation with writer, artist, curator, and organizer of the platform @decolonizetheartworld, Yaa Addae about overhaul of the global art industry, the absolute necessity of imagining anti-colonial possibilities, and the discipline of art history vs. a history of the world as constructed by artists.
62 min
Purple Mountains Majesty
Regal, majestic, & mysterious, the color purple has come to hold many associations over the years, many relating to power in one form or another.
56 min
Historic Hospitals with Isabelle Kent Part 2
Part 2! Nat speaks again with London-based art historian Isabelle Kent, this time about the Isenheim Altarpiece.
91 min
Historic Hospitals with Isabelle Kent Part 1
Nat speaks with London-based art historian Isabelle Kent about the Hospital de la Caridad in Seville, Spain.
74 min
Art History BB: Käthe Kollwitz
Käthe Kollwitz was a German modern artist, well-known for creating prints that celebrate the plight of the working class.
27 min
Fabergé Eggs
Join the Babes and special guest Sonya as they discuss Carl Fabergé and his many eggs of note.
62 min
Art History BB: Stonehenge: Monumental Megalith...
Corrie and Nat discuss the famously mysterious, Stonehenge.
28 min
The Joy of Podcasting with Bob Ross
57 min
Hot Takes: What We Do in the Shadows
Vampires, dry absurdist humor, art historical references - it’s no wonder that the art history babes love “What We Do in the Shadows”.
64 min
Art History BB: Bayeux Tapestry
Corrie and Nat discuss the Bayeux Tapestry which, spoiler alert: is not even really a tapestry!
30 min
Art History BB: Mariko Mori's Pure Land
First Art History Babe Brief of 2020 focuses on the work of Mariko Mori, including her famous 90s works titled Nirvana and Pure Land.
22 min
Art History BB: Spiral Jetty
Corrie & Nat discuss Robert Smithson's 1970 work of land art, Spiral Jetty.
24 min
David Donald Sutherland
In this episode, Natalie talks with LA-based artist David Donald Sutherland.
51 min
Meme Fest: The Art of Memes
The Babes go on a journey through the land of memes. Dancing baby, double rainbow, sad Michael Jordan - no meme goes untouched.
84 min
Live at SOFA Chicago with Emily Mackie and Lora...
37 min
Live at SOFA Chicago with Margie Criner
The AHB are joined by Margie Criner at SOFA Chicago to discuss nostalgia, creativity, and all things mini!
32 min
holiday spooky corner: krampus
Corrie is joined by spooky Brian Muldoon to discuss the lore surrounding St. Nick's dark servant, Krampus.
44 min
holiday magic 2017: winter scenes
Holiday Special! The Babes discuss some of their fave wintry scenes.
38 min
Live at SOFA Chicago with Melissa Morgan, Sarah...
The Art History Babes are joined by 3 female gallery owners to discuss the varying perspectives of running and art gallery.
49 min
holiday magic 2016
Grab a glass of egg nog and join us as we explore the wintery Nordic illustrations of Kay Nielsen, enjoy the pagan traditions of Saturnalia, and discuss some lesser-known folklore surrounding the holiday season.
62 min
Chinese Calligraphy with Derek Zhang
The AHB are hanging with dear friend and art historian Derek Zhang to talk the history and mystery of Chinese calligraphy!
58 min
The Art of Instagram with Caroline Calloway
We're joined by Caroline Calloway to talk everything from the art of instagram to art history in the age of digital creativity to advice for building a brand and surviving trolls.
39 min
Spooky Corner: Zombies
Corrie & Brian talk the cultural phenomenon that is ZOMBIES.
63 min
Devil, Satan, Lucifer, the Dev
All four babes together talking about depictions of the dev throughout history. Epic poetry, sexy satan sculptures, contemporary Satanism and so much more!
91 min
Spooky Corner: Doppelgängers, Evil Twins, Uncan...
In episode three of the Spooky Corner series, Corrie & Brian do a deep dive on doppelgängers, evil twins, and uncanny doubles
44 min
Art and Murder (& Wine) Part 2
Jen talks John Wayne Gacy and his creepy clown paintings. Corrie recounts a horrific murder that shook the 80s NYC art scene.
48 min
Art and Murder (& Wine) Part 1
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.
71 min
Spooky Corner: The Wendigo
Corrie & Brian talk various representations (and misrepresentations) of the cannibalistic creature/spirit of Algonquian legend - the Wendigo!
45 min
Haunted Paintings
Prepare to get spooked! The AHB discuss the mythos surrounding four notable haunted paintings.
49 min
Art History BB: More Etruscans
We're giving you even more Etruscan art.
16 min
Spooky Corner: Talkin' Banshees
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!
36 min
Memento Mori
There's nothing spookier than thinking about the inevitability of death!
72 min
Art History BB: Etruscan Funerary Art
kicking off spooky season by talking death! specifically the tombs and sarcophagi of the Etruscan civilization.
20 min
Art Historian Turned Astrologer Aliza Kelly
Corrie is joined by Cosmopolitan mag's resident astrologer Aliza Kelly to discuss shared interests in art history and astrology.
60 min
Art History BB: Taj Mahal
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”.
33 min
Weird Putti
The Babes discuss the various manifestations of putti in visual culture.
40 min
Hieronymus Bosch
73 min
Art History BB: Kouros & Kore
Nat and Kore-ie (hah.) provide an intro to Ancient Greek Kouroi and Korai statues.
25 min
XL Art
Let’s talk about BIG ART. In this super-sized episode, Nat, Jen and Gin discuss art on a large-scale.
54 min
Art History BB: The Forbidden City
Nat and Corrie cover the Forbidden City in Beijing, China in this Art History BB.
24 min
Artemisia Gentileschi
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 life and work of Caravaggio's sole female follower, Artemisia Gentileschi.
46 min
Ana Mendieta
The babes express their thoughts, feelings and speculation around Mendieta’s art as well as her way-too-short, but fascinating life.
98 min
"Heroes: A Tribute" with Doug Meyer
Doug Meyer joins Natalie on the podcast to discuss the release of "Heroes: A Tribute."
48 min
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 and Italian Futurism. Plus book recommendations!
45 min
Cube Your Enthusiasm Part 1
In the first of two episodes on Cubism, the Babes talk music festivals, Picasso and primitivism, and take a trip into the fourth dimension.
52 min
Art History BB: The Seated Scribe
Corrie & Nat discuss the Ancient Egyptian sculpture the Seated Scribe.
16 min
Art History BB: Caravaggio's The Calling of Sai...
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.
19 min
Art History BB: Yinka Shonibare's The Swing
Corrie and Nat discuss Yinka Shonibare's 2001 work, The Swing (after Fragonard).
18 min
Hot Takes: Bojack Horseman
The Babes chat about favorite funny horse cartoon, Bojack Horseman.
83 min
Art Appraisal with Emilie Nettinga
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.
33 min
Hilma AF Klint
Little known painter Hilma af Klint was a pioneer of abstraction, with an entire body of visually captivating work pre-dating that of Kandinsky. Also, she talked to ghosts.
52 min
Art History BB: Notre Dame Cathedral
Corrie & Ginny share some of the history of Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral and discuss the fire, resultant media storm, and potential restoration efforts.
40 min
Georgia O'Keeffe
Desert skulls, vagina flowers, and Alfred Stieglitz—The Art History Babes discuss the many layers to Georgia O’Keefe’s artistic practice, philosophy, and partnerships.
56 min
Live at the L.A. Art Show w Marisa Caichiolo & ...
The Art History Babes chat with the curator of Diverse Art LA, Marisa Caichiolo and contemporary artist, Andrés Paredes.
27 min
Live at the L.A. Art Show with Kim Martindale
First ever live episode of the Art History Babes! Corrie and Nat are live at the LA Art show with the show’s director, Kim Martindale.
38 min
Live from LA: Kyle Can't Talk
54 min
Art History BB: Fragonard's The Swing
Corrie & Nat discuss everything from the frilly pink dress to the clever details to the complicated story of the commission.
30 min
An extra long episode dedicated to the fiercely passionate art babe queen, Frida Kahlo.
91 min
Maps (They Don't Love You Like I Love You)
We are joined by fellow Art History Babe, Mariah Briel, to 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.
61 min
Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw
Corrie is joined by actor friend and horror film buff Brian Muldoon to chat about Netflix's new art world-centered horror satire, "Velvet Buzzsaw".
42 min
Art History BB: The Great Mosque of Djenné
In this Babe Brief, Corrie & Nat discuss the largest mud-built structure in the world, The Great Mosque of Djenné.
16 min
Air Ink with Anirudh Sharma
Corrie and Nat sit down with Anirudh Sharma to discuss what Air Ink could mean for environmentalism and the future of art making.
27 min
Anselm Kiefer
The Babes are joined by Faith Sponsler to fan girl over the weighty, entrancing, philosophically-loaded works of Anselm Kiefer.
90 min
Q & A #2
You got questions and the Babes got answers! Grad school application horror stories, weird putti, research tips and so much more.
91 min
Art History BB: Intro to Modernism
Nat and Corrie give a brief introduction to the behemoth that is Modernism.
27 min
holiday magic 2018
Let's get festive y'all! The history of the menorah, a mystical wild nativity scene, the evolution of Santa Claus, and John Leech's illustrations for A Christmas Carol.
65 min
The Blackest, Little-Black Dress With Jason Cha...
The first episode from the AHB-Boston Extravaganza! Corrie and Nat sit down with artists Jason Chase and Taryn Johnson.
62 min
Art History BB: Paleolithic Art
Corrie and Nat take it back to pre-history and discuss the work of our earliest art makers.
24 min
Color Theory Part 1
The Art History Babes discuss the trippy nature of color perception and the enigmatic history of the color blue.
54 min
The Masterpiece with Fiona Davis
Historical fiction author, Fiona Davis, talks with Corrie and Nat about her latest novel The Masterpiece.
31 min
TEASER: Self-Destructing Banksy
Nat and Corrie hash out their complicated feelings and theories surrounding the painting sold for that sold for $1.4 million, and subsequently shredded.
13 min
Halloween Throwback: "The Mezzotint"
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!
54 min
Halloween Throwback: Memento Mori
There's nothing spookier than thinking about the inevitability of death! The Babes examine various examples of memento mori in art past and present.
72 min
Art History BB: Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus"
Corrie, Nat, & Jen discuss the life of Sandro Botticelli and examine the history and symbolism of "The Birth of Venus".
33 min
Vinny van Gogh
Join the Babes for a deep dive into the life of Vincent van Gogh.
90 min
Lady Gaga with Ferren Gipson
Nat and Corrie are joined by the lovely Ferren Gipson of the Art Matters Podcast to talk about Pop Star Lady Gaga.
75 min
Hot Takes: Conspiracy Theories w Paul Kreizenbeck
The Babes have a late night chat with friend and graphic designer Paul Kreizenbeck about a whole host of conspiracy theories.
73 min
Art History BB: Machu Picchu
Nat & Corrie discuss the history and mystery surrounding the infamous marker of the Inca empire, Machu Picchu.
24 min
Ai Wei or the Highway
The Babes discuss contemporary artist Ai Weiwei's work, influences, political activism, & tumultuous relationship with the Chinese government.
76 min
Art History BB: Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds
All the babes get together to discuss Ai Weiwei's 2011 work, Sunflower Seeds.
15 min
Ruth Rippon
Learn all about this prolific ceramicist and all-around amazing lady.
44 min
Art History BB: Petra
This Art History Babe Brief explores the rock cut city of Petra, a fascinating archeological site in southern Jordan.
18 min
Rausch Party (Robert Rauschenberg...kind of)
A bunch of artists and art historians get together, drink several mint juleps by the pool, and then talk about Robert Rauschenberg...among other things.
65 min
Art History BB: The Oath of the Horatii
Join the Babes for the fast facts on French artist Jacques-Louis David's massive Neoclassical painting, "The Oath of the Horatii".
12 min
Animazing Fine Art with Heidi Leigh
Corrie & Nat chat with NYC gallery owner Heidi Leigh about conceptual animation art and the experience of owning and operating an art gallery.
50 min
Beyonce & Jay-Z rented the Louvre & the AHB are gonna talk about it.
82 min
Art History BB: Hagia Sophia
Church, mosque, museum, OH MY! Nat, Corrie & Jen discuss the many lives and styles of Hagia Sophia in modern-day Istanbul, Turkey.
19 min
Corita Kent: Patron Saint of Pop Art
The Babes and guest Zach Clark look at the work of the amazing artist, teacher, and Catholic nun, Corita Kent.
84 min
Bad Boys of the Baroque
A discussion of the artistic and personal dramas of three bad boys of the Baroque: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, & Diego Velazquez.
61 min
Art History BB: Cindy Sherman
Jen, Corrie and Nat discuss the enigmatic Cindy Sherman in this BB episode.
18 min
Art History BB: Narmer Palette
Corrie and Nat discuss the Ancient Egyptian Palette of Narmer in this BB episode.
9 min
In this super heady episode the Babes tackle the fascinating topic of Synesthesia, discussing everything from scientific studies to contemporary artists to cyborgs.
86 min
Art History BB: Faith Ringgold
Corrie & Nat discuss contemporary multimedia artist, Faith Ringgold
15 min
Annie Leibovitz
Corrie, Ginny, and Jen discuss the prolific photographer behind so many iconic portraits of the past century, Annie Liebovitz.
79 min
Art History BB: "Arnol-Feeny" Portrait
Corrie and Nat discuss the enigmatic "Arnol-Feeny" (Arnolfini) Portrait in preparation for the upcoming royal wedding.
13 min