Interview with The Art History Babes
Give us a brief summary of The Art History Babes.
The Art History Babes are four lady pals with Masters’ degrees in Art History that love to drink wine and discuss visual culture. The show explores various aspects of art and art history from a largely interdisciplinary perspective. Our primary goal is to makeart accessible, promote curiosity, and illuminate how relevant and fun the study of visual culture can be.
Tell us about the ladies behind this show. How did you meet and decide to work together?
Corrie, Natalie, Jen, and Ginny met during graduate school. We all attended the University of California, Davis for our M.A. in ArtHistory. One night we were grabbing drinks to decompress from grad school stress. We were a bit tipsy and Ginny told this amazing story about Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Corrie had recently gotten really into listening to podcasts so her first instinct was “We should start a podcast!”. It started a fun side project to help express our love for art in a non-academic setting. The response we got was overwhelmingly supportive and now it’s become our primary focus.
What are some ways young contemporary artists can become better versed in art history? Give us some tips on where to begin.
The world of art history is vast. The internet is an amazing resource and we would suggest exploring the history of a theme, idea, or material that you find intriguing. Go to museums any chance you get! You will inevitably find yourself attracted to certain works and artists. Take an art history course if you have the opportunity. And listen to our podcast obvi :)
What are your team's hobbies and interests outside of making this show? How do you spend your free time?
We all love to travel and we all enjoy live music.
Natalie is into cooking, running, and learning about health and wellness.
Corrie is a dancer, loves teaching and working with children, and a is self-proclaimed “wonder junkie”.
Ginny loves reading, collecting old records, and making pasta.
Jen loves comic books and likes to paint and draw.
What inspires each episode, how do you come up with the theme?
Really whatever tickles our fancy. While we were in grad school the episodes would often overlap with what we were studying or writing about at the time. We try to address topics that are in the news or currently relevant as often as possible. We also get a ton of listener requests so we do our best to keep up with those.
What are top 10 art history books you think artists should know about?
In no particular order and by no means comprehensive:
“The Brilliant History of Color in Art” by Victoria Finlay
“Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space” by Brian O’Doherty
“Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas” Edited by Charles Townsend Harrison, Paul Wood
“Legend, Myth, and Magic in the Image of the Artist: A Historical Experiment” by Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz
“The Subversive Stitch” by Rozsika Parker
“Orientalism” by Edward W. Said
“Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How to Unleash Your Creative Potential by America’s Master Communicator, George Lois”
“The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art” by the Guerrilla Girls
For artist’s seeking insight into the curation process:
“The Curator’s Handbook” by Adrian George
If you’re looking for something more comprehensive, art history survey textbooks by Marilyn Stokstad or Helen Gardner are a good place to start.
How can we learn more and support you?
We are entirely listener supported and donating to our Patreon is a huuuge help: www.patreon.com/arthistorybabes
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