In this episode, Allyson gets topical and talks about a Kehinde Wiley painting–but maybe not the one you think!
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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Art History for All! In this episode, Allyson tells you all about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the impact it’s had on Western culture, breaking it down from the Renaissance to Dan Brown and beyond.
© 2018 Allyson Healey
Theme music © 2018 Bruce Healey
“Lasting Hope”, “Suonatore di Liuto”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Here you’ll find a regularly-updated list with links to other digitally-based art history and humanities projects, as well as individuals and organizations whose mission or research interests align with AH4A‘s.
Tabloid Art History (A Twitter and Instagram that post comparisons of art from various periods with photos of celebrities. They’ve also released a zine, available for free online and for purchase in physical form.)
McMansion Hell (A blog dedicated to roasting “McMansions” as well as deconstructing why exactly they are bad, in architectural history terms.)
The Material Collective (A group of primarily medievalist art historians dedicated to fostering “a safe space for alternative ways of thinking about objects.” Also dedicated to academic/art historical activism.)
Kimberly R. Drew (The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s social media manager, and the founder of the blog Black Contemporary Art.)
Hyperallergic (A progressive art news website that describes itself as “a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.)
Dash-Amerikan: Keeping Up With the Social Media Ecologies of the Kardashians (A digital project through the University of Virginia’s Scholars Lab that looks at the Kardashian-Jenner family and their various properties and social media presences through a critical lens.)
The Incluseum (In their own words: “The Incluseum is a project based in Seattle, Washington that advances new ways of being a museum through critical discourse, community building and collaborative practice related to inclusion in museums.” Includes a blog, a record of their exhibit The Power of Place, as well as tools to assist in catalyzing change in museum contexts.)
The CORAI Project (An organization founded by independent art historian Andrea Iaroc, CORAI stands for “Creating Opportunities for Representing Art history Inclusively,” and “seeks to provide springboard grants to art historians that are working to change the field, those that are challenging old parameters and theories, and those that are creating new philosophies.”)
Study the Humanities (A toolkit for educators and administrators on how to promote the humanities to undergraduates. Also useful for students and parents to make the case for why the humanities are useful and necessary in our society. Created by the National Humanities Alliance.)
Artsy (An online magazine, art auction portal, and database of information about artists, artworks, exhibitions, and more.)
About the Podcast
Art History for All is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of visual art by discussing how art from throughout human history is relevant to us right now. This podcast looks beyond the traditional art historical canon and considers a global history of art and material culture in a casual, conversational way. The core question we return to over and over again is essentially “so what?” Why would or should anyone care about a given work of art? What relevance does something from hundreds of years ago or thousands of miles away have to people in the here and now?
This podcast is dedicated to accessibility in the practical sense, as well, providing episode transcripts for those who find the podcasts difficult to listen to or understand in audio form, or those who want to be able to access citations and sourcing. Both audio podcasts and transcripts will include verbal descriptions of the central works discussed, for the benefit of those who cannot view them.
About Allyson Healey
Allyson Healey earned her Bachelor’s degree in art history from Scripps College in 2014, and earned her Master’s in art and architectural history from the University of Virginia in 2017. As an intern at Scripps’s Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, she assisted in the mounting of Clay’s Tectonic Shift, a Pacific Standard Time exhibition, in 2012. Along with other interns, she co-curated Archetypal Form: The Art of Performance, a small exhibition of photographs from Scripps’s permanent collections. She also co-curated Modernizing Meiji, an exhibition of Japanese prints and decorative objects, along with other students of Meiji-period Japanese art in 2013. From 2012-2013 she studied abroad at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she received a thorough grounding in art historical theory. The primary focus of Allyson’s graduate work was British art of the 18th and 19th centuries, though she undertook coursework on a variety of art historical topics, from the material culture of the Silk Road, to the 18th century excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the sculpture and architecture of ancient India. This podcast is a reflection of her current research interests, primarily the question of how identity politics and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability are evident in the art historical record or omitted from conventional art history. You can contact Allyson through the Art History for All Twitter, or via email at email@example.com.