Tag: 19th century
Lots of food for thought in this episode as Allyson discusses a Shona headrest from Zimbabwe in the Met’s collection: how do such objects come to be in Western museums? Should they be returned to their cultures of origin?
Allyson discusses Myra Albert Wiggins’s The Lacemaker (1899, Portland Museum of Art), workin’ hard for the money, and types of labor that we might not see as labor. This one’s for you, needleworkers!
Théodore Géricault’s 1819 painting The Raft of the Medusa is part of a larger tangled web of colonialism, incompetence, and disaster. In this episode we get into the shipwreck on which it was based as well as how it’s used today in pop cultural milestones like Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “APES**T” video.
Hagia Sophia has had many lives over the centuries: from church, to mosque, to secular museum, it’s always taken center stage in its city, whether you call it Istanbul or Constantinople. This episode explores its history, from the violent to the serene, and how the building remains a site of change and shifts in power.
This episode gets a bit obscure and focuses on a single woodcut from David Cusick’s 1828 book Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations, the earliest English-language account of Iroquois history.