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?
Esther Mahlangu’s Untitled, 2008 has simple geometry, but a complex context–Allyson talks about its connections to commerce, soccer, and… BMWs?
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.