Allyson discusses Filipina artist Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s Girls with Baskets (1966), and how colonialism, class, and global politics affect even the most sentimental of art.
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!
Esther Mahlangu’s Untitled, 2008 has simple geometry, but a complex context–Allyson talks about its connections to commerce, soccer, and… BMWs?
It’s a mind-bending episode as Allyson guides you through Roberto Matta’s surreal mental landscape, Invasion of the Night (1941), and explores its connections to physics and psychology.
Allyson guides you through the eleventh-century Chinese handscroll painting Summer Mountains, (北宋 傳屈鼎 夏山圖 卷) by little-known painter Qu Ding (屈鼎).
Allyson teaches you all about québécoise painter and stained glass artist Marcelle Ferron, whose windows at the Champ-de-Mars Métro station in Montréal are a unique example of public art.
In this episode, Allyson goes down under and discusses the life of Albert Namatjira, his watercolor painting Catherine Creek, Northern Territory (circa 1950), and the situation of Aboriginal Australians in the early to mid-twentieth century.
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.