Art History 101

22 episodes

Curated by:
rmmiller364

I’m an art historian and I often assign podcasts to students in my intro art history courses. I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorites. Some of these might be surprising because they aren’t traditional art history lectures, but I think that’s what makes them great for grabbing students’ interest!


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This is my all-time favorite podcast episode. It asks the question, “how can we communicate across time?” I’m an art historian and I actually assign this episode to my students in the intro art histor...Show More

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This is a beautifully written podcast about an amazing artist, Edmonia Lewis, a 19th-century women sculptor of color.

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Another wonderful installment from Nate DiMeo’s residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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An excellent episode about non-representational art, art vandalism, and the shady world of art restoration.

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The first episode in an amazing series about the unsolved theft of priceless paintings from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

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It’s hard to pick favorites from the excellent series Museum of Lost Objects, which retraces the histories of sites and objects looted or destroyed in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia, bu...Show More

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In art history classes, we normally just talk about Peggy Guggenheim’s art collecting, but this podcast really shows that she had one amazing life and dives into her beautiful love affair with the cit...Show More

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When teaching Chandigarh, I often focus on the failures of Western modernism and the lack of attention to the local Indian context and climate when building the city; it was lovely, however, to listen...Show More

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I love that this podcast episode focuses on everyday life in Pompeii, which is a great compliment to more usual high brow art historical discussions of sculptures, frescoes, and mosaics!

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Art history is not just talking about what art work meant at the time it was created, but also means looking at the continued legacy of artists and artwork. This podcast, although short, is a great ex...Show More

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Memorials and public art often spark spirited debates; this is a great example, which explores how the general public often views figurative sculpture (meaning, statues of people) as the norm for monu...Show More

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A really great art history mystery that also explores the intersection between global politics and art

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This is a great episode about both an amazing and really humorous art controversy that happened recently. It explores interesting questions like “who owns a color?” It also features artists being very...Show More

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The story of how a museum was saved from war.... by covering its treasures in concrete!

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Where does all the art that gets purchased for investment purposes get stored? Listen to this episode to learn about freeports, giant warehouses that exist in no country where you don’t have to pay an...Show More

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Like a lot of types of collecting, if you want to make money off of art, you’re probably better off just burning your money. Enjoy art because you like it! Not because it has market value!

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What happens when the designer of a very extensive long-term project passes away in the middle of it? Do we have to stay true to that designer’s original intent?

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Excellent episode! This is yet another great podcast about Edmonia Lewis, a fascinating woman sculptor of color who worked in Rome in the 19th century. It was amazing to hear how her Death of Cleopatr...Show More

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Another of my favorite Memory Palace podcasts, which describes how the great piers for the Brooklyn Bridge were sunk into the river bed. This is an excellent example of Nate’s beautiful poetic writing...Show More

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A really fascinating story about the history of design; we get to learn about one of the most innovative graphic design projects in history and then how those motifs were appropriated by protestors an...Show More

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Architectural history, museum history, collecting history and discussions of cultural patrimony all rolled into one great episode about a deeply felt cultural and historical loss.