Posts tagged Art History
Podcast Interview: The Art History Babes

On this episode, Kat interviews Corrie and Natalie (2/4 of the Art History Babes) about the inspiration behind the Art History Babes podcast, handling criticism, the challenges of starting your own projects, building a community instead of competition and more. 

"The Art History Babes are four lady pals with Masters’ degrees in Art History that love to drink wine and discuss visual culture. The show explores various aspects of art and art history from a largely interdisciplinary perspective. Our primary goal is to make art accessible, promote curiosity, and illuminate how relevant and fun the study of visual culture can be."

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Going The Extra Mile: Career Decisions, Networking and Standing Out From The Crowd With Alicia Puig
Alicia reading  Create! Magazine  in Amsterdam

Alicia reading Create! Magazine in Amsterdam

Alicia Puig is an art historian who has worked for several notable galleries, museums, and nonprofit organizations throughout her career and who is very experienced in marketing for the arts and exhibition development. She was a practicing artist for many years, but after starting her first gallery job managing a small exhibition space for student art, she soon realized that she loved helping young artists put together what was often their first professional quality solo show more than creating her own work. Since then, she has continued to seek out new opportunities for creative professionals like herself and has connected many artists to their next exhibitions, published features, or sales.

On this episode, Alicia Puig shares how she figured out her unique career path in the art world and what helped her make the difficult decision about which one of her passions to pursue.

Alicia has been able to carve out a place for herself in the arts by practicing resilience and handling rejection with grace. She shares tips on how to stick out from the crowd and outsmart your competition when looking for opportunities. This episode also offers effective networking strategies and offers tips for artists on working with galleries.

If you are at a crossroads in your career or are excited about making it as a gallerist, curator or work with major art institutions, this one is for you!

Painting on a photograph by Alicia Puig (discussed in this episode)

Painting on a photograph by Alicia Puig (discussed in this episode)

Paintings Alicia Puig completed during her undergrad at Kutztown University

A. Laura Brody

A. Laura Brody sculpts for the human body and its vehicles. Her sculptures are conceived with a commitment to social justice and are inspired by art history and the spirit of scientific discovery. Her belief that disability should not mean a loss of beauty has lead to “Opulent Mobility”, group exhibits comprised of art, designs, and creations dealing with and reflecting on disability and mobility. The 2015 and 2017 exhibits were co-curated by the disability activist and historian, Anthony Tusler. Brody gave a talk on the exhibits and their creation for the DisArts Symposium last spring, and took part in a panel discussion on the Spectacle of Accessibility at UCLA’s Disability as Spectacle conference.

A. Laura Brody has 30 years of professional costume making, designing, and teaching experience. She’s taught at FIDM and in independent classes. Brody’s re-imagined wheelchairs and walkers were shared by Frances Anderton on NPR and on The Improvised Life. Her professional career and her passion for reuse and sustainability gave her the skills she needed to create these artworks. 

Interview with The Art History Babes

Give us a brief summary of The Art History Babes.  

The Art History Babes are four lady pals with Masters’ degrees in Art History that love to drink wine and discuss visual culture. The show explores various aspects of art and art history from a largely interdisciplinary perspective. Our primary goal is to makeart accessible, promote curiosity, and illuminate how relevant and fun the study of visual culture can be.

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Tell us about the ladies behind this show. How did you meet and decide to work together? 

Corrie, Natalie, Jen, and Ginny met during graduate school. We all attended the University of California, Davis for our M.A. in ArtHistory. One night we were grabbing drinks to decompress from grad school stress. We were a bit tipsy and Ginny told this amazing story about Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Corrie had recently gotten really into listening to podcasts so her first instinct was “We should start a podcast!”. It started a fun side project to help express our love for art in a non-academic setting. The response we got was overwhelmingly supportive and now it’s become our primary focus.

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What are some ways young contemporary artists can become better versed in art history? Give us some tips on where to begin. 

The world of art history is vast. The internet is an amazing resource and we would suggest exploring the history of a theme, idea, or material that you find intriguing. Go to museums any chance you get! You will inevitably find yourself attracted to certain works and artists. Take an art history course if you have the opportunity. And listen to our podcast obvi :)

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What are your team's hobbies and interests outside of making this show? How do you spend your free time? 

We all love to travel and we all enjoy live music.

Natalie is into cooking, running, and learning about health and wellness.

Corrie is a dancer, loves teaching and working with children, and a is self-proclaimed “wonder junkie”.

Ginny loves reading, collecting old records, and making pasta.

Jen loves comic books and likes to paint and draw.

What inspires each episode, how do you come up with the theme?

Really whatever tickles our fancy. While we were in grad school the episodes would often overlap with what we were studying or writing about at the time. We try to address topics that are in the news or currently relevant as often as possible. We also get a ton of listener requests so we do our best to keep up with those.

What are top 10 art history books you think artists should know about?

In no particular order and by no means comprehensive:

“The Brilliant History of Color in Art” by Victoria Finlay

“Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space” by Brian O’Doherty

“Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas” Edited by Charles Townsend Harrison, Paul Wood

 

“Legend, Myth, and Magic in the Image of the Artist: A Historical Experiment” by Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz

“The Subversive Stitch” by Rozsika Parker

“Orientalism” by Edward W. Said

“Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How to Unleash Your Creative Potential by America’s Master Communicator, George Lois”

“The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art” by the Guerrilla Girls

For artist’s seeking insight into the curation process:

“The Curator’s Handbook” by Adrian George

If you’re looking for something more comprehensive, art history survey textbooks by Marilyn Stokstad or Helen Gardner are a good place to start.

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Jaime Aylish Scott

Hi there! My name's Jaime, and I am currently studying for a Digital Animation and VFX degree at AUT in New Zealand. 

This series is called Culture Clash and is focused on the merging of art history and the modern day. I wanted to imagine these famous painters of art history and how they might portray our celebrities and how people from these different time periods would embrace technology, such as cellphones, plastic surgery, social media and selfies. 
 
My passion lies in traditional digital sketching and painting, but to be honest, I like to dabble in a little bit of everything from photography, filming, fashion, and character design to writing, dancing and music. 

If it's creative, I'm probably interested and dabbling in it.

Meggan Joy

Meggan Joy (Trobaugh) is a fine art photographer and digital collage artist who constructs images of ethereal concepts. She breaks down the documentary medium of traditional photography and forces it, instead, to depict the nonmaterial, often fabricating her elegantly surreal subjects from scratch. Her detailed and staged imagery references classic iconography and combines them with the natural sciences, adopting the recognizable techniques and subjects from art history and deliberately contrasting them against our modern ideals and convictions.

Meggan Joy is a self-taught artist currently residing and working in Seattle, Washington. Since emerging as an exhibiting artist in late 2015, her work has been internationally published as well as on display nationwide. In 2017, she was awarded the Bronze for the winning entry Warmth by the Moscow International Foto Awards in Fine Art Collage. She also received an Honorable Mention by the International Photo Awards in 2016. In early 2017, she launched and curated Magnify Seattle an annual art magazine that features the work of her fellow Seattle artists.