Artcurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History is a wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you've never seen it before, from the host of the beloved ArtCurious podcast, Jennifer Dasal. The tales—told in Dasal’s signature charming and accessible style—range from the weird (Andy Warhol collected toenail clippings) to the dark (a British painter might have been Jack the Ripper) to the quietly fascinating (Norman Rockwell might be best known for schmaltzy Saturday Evening Post covers, but he also painted significant works addressing race and social justice). If the words ‘art history’ make you think of sitting in a dark windowless room watching slide after slide of beheaded Greek statues, Artcurious is here to make you think again. Captivating, amusing, and remarkably educational, this book is for art lovers, experts, and novices alike – proof that art is far from boring, and instead teeming with the unseen, the odd, the funny, and the mysterious.
Jennifer Dasal is the curator of modern and contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the host of the independent podcast ArtCurious, which she started in 2016 and which was named one of the best podcasts by O, The Oprah Magazine and PC Magazine. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in art history from the University of California, Davis. She has also completed Ph.D. coursework in art history at Pennsylvania State University. She lectures frequently on art both locally and nationally.