Artcurious with Jennifer Dasal


A fascinating and delightfully offbeat look at the untold stories of the art stories world, from the creator and host of the popular Artcurious podcast. 


Join us Thursday, July 8th for a Zoom event with Jennifer Dasal! She'll be discussing zany art history with artist Carolyn Janssen. 


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About the book: 

We're all familiar with the works of Claude Monet, thanks in no small part to the ubiquitous reproductions of his water lilies on umbrellas, handbags, scarves, and dorm-room posters. But did you also know that Monet and his cohort were trailblazing rebels whose works were originally deemed unbelievably ugly and vulgar? And while you probably know the tale of Vincent van Gogh's suicide, you may not be aware that there's pretty compelling evidence that the artist didn't die by his own hand but was accidentally killed--or even murdered. Or how about the fact that one of Andy Warhol's most enduring legacies involves Caroline Kennedy's moldy birthday cake and a collection of toenail clippings?

ArtCurious is a colorful look at the world of art history, revealing some of the strangest, funniest, and most fascinating stories behind the world's great artists and masterpieces. Through these and other incredible, weird, and wonderful tales, ArtCurious presents an engaging look at why art history is, and continues to be, a riveting and relevant world to explore.

About our guests: 

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 PhD coursework in art history at Pennsylvania State University. She lectures frequently on art both locally and nationally.

Carolyn Janssen is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator, whose work has exhibited in solo shows at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York and Quinto del Sordo in Madrid. She has participated in residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Intercambiador Madrid and Kala Art Institute. Janssen has completed commissions for the North Carolina Museum of Art's permanent collection and the San Francisco Arts Commission, contributed to the Spring/Break Art Fair and Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam, and participated in group exhibitions at the Minnesota Street Gallery, the Contemporary Art Museum: Raleigh and Essex Flowers. Her work has been featured in Beautiful/Decay, Womanzine and In-the-InBetween Journal. Janssen received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of North Carolina.




Event date: 
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143134596
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 15th, 2020

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