Join Shan and Jaybee as they explore the history of museums and the things we put in them. With a certain amount of irreverence and an ear for the absurd, open up the curio cabinet and see what treasures there are to be laughed at.
Using an object from the German Historical Museum as a starting point, Shan and Jaybee explore the history of PPE through the lens of the Plague Doctor. Was the bird-like figure as prevalent as we have been led to believe? And when was the outfit created, and by whom? And were plague doctors actually bird-people hiding in our midst? The answers to all these questions and more await!
Sources at end of the episode.
011 - The House on the Rock
A special guest host and a physical manifestation of an acid trip, we cover the famous roadside attraction The House on the Rock, this time on Curio! Shan loves the place - and it turns out, so does famed museum consultant Beverly Serrell! There's a lot to learn from this mish mash of objects, architecture, and art, and things get pretty... theoretical.
Oh, also, American Gods references, obviously. Neil Gaiman has a heck of a take.
010 - The Skylight Caper
Another heist episode babyyyy! On Labour Day Weekend 1972, three thieves made off with 2 million dollars worth of art and jewelry from the Montreal Museum of Fine Art in Canada's largest art heist - and it's never been solved. Shan walks Jaybee through the case, digging into the research of Catherine Schofield Sezgin to lay out the known facts of The Skylight Caper! True crime in museums? Dreamy.
Learn more on Ms. Sezgin's blog here http://unsolved-1972-theft-montreal.blogspot.ca/
Or in her article for the Journal of Art Crime, Fall 2010 issue, here (pdf):
009 - Arsenic and Old Paint
How many poisons are there lurking in museums? A lot. But mostly it's arsenic. From taxidermy to cosmetics, arsenic is everywhere! But the most striking examples are the beautiful pigments and dyes made from arsenic. This week on Curio, Shan informs Jaybee of the deadly dresses, sinister wallpapers, and killer books that hide in museum collections. And the Milkshake Murder. And William Morris! Be careful when handling old green stuff: turns out a lot of it can kill you.
008 - Fern Fever
Pteridomania: an excessive love of ferns.
This week Shan walks Jaybee through the crazy chain of events, from a guy named Ward just trying to watch a moth emerge from a pupa, through the breaking of monopolies, the first female photographer, the near-extinction and creation of species of fern, definition of the aesthetic of an era, which led to our modern biodiverse botanical gardens! Because botanical gardens are museums, too. Expect adventure, romance, crime, and ferns. So, so many ferns.
007 - The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health
About half the population menstruates. Is it weird that the museum about menstruation is run by someone who doesn't? Maybe! But we think he does a good job of it. Jaybee is maybe a bit uncomfortable but like a true ally he sticks it out and has a laugh at Shan's coming of age stories about ... periods. And rants about Gwenyth Paltrow.
Check out the museum website here:
Then consider donating to Period Equity to help normalise menstruation!
Shan and Jaybee’s chemistry and hilariousness is so great! Love listening! Keep them coming!