Abbi Jacobson’s hilarious Broad City character (named Abbi) is a perpetually struggling artist in New York City. And that’s not something she just made up for the show. Jacobson studied art before getting into comedy and acting – background she gives us in the first episode of her new podcast A Piece of Work, produced by MoMA and WNYC Studios.
I first heard of the podcast as a promotion by another one podcast I listen to (I’m a bit of a junkie) and immediately knew I had to listen. I love Abbi. I love Broad City. I love art. I’ve even been to MoMA and felt like, while I loved what I was looking at, I wasn’t sure I got it. This had to be for me. And it was. In fact, I think it’s for everyone – connoisseurs and noobs alike.
MoMA has given her access to not only explore the museum, but speak one-on-one with curators, restorers, and other staff for a behind-the-scenes peek. Plus she brings friends like comedian Hannibal Buress, choreographer Mark Morris, and RuPaul. Each episode, she picks themes of modern art that most of us might think we can’t understand or find scary, and she makes them feel approachable in a way I haven’t felt about modern art before. I now feel totally comfortable getting lost in Yves Klein’s Blue Monochrome (I bought a print for my desk). And it’s fine to not know exactly how I’m supposed to feel when I look at a Jackson Pollock.
She’s funny, smart, humble, and inquisitive in just the right way. And with two episodes per week, I never have to wait too long for the next one. There’s a catch, though. It’s only a 10-episode series. But I’m thinking maybe I can convince her to come out to San Francisco and do a second season with SFMOMA. I need my art fix!
What’s your favorite art podcast? Leave it in the comments so I can add it to my queue.