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Abbi Jacobson’s New Podcast Will Make You Feel Less Stupid About Modern Art (MICA)

Fast Company

July 12, 2017


The “Broad City” star’s first podcast “A Piece of Work” demystifies the most iconic artwork in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.

No matter how much you tilt your head to the side and recite whatever scraps of facts you remember from art history 101, admit it: You have no idea what’s going on with that artwork you’ve been gawking at for 20 minutes.

But Abbi Jacobson wants you to know that’s perfectly fine.

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and WNYC Studios have teamed up with the Broad City star for A Piece of Work, a podcast where Jacobson explores various themes in iconic works of art in the MoMA with a rotating cast of celebrity guests including Tavi Gevinson, RuPaul, and Questlove, as well as curators and educators–all with the intention of making modern art less intimidating.

“Sometimes it can feel inaccessible and it can feel pretentious and it can make you feel like you don’t know and you will never know–and I think that that’s ok, but people don’t talk about it,” Jacobson says. “So it was exciting to approach it from that idea of, it’s ok to not know everything. But also to recognize that there’s a lot of really important things being expressed through art that are worth learning about–and that there are very drastic different ways of looking at art.”

Although Jacobson is loath to admit any sort of expertise in this area, she’s not necessarily swooping in completely blind. Before getting into comedy and acting, Jacobson studied fine arts at Maryland Institute College of Art.