After my recent acceptance as a transfer student to UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) I was constantly bombarded with the heavy weighing question, “Why Art History?” By that, almost everyone means something along the lines of: what that major entails and what’s the future in it. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how to answer either of those. All I can think to respond with is, “It’s what I love to study, so I will pursue something I’m passionate about and let the rest unfold.” Then it hit me, most people aren’t as interested in this topic as I am because they haven’t been fully exposed to the beauty and power of art. Sure we see the day to day references, but do we actually recognize them as artistic icons? What’s the underlying message behind those screen printed Marilyn Monroes? What is it about the Mona Lisa’s smile? Not to mention the iconography and cultural patterns in art that we see everywhere! We associate different textiles with different cultures and certain artists with certain time frames, but do we fully understand and appreciate what it means? I’m setting out to share my knowledge and question what I come across as I further my studies in Art History. I want to open discussions and share research. Follow me as I begin my journey through the art world. I will highlight artist, eras, pieces, and practices. Let’s ponder, appreciate, dissect, theorize, and overall explore the past as we look through the books and beyond the surface of Art History.