Jacqueline A. Pollard

Modernisms, Museums, & Mingus

Random Art Shot: Bicycle Wheels

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 12, 2014

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One of Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Fall 2014

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Random Building Shot: Deserted Paper Mill

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 10, 2014

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Abandoned factory, Downingtown, PA 2014

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is currently hosting an exhibit of David Lynch’s work, and that of his colleagues, in the late 1960s. While reading the PAFA page discussing the show, this passage–describing Philadelphia’s influence on Lynch–resonated with my experience: “The industrial ruins, urban decay and strange visual juxtapositions Lynch experienced in the city struck him as beautiful because of, rather than despite the emptiness and horror.”

Truth.

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“Vogue’s Eye-view of the Museum of Modern Art”

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 7, 2014

How I love this cover of Vogue (July 1945). Is she gazing at the work, or is she averting her eyes?

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Model and  Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) 1915-1923

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Mambo for Cats: Cover Art Supreme

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 6, 2014

I’ve never heard of this album, but today I found this koo koo cool album cover on a generic Google search.

Check it out:

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Apparently, Mambo for Cats came out in 1955. The album is a collection of various artists performing “Latinate versions of old standards” such as “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” and “St. Louis Blues” (Wilds). While the album itself appears to be rather “meh” (according to Tony Wilds of AllMusic.com), this cover art–by Jim Flora–is hep, hep, hep. In fact, it’s now my Twitter page’s background.

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More Seasonal Poetry: Hulme & Hopkins

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 5, 2014

Two poems. Two decidedly distinct moods.

I’ve tagged both poems as examples of “modernism.” Hulme’s is an Imagist experiment, and, while it’s true that Hopkins isn’t a proper “modernist” poet, the publication of his works in 1918 had an incredible effect on poets of the age. Proto-modernist?

“Autumn”    ( T.E. Hulme [1909])

A touch of cold in the Autumn night –
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.

“Spring and Fall”     (Gerard Manly Hopkins [pub. 1918])

to a young child

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By & by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep & know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What héart héard of, ghóst guéssed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

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Random Art Shot: Duomo Detail

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 5, 2014

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Il Duomo di Firenze
Summer  2014

(a bit fuzzy, but too beautiful to not share)

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Election Night — John French Sloan

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 5, 2014

Originally posted on Biblioklept:

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#VOTE Tuesday, 11/04 (and here’s a voter lookup tool)

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 4, 2014

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Pound’s _Cantos_: It’s Alive

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 3, 2014

Just sharing this bit of news:

An online project, “dedicated to the study and research of Ezra Pound’s “ Cantos has come alive: here, you’ll find texts of the poem(s) and bibliographies of critical works.  Additionally, the project will include scholarly annotations and supplementary essays. What a marvelous resource!

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Brancusi’s Golden Bird (one of them anyway)

Posted by Jacqueline Pollard on November 2, 2014

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Constantin Brancusi, Bird in Space (1924)
Philadelphia Museum of Art    Fall, 2014

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