The Pointless Century

S1E8 - Gustave Moreau vs. Cy Twombly

Anna describes 19th century brushstrokes; Rachel gets angry at ten paintings; and Frank tells a story that takes 140 years; we all puzzle over these things people use to decorate museum walls and welcome Madalyn, our new editor and occasional pronunciation coach.

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Episode Notes

Episode 8: Gustave Moreau vs. Cy Twombly

In our season finale, Anna describes 19th century brushstrokes; Rachel gets angry at ten paintings; and Frank tells a story that takes 140 years; we all puzzle over these things people use to decorate museum walls and welcome Madalyn, our new editor and occasional pronunciation coach. Future episodes should be released on a more consistent, bi-weekly basis. BTW our Patreon still exists!

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The Pointless Crew: Anna Wendorff (she/her/hers) – Communications, Rhetorics of Sci & Tech, Feminism // Rachel Hamele (she/her/hers) – History, Humanities, Queer Studies, Fandoms // Frank Fucile (he/him/his) – Lit & Theory, Film & Media, Genre, Enviro & Tech Studies // Madalyn McCabe (she/her/hers) – Sound Editing, French, European Studies

ART LINKS: Gustave Moreau, Helen at the Scaean Gate. Oil on canvas, c. 1885. Gustave Moreau Museum, Paris. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helene_a_la_porte_scee_-gustave_moreau-_2.jpg

Gustave Moreau, Helen on the Walls of Troy. Watercolor, c. 1885. https://www.wikiart.org/en/gustave-moreau/helen-on-the-walls-of-troy

Cy Twombly, Fifty Days at Iliam. Oil, pencil, and wax crayon on canvas, 1977-78. Philadelphia Museum of Art. https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/85709.html?mulR=448111926|1

Cy Twombly, Nine Discourses on Commodus. Oil, pencil, and wax crayon on canvas, 1963. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. https://www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus/en/the-collection/works/nine-discourses-on-commodus

REFERENCES:

Di Via, Richard. “Is Man, by Nature, a Violent Being? (A Philosophical Look at Cy Twombly’s 50 Days at Iliam).” The Art of Seeing—Explore Works from Philadelphia’s Museum of Art, posted by Meighan Maley, 11 Aug. 2019. https://meighanmaley.com/2019/08/11/is-man-by-nature-a-violent-being-a-philosophical-look-at-cy-twomblys-50-days-of-iliam/

Jones, Jonathan. “Cy Twombly Review – Blood-Soaked Coronation for a Misunderstood Master,” The Guardian, 30 Nov. 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/30/cy-twombly-review-centre-pompidou-paris

Mercer, Kevin. “The Most Important Paintings I’ve ever Seen.” 17 Sept. 2014. http://www.thelargemammal.com/blog/2014/9/17/the-most-important-paintings-ive-ever-seen

MUSIC: The (International) Noise Conspiracy – “Last Century Promise” from New Morning…Changing Weather (Burning Heart/Epitaph, 2001)

Refused – “Elektra” from Freedom (Epitaph, 2015)

Sonic Youth – “Shaking Hell” from Kill Yr Idols (Zensor, 1983)

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The Pointless Century is a podcast of informal discussions about literature and film seeking to understand 20th century history and illuminate 21st century politics. Professor Frank Fucile and research assistants Anna Wendorff and Rachel Hamele work their way through comparative studies of canonical works, examples from pop culture, and some cult classics while reflecting on subjects like technology, art, class, race, gender, sexuality, the environment, (as always) war, and (inevitably) fascism.