Barnstorming the prairies : how aerial vision shaped the Midwest (eBook, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
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Barnstorming the prairies : how aerial vision shaped the Midwest

Author: Jason Weems
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To Midwesterners tucked into small towns or farms early in the twentieth century, the landscape of the American heartland reached the horizon--and then imagination had to provide what lay beyond. But when aviation took off and scenes of the Midwest were no longer earthbound, the Midwestern landscape was transformed and with it, Jason Weems suggests in this book, the very idea of the Midwest itself. Barnstorming the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic book
Electronic books
Aerial photographs
Art
History
In art
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Weems, Jason.
Barnstorming the prairies
(DLC) 2015032473
(OCoLC)907651177
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jason Weems
ISBN: 9781452944906 1452944903 9781452953533 1452953538
OCLC Number: 933611464
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: Aeriality and Midwesternness --
1. Pioneering Visions : The Midwestern Grid, the Atlas, and an Aerial Imagination --
2. Managerial Mosaics : New Deal Aerial Photography and the Marshaling of Rural America --
3. Adaptive Aeriality : Grant Wood, the Regional Landscape, and Modernity --
4. Jeffersonian Urbanism : Frank Lloyd Wright, Aerial Pattern, and the Broadacre City --
Conclusion: Over the Rainbow.
Responsibility: Jason Weems.

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"To Midwesterners tucked into small towns or farms early in the twentieth century, the landscape of the American heartland reached the horizon--and then imagination had to provide what lay beyond. But when aviation took off and scenes of the Midwest were no longer earthbound, the Midwestern landscape was transformed and with it, Jason Weems suggests in this book, the very idea of the Midwest itself. Barnstorming the Prairies offers a panoramic vista of the transformative nature and power of the aerial vision that remade the Midwest in the wake of the airplane. This new perspective from above enabled Americans to conceptualize the region as something other than isolated and unchanging, and to see it instead as a dynamic space where people worked to harmonize the core traditions of America's agrarian character with the more abstract forms of twentieth-century modernity. In the maps and aerial survey photography of the Midwest, as well as the painting, cinema, animation, and suburban landscapes that arose through flight, Weems also finds a different and provocative view of modernity in the making. In representations of the Midwest, from Grant Wood's iconic images to the Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright to the design of greenbelt suburbs, Weems reveals aerial vision's fundamental contribution to regional identity--to Midwesternness as we understand it. Reading comparatively across these images, Weems explores how the cognitive and perceptual practices of aerial vision helped to resymbolize the Midwestern landscape amid the technological change and social uncertainty of the early twentieth century"--

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"Barnstorming the Prairies deepens our understanding of the Midwest and attitudes toward it in the twentieth century. It is original, authoritative, and an engaging read."-Joni Kinsey, University of Read more...

 
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