Barnstorming the Prairies: How Aerial Vision Shaped the by Jason Weems

By Jason Weems

To Midwesterners tucked into small cities or farms early within the 20th century, the panorama of the yank heartland reached the horizon—and then mind's eye needed to supply what lay past. but if aviation took off and scenes of the Midwest have been not earthbound, the Midwestern panorama used to be reworked and with it, Jason Weems indicates during this e-book, the very inspiration of the Midwest itself.

Barnstorming the Prairies offers a wide ranging vista of the transformative nature and tool of the aerial imaginative and prescient that remade the Midwest within the wake of the plane. This new standpoint from above enabled american citizens to conceptualize the quarter as whatever except remoted and unchanging, and to determine it as a substitute as a dynamic area the place humans labored to harmonize the center traditions of America’s agrarian personality with the extra summary kinds of twentieth-century modernity. within the maps and aerial survey images of the Midwest, in addition to the portray, cinema, animation, and suburban landscapes that arose via flight, Weems additionally reveals a distinct and provocative view of modernity within the making. In representations of the Midwest, from furnish Wood’s iconic photographs to the Prairie variety of Frank Lloyd Wright to the layout of greenbelt suburbs, Weems unearths aerial vision’s primary contribution to neighborhood identity—to Midwesternness as we comprehend it.

Reading relatively throughout those photographs, Weems explores how the cognitive and perceptual practices of aerial imaginative and prescient helped to resymbolize the Midwestern panorama amid the technological switch and social uncertainty of the early 20th century.

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