Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780935573473 Published November 2009

Heartland

Edited by Charles Esche, Kerstin Niemann, and Stephanie Smith

Heartland
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Edited by Charles Esche, Kerstin Niemann, and Stephanie Smith

Distributed for Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

176 pages | 90 color plates | 8 x 10 1/2
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780935573473 Published November 2009

Throughout the vast interior of the United States, contemporary artists are responding to the world around them and reshaping it in unexpected ways. Published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name that first appeared last year in the Netherlands and will open in fall 2009 at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, Heartland offers an idiosyncratic look at innovative forms of cultural production taking place across the region.

This engaging book is part critical reader, part catalogue. Contributors—including novelist Dave Eggers, scholar Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and journalist Rebecca Solnit—explore the region through topics ranging from art to music to urban farming to political history. An illustrated section introduces over twenty artists featured in Heartland, including both established figures like Kerry James Marshall and exuberant newcomers like the group Whoop Dee Doo. An appendix surveys the lively state of independent and artist-run cultural initiatives from New Orleans to Detroit.

Produced by the Van Abbemuseum and the Smart Museum of Art, Heartland challenges expectations of place and illuminates a diverse assembly of artists who are redefining the cultural terrain of the American heartland.

TimeOut Chicago
"[The catalog] is as rich and expansive as a Midwestern breakfast buffet. Profiles of almost 30 artists and collectives . . . accompany essays about the region by Dave Eggers, Rebecca Solnit and other writers and historians."
Contents

Foreword

Charles Esche and Anthony Hirschel

 

Introduction

Charles Esche, Kerstin Neimann, Stephanie Smith

 

Research Travels

Kerstin Neimann: Encounters in the Heartland: Notes from the Road Trip

with blog entries, travel notes, and photographs from the curatorial team

 

Project Map

 

Essays

John Corbett and Frank Veenstra: Deep in the Heart of American Music

 

Joshua Decter: Art, Urban Rebuilding, Social Justice, and Sustainability: Toward a Case Study of New Orleans

 

Dave Eggers: Illinois

 

Charles Esche: A Grounded America

 

Hasan Kwame Jeffries: From the Black Panthers to Barack Obama: Democratic Politics in the Heartland of America

 

Andria Lisle: Heart of Darkness

 

Hesse McGraw: Mega-Life in the Midwest

 

Stephanie Smith: Making the World You Want to Live In

 

Rebecca Solnit: Detroit Arcadia: Exploring the Post-Industrial American Landscape

 

Matthew Strauss: Your TASTE is our PROBLEM, our TASTE is your PROBLEM:

Seventeen Days in the Provincial Gallery Simulator

 

Dan Wang: Translocal Movement Energy from the Upper Midwest: Michigan and

Minnesota

 

Matt Weiland: The Great Body of the Republic 

Artists

 Independent Cultural Infrastructure

 

Checklist of the Exhibition

For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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