What Is the Midwest?
With generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, What Is the Midwest? is a multidisciplinary project comprising digital resources, public programs, and a gallery exhibition on view at the Newberry from September 20 through December 31, 2019. Offering perspectives beyond stereotypes of the Midwest as the nondescript “middle” of the country, the project explores the unique confluence of environmental and human factors that has defined the region and made it distinct.
On view September 20 - December 31, 2019. Often called “the Heartland” or “flyover country,” the Midwest tends to be characterized as a homogeneous, empty space between the American coasts. The exhibition component of our What Is the Midwest? project challenges the assumptions, stereotypes, and persistent narratives about the Midwest through a selection of Newberry collections, including maps, art, promotional ephemera, archival photos and videos, and personal letters and diaries.