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THE DEMOCRATIC SURROUND: MULTIMEDIA & AMERICAN LIBERALISM FROM WORLD WAR II TO THE PSYCHEDELIC SIXTIES. Fred Turner. University of Chicago Press, 2013. 374 pp. with 38 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-22419 ISBN 9780226817460 In English.
Publisher's description: Turner rewrites the history of postwar America, showing how in the 1940s and '50s American liberalism offered a far more radical social vision than we now remember. Turner tracks the influential mid-century entwining of Bauhaus aesthetics with American social science and psychology. From the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the New Bauhaus in Chicago and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, Turner shows how some of the most well-known artists and intellectuals of the forties developed new models of media, new theories of interpersonal and international collaboration, and new visions of an open, tolerant, and democratic self in direct contrast to the repression and conformity associated with the fascist and communist movements. He then shows how their work shaped some of the most significant media events of the Cold War, including Edward Steichen's Family of Man exhibition, the multimedia performances of John Cage, and, ultimately, the psychedelic Be-Ins of the sixties. Turner demonstrates that by the end of the 1950s this vision of the democratic self and the media built to promote it would actually become part of the mainstream, even shaping American propaganda efforts in Europe.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155207
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