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Series looking at American art. Waldemar Januszczak looks at America's most controversial cultural territory - the interstitial America of small towns and trailer parks.

This episode looks at America's most controversial cultural territory - the interstitial America of small towns and trailer parks. As his road trip takes him from Iowa to Tennessee, Waldemar Januszczak discovers how this much maligned territory had an immensely beneficial impact on American art. From the small town brilliance of Grant Wood, to the small town alienation of Edward Hopper, to the spooky Dust Bowl symbolism of Alexandre Hogue, interstitial America inspired much that was great. The film culminates in the brilliant assemblages of David Smith, the leading sculptor of abstract expressionism.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 26 Mar 2019 00:55

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    Lou Reed & John Cale

    Smalltown

  • 00:06

    Billy Bragg

    This Land Is Your Land

  • 00:27

    Woody Guthrie

    Dust Can't Kill Me

  • 00:30

    Woody Guthrie

    The Great Dust Storm

  • 00:58

    Simon & Garfunkel

    America

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Waldemar Januszczak
Director Waldemar Januszczak
Composer Simon Russell
Editor Kirsi Pyy
Producer Lidia Ciszewska
Production Manager Victoria Nosovich
Production Company ZCZ Films

Broadcasts

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