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Author Blackmore, Lisa, author

Title Spectacular modernity : dictatorship, space, and visuality in Venezuela, 1948-1958 / Lisa Blackmore
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 268 pages) : illustrations
Series Illuminations : cultural formations of the Americas series
Illuminations (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Contents Introduction: Rethinking the Politics and Aesthetics of Modernity -- Part I. Official Libretto -- Telling Stories : The Historiographical Foundations of Military Rule -- Ruling Ideology : Radical Transformations of Space and Body -- Part II. Setting the Scene -- Nation Branding : From Covert Propaganda to Corporate Publicity -- Spectacular Visuality : Enframing the Landscape, Training the Gaze -- Exhibiting Modernity : Cultures of Display and the Dictator's Visionary Gaze -- Part III. Performing Progress -- Subjects on Stage : Organized Walking in Scripted Spaces -- Bringing Progress Home : Modern Mythologies in Daily Life -- Epilogue: Specters of Spectacle
Summary "An analysis of how a decade of military rule in Venezuela produced a dominant ideology of progress so meticulously crafted that to this day audacious Modernist art and architecture and dictatorship are conflated under the term 'modernity'"-- Provided by publisher
"In cultural history, the 1950s in Venezuela are commonly celebrated as a golden age of modernity, realized by a booming oil economy, dazzling modernist architecture, and nationwide modernization projects. But this is only half the story. In this path-breaking study, Lisa Blackmore reframes the concept of modernity as a complex cultural formation in which modern aesthetics became deeply entangled with authoritarian politics. Drawing on extensive archival research and presenting a wealth of previously unpublished visual materials, Blackmore revisits the decade-long dictatorship to unearth the spectacles of progress that offset repression and censorship. Analyses of a wide range of case studies--from housing projects to agricultural colonies, urban monuments to official exhibitions, and carnival processions to consumerculture--reveal the manifold apparatuses that mythologized visionary leadership, advocated technocratic development, and presented military rule as the only route to progress. Offering a sharp corrective to depoliticized accounts of the period, Spectacular Modernity instead exposes how Venezuelans were promised a radically transformed landscape in exchange for their democratic freedoms"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Architecture -- Political aspects -- Venezuela -- History -- 20th century.
Art -- Political aspects -- Venezuela -- History -- 20th century.
Dictatorship -- Social aspects -- Venezuela -- History -- 20th century.
Military government -- Social aspects -- Venezuela -- History -- 20th century.
Modernism (Aesthetics) -- Political aspects -- Venezuela -- History -- 20th century.
Social change -- Venezuela -- History -- 20th century.
Spectacular, The -- Political aspects -- Venezuela -- History -- 20th century.
Venezuela -- Cultural policy.
Venezuela -- Politics and government -- 1935-1958.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822982366 (electronic bk.)
9780822982364 (electronic bk.)
(paperback : acid-free paper)
(paperback : acid-free paper)