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In 2004, photographer and University of Virginia professor William Wylie — whose work is on permanent exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among other galleries — began taking a series of shots along the stretch of U.S. 36 that runs through Kansas between the Missouri River and Denver, running east-west roughly halfway between Kansas City and Omaha. Those stark black-and-whites, which were later collected in Wylie’s book Route 36, depict towns that were bypassed by the big, multilane interstates of the Eisenhower era — like I-70, which runs parallel in space, but not in time. If you’ve seen the movie Cars, you’ll recognize a bit of Radiator Springs in the Axtells and Phillipsburgs of semi-rural Kansas — beautiful, dilapidated landscapes that seem frozen in an almost-tangible past — and Wylie’s shots of boarded-up Main Streets and farm houses project the spooky grace of a Hopper painting.
— Steve Haruch


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