The current Heartland show at the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art is fantastic. It includes projects by the Radical Midwest Culture Corridor, Design 99 (Detroit), The Miss Rockaway Armada, Simparch with Chris Vorhees, Tree of Heaven Woodshop (Detroit), Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi (Chicago), Whoop Dee Doo (St. Louis), as well as essays by Rebecca Solnit, Dan S. Wang, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Andrea Lisle, Matthew Strauss, Dave Eggers, and others.
One thing I found interesting about the show was the curators' definition of "heartland." Personally my concept of the "American heartland" is more about the Midwest, but the curators have a different definition.
The Heartland publication is informative and well-produced. You can find out more about it by visiting the Smart Museum website, and the e-book version can be downloaded for free if you click here.