Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
June 14-September 15, 2013
Automobiles and motorcycles from the 1930s and 1940s will be on display inside the Frist Center for the Visual Arts this summer in Music City. Influenced by the Art Deco movement that came to rise in the 1920s, automakers began creating automobiles that boasted a sleek elegance and sense of luxury in design. These shapely ornamental autos are still reveled at today.
Packages are now available!
Sensuous Steel Exhibit Package
Includes accommodations of your choice (from those available), admission to the Sensuous Steel exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with a special Frist memento and admission to Lane Motor Museum. Book the Sensuous Steel Package today!
Included in the exhibit:
1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet, the first US front-drive luxury car. It was painted in a burnt orange color by former owner, Frank Lloyd Wright.
1934 Pierce-Arrow Sliver Arrow Sedan, originally built for the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition. Only five were made and only three survive today.
1937 Delahaye 135 MS Roadster by Figoni and Falaschi, created for the 1937 Paris Auto Show, features a roll-down disappearing wind screen and leather interior by Hermès.
Special events will occur in conjunction with this exhibit, including:
Sensuous Steel Film Series in the Frist Center Auditorium (all films begin at 7pm)
The Great Gatsby - Friday, June 7
Speedy - Friday, July 19
Hot Rod - Friday, August 16
Curator's Perspective: "Behind the Headlights"
Presented by Ken Gross, guest curator
Friday, June 14 at 6:30pm in the Frist Center Auditorium
Ken Gross, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, shares fascinating stories behind the stunning automobiles in this exhibit. Learn about the designers, creators, and owners.
Presented by Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Thursday, June 20 at 12pm
Mark Scala leads a tour to reveal links between Art Deco automotive design and architecture, fashion, and design, while discussing the popularity of this style.
More events will be announced closer to the exhibit. Stay tuned.
The automobiles in this exhibit are from some of the most renowned collectors and collections in the world. The Frist Center's historic Art Deco building is a perfect setting for these classic cars.
For more information on Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles, visit fristcenter.org.