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.
Throughout the exhibition run, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Lane Motor Museum are offering reciprocal admission discounts when ticket stubs are presented. Admission to the Frist Center will be half the regular price and Lane Motor Museum offers a $3 discount when ticket stubs are shown at either museum.
Ken Gross, guest curator of Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles, gives an overview of the exhibition.
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.
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.