Inspired by the Frist Center’s historic Art Deco building, Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles will feature spectacular automobiles and motorcycles that exemplify the classic elegance, luxurious materials and iconography of motion characterizing vehicles influenced by the Art Deco style. Fascination with automobiles transcends age, gender and environment. While today automotive manufacturers often strive for economy and efficiency, there was a time when elegance reigned. Influenced by the Art Deco movement that began in Paris in the early 1920s and propelled to prominence in 1927 with the success of the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, automakers embraced the sleek new streamlined forms and aircraft-inspired materials, creating memorable automobiles that still thrill all who see them. The exhibition will feature 18 automobiles and three motorcycles from some of the most important collectors and collections in the United States. Sensuous Steel is organized for the Frist Center by guest curator Ken Gross, a noted authority on automobiles who is the former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
June 14, 2013 - September 15, 2013
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