Start Your Engines!  Cars and Stars of the Indy 500
Apr
14
to Oct 8

Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500

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 1914 Duesenberg driven by Eddie Rickenbacker. Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

1914 Duesenberg driven by Eddie Rickenbacker. Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

The crown jewel of American motorsports is coming to Heritage Museums & Gardens! Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500 will be opening on April 14, 2018 with some of the most renowned cars from this high-octane event.

Since 1911, the Indy 500—a 200-lap, 500-mile endurance race—has captivated fans and created race car legends. Twenty iconic Indy 500 race and pace cars will be on display— from the 1914 Duesenberg driven by Eddie Rickenbacker to the 2016 NAPA winner driven by Alexander Rossi. The exhibit captures all the excitement of the Indy 500, with photos and videos from the races, race equipment worn by the winners, memorabilia, and the sights and sounds of the race. Visitors even have the chance to sit in a real Indy racer as well as enjoy a number of programs and events related to the exhibit.

Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500 will be located in the Automobile Gallery, which is a reproduction of the Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village.

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The Shape of Speed
Jun
16
to Sep 16

The Shape of Speed

A special exhibition debuting at the Portland Museum of Art in Summer 2018. Featuring 18 rare streamlined automobiles and motorcycles, The Shape of Speed, guest curated by author Ken Gross, opens June 16 and will be on view through September 16, 2018.

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Art of the Automobile: 2018 Spring Expo
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Art of the Automobile: 2018 Spring Expo

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Art of the Automobile returns to City Hall Plaza Saturday April 28th from 12PM to 5 PM.

Art of the Automobile is proud to be an Artweek Massachusetts event. We are a unique educational motorsport event, showcased in the City of Boston that allows participants from Automotive collectors and enthusiasts of all levels to join in putting on a display for the general public. This spring's event benefactor, the Martin Richard Foundation(TeamMR8.org), allows our Automotive community to 'foster greater togetherness, compassion, peace and kindness in our communities through activities that build bridges and bring people together'.

Spectating is free, but if you want to display a vehicle on the plaza, you will need to make a donation to the Martin Richard Foundation. The field is open to cars of any particular interest and is limited to the first 100 (includes lunch and cocktails for participants).

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Cars at the Capital
Mar
30
to Apr 2

Cars at the Capital

 Casey Maxon | Historic Vehicle Association

Casey Maxon | Historic Vehicle Association

An exhibition of five historically significant automotive treasures will take place in the Nation’s Capital starting this month.  The Historic Vehicle Association’s (HVA) annual Cars at the Capital has been expanded in 2018 and will take place March 30 through April 30.  A total of five vehicles will be displayed during the month-long one-of-a-kind exhibition in the HVA’s lighted glass display case.  Located on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art, the exhibition is free to the public.  Vehicle display schedule is as follows:

March 30 - April 2: 1985 Modena Design & Development Spyder – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off “Ferrari.”  The twenty-second vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register is one of three replica Ferrari vehicles built in 1985 by Modena Design and Development, specifically for use in the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  (1986) movie.

April 3 - 9: 1927 Ford Model T Touring – Fifteen-Millionth Ford.  The twenty-third vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register is on loan from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. Marking the symbolic end of Model T production after 19 years, the fifteen-millionth Model T was driven out of Michigan’s Highland Park Ford Plant by father and son, Edsel and Henry Ford, in May 1927.

April 10 - 16: 1984 Plymouth Voyager – The First Chrysler Minivan.  The twenty-fourth vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register is on loan from FCA North America LLC in Detroit, MI.  This first-production Chrysler mini-van, pioneered under the direction of Lee Iacocca, was launched at a press conference in November 1983 and established a disruptive movement in redefining automotive versatility.

April 17 - 23: 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback –  Bullitt – ‘559.  The twenty-first vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register was announced in January 2018.  Emerging after decades, the suspicions of whether this iconic vehicle existed were laid to rest at the North American International Auto Show. Piloted by Steve McQueen in Bullitt (1968), the Mustang Fastback has been owned by the Kiernan family since Bob Kiernan purchased it through a Road & Track ad in 1974. To this day, “Bullitt” maintains much of the original modifications from its days of filming on the streets of San Francisco.

April 24 - 30: 1918 Cadillac Type 57 – U.S. 1257X.  The fourth vehicle previously announced on the National Historic Vehicle Register is a remarkable example of preservation. The Type 57 seven-passenger touring car arrived in in Europe before the American Expeditionary Force under the leadership of General John J. Pershing. It was used to transport soldiers and officers, then was used by Eleanor Butler Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., during her two-month mission to find and create leave locations for soldiers.

Two additional events during the exhibition not to be missed are:

April 17: Tuesday, April 17 marks “National Mustang Day.”  In celebration, join the HVA, supporting partners, and numerous dignitaries by the glass display case starting at 9:00 a.m. Hear from the owner of the 1968 “Bullitt” Mustang, Sean Kiernan, about his personal journey through a father/son project destined to be finished alone.  Also, hear from Mark Gessler, President of the HVA about the importance of documenting our national automotive heritage; and come out and experience The Drive with Alan Taylor, an award-winning radio and TV host. Brought to our Nation’s Capital and presented by Shell, Alan Taylor puts you in the driver’s seat for a unique, fast paced look at today’s automotive industry.

“Shell is excited to once again work with the HVA in presenting this line-up of extraordinary examples of our automotive heritage,” said Mark Henry, North America Marketing Manager, Shell Lubricants. “The cultural impact of these automobiles cannot be understated and we’re proud of the role Shell played in helping shape this truly unique American cultural experience.”

April 21: On Saturday, April 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the HVA will host “Cars at the Capital & Coffee.” This exclusive event will have all five vehicles on display together for just two hours – the only time this will take place during the length of the exhibit! This event is weather permitting. Please note, while we are excited to have you cruise to D.C. in your classic, you will not be permitted to bring your personal vehicles onto the grounds of the National Mall where the exhibition is taking place. Parking around the National Mall is quite limited so if you do plan to bring your personal automotive treasure, please plan accordingly.

Through this annual exhibition, the HVA shares the rich history and the importance of our automotive past. “The vehicle has made an indelible mark in shaping our history through decades of innovation, design and engineering and we are pleased to share this one-of-a-kind exhibition on the National Mall,” said Mark Gessler, President of the HVA.

The HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America’s automotive heritage.  In 2014, the HVA established the National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs and Library of Congress to document historically significant automobiles in America’s past.  The HVA is supported by over 400,000 individual historic vehicle owners, key stakeholders, corporations and benefactors. Please visit: historicvehicle.org

About Shell Lubricants

The term ‘Shell Lubricants’ collectively refers to the companies of Royal Dutch Shell plc that are engaged in the lubricants business. Shell Lubricants companies lead the lubricants industry, supplying more than 11 percent of global lubricants volume.* The companies manufacture and blend products for use in consumer, heavy industrial and commercial transport applications. The Shell Lubricants portfolio of top-quality brands includes Pennzoil®, Quaker State®, FormulaShell®, Shell TELLUS®, Shell RIMULA®, Shell ROTELLA® T, Shell SPIRAX® and Jiffy Lube®. http://www.shell.com/

*Kline & Company, “Global Lubricants Industry November 2017: Market Analysis and Assessment.” BULLITT and all related characters and elements © and ™ Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. (s18)

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Season of Travel : The Open Road
Jan
26
to Apr 22

Season of Travel : The Open Road

 Kurland Claire | Milwaukee Art Museum

Kurland Claire | Milwaukee Art Museum

The journeys of eighteen photographers, for whom the American road was muse, are tracked in The Open Road. Shown in chronological order, from the 1950s to today, the photographs featured show America’s changing landscape from its highways and byways; they show the evolution of American car culture and reflect the artists’ explorations of place, time, and self. Highlights include Robert Frank’s black-and-white photographs from his 1955 road trip; seminal color work from William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld; and series from contemporary photographers Alec Soth and Swiss artist duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs.

The Open Road is the first exhibition to consider the American photographic road trip as a genre in and of itself. Part of the season of travel at the Museum.

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Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars
Jan
19
to Apr 22

Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars

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Tom Van Eynde | Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars, a major reexamination of a seminal figure of post-World War II American art through his racing-themed artwork. Featuring work produced over a roughly thirty-year period, from the 1960s into the ‘90s, CAM’s exhibition will be the first to focus on Scarpitta’s life-long obsession with racing, providing new and significant perspectives on the artist’s contributions to Pop and performance art. Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars will be on view January 19 through April 22, 2018.

Scarpitta was represented by the Leo Castelli Gallery during a historic turn in American art from the Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s to the cool sensibilities of Pop Art in the 1960s. Among Castelli artists such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, Scarpitta was central to a burgeoning art movement that became emblematic of visual culture into the present day.

Born in Brooklyn to immigrant parents, Scarpitta’s formative years were spent in southern California, where his family moved when he was still an infant. As an adolescent he frequented dirt-track racing speedways, where he absorbed his early racing knowledge from such legends as Frank Lockhart, Ernie Triplett, and Wilbur Shaw—all future Indianapolis 500 champions. Following high school, Scarpitta traveled to Sicily, his father’s ancestral home, in 1936. He remained in Italy over the next two decades, studying art in Rome and experiencing his first success as an artist. During the war years he was part of the Italian resistance, eventually enlisting in the U.S. Navy and becoming a member of the branch of service that sought out and retrieved art pilfered by the Nazis.

 Tom Van Eynde | Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Tom Van Eynde | Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

After the war, Scarpitta returned to art-making. He became known for his determination to break the boundaries of painting, especially in his series of bandaged canvases, symbolic of the post-war period of recovery and healing in Europe. In 1958, the artist was approached by Leo Castelli and encouraged to return to the U.S. Scarpitta embraced a new freedom in the American arts landscape, and eventually found his way back to his early obsession, race cars.

CAM’s exhibition chronicles Scarpitta’s “Stop fooling around ... build a race car!” epiphany and follows its remarkable trajectory. Scarpitta’s return to his childhood fascination aligns with the rise of the automobile, both as commodity and icon, in post-war America. But unlike many of his contemporaries, Scarpitta treats this exemplar of popular culture without irony. His racing-inspired creations are full of soul, wonder, and humor. His artistic exploration in object making leads to the dramatic expansion of his art practice into performance art. Scarpitta became a Sprint Cup team owner, with drivers and pit crew, racing his creations on dirt tracks in Maryland and Pennsylvania. CAM will exhibit five of Scarpitta’s cars, including his Sprint Cup champion racer, No. 59, embossed with “Castelli Art” on its side.

The CAM exhibition includes works on paper, collage, sculpture, video, and installation, many from private collections in Italy and never-before seen in the U.S. Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars provides a critical reassessment of an American original, re-establishing the artist as a major participant to a watershed moment in twentieth-century art.

Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director. The exhibition is generously supported by Joan and Mitchell Markow. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis offers special thanks and gratitude to Stella Scarpitta Cartaino.

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