“Dream Cars” Exhibition Extended Through Sept. 14
Atlanta, Aug. 18, 2014 – Due to popular demand, the High Museum of Art will extend the highly acclaimed exhibition “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” for one week through Sunday, Sept. 14. The exhibition was originally scheduled to close Sept. 7.
“We are so pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response from our guests to this unique exhibition,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. director of the High Museum of Art. “‘Dream Cars’ has given us the opportunity to expand and inspire our audience, and our hope is that anyone who has not yet joined us for the exhibition will have the chance to visit before it leaves Atlanta.”
“Dream Cars” brings together some of the rarest, most imaginative concept cars from across Europe and the U.S. by such automakers as Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche. The exhibition features conceptual drawings and scale models along with realized cars, demonstrating how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.
Concept cars are a way for automakers, coachbuilders and independent designers to showcase and demonstrate innovative and progressive designs. Most concept cars are never intended for series production and are created as a way to explore ideas through styling and design aesthetics, as well as experiment with new technology.
Highlights of “Dream Cars” include:
- Paul Arzens’ “L’Oeuf électrique” (1942), an electric bubble car designed by Arzens for his personal use in Paris during the German occupation, which has never before traveled to the U.S.
- William Stout’s “Scarab” (1936), the genesis of the contemporary minivan.
- Christopher Bangle’s BMW “GINA Light Visionary Model” (2001), featuring an exterior made of fabric.
- A full-scale (6 x 20 foot) rendering of a concept car by Carl Renner (1951).
Prior to the exhibition closing, the Museum will be open on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The High will also host two “Hoods Up” days on Sunday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 1., during which guests may view the engines of three of the cars in the exhibition, including the Chrysler (Ghia) “Streamline X "Gilda"” (1955), the Buick “Centurion XP-301” (1956) and the Bugatti “Type 57S Compétition Coupé Aerolithe” (1935; 2007 re-creation). Guests will also have to opportunity to view the interior of the Pininfarina (Ferrari) “512 S Modulo” (1970).
The High will be open for extended hours on the closing weekend of the exhibition on Friday, Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“The concept cars presented in ‘Dream Cars’ demonstrate how design can transcend the present and offer new paths and opportunities for the future,” said Sarah Schleuning, exhibition curator and curator of decorative arts and design at the High. “While these cars were never mass-produced, they shaped the future of the automotive industry by challenging the notion of what is possible, technologically and stylistically.”
A full-color, 160-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring stunning photography and an extended essay by Schleuning exploring the effects of aerodynamics and aeronautics on car design, the design process from conception to completion, and how groundbreaking events such as General Motors' Motorama fueled the creativity of automobile styles. Also included are comprehensive automotive descriptions by consulting curator Ken Gross.
Exhibition Organization and Support
“Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibition is supported by presenting sponsor Porsche Cars North America, Inc. We gratefully acknowledge AutoTrader, AutoTrader Classics, Manheim, WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and WSB News Talk Radio for their generous support. Special thanks to contributing sponsors Delta Air Lines, AT&T, and NAPA. Additional support is provided by The Coca-Cola Company, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, the Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Tommy and Beth Holder. In-kind support provided by UPS. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Schleuning, High Museum of Art curator of decorative arts and design, with consulting curator Ken Gross.
High Museum of Art
The High is the leading art museum in the southeastern U.S. With more than 13,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists. For more information about the High, visit high.org.
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