Portland Art Museum

Portland Art Museum July 2011
The Allure of the Automobile is the first exhibition to consider the stylistic development of cars in the context of prominent design movements such as Art Moderne and Postwar Modernity. Visitors will learn about the contrasts between European and American design, the influence of decorative arts, and the significant changes in automotive styling and engineering before and after World War II.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an array of programs and opportunities to learn more about these remarkable automobiles, the technology behind them, and their historical and cultural context.

Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the exhibition will be guest curated by Ken Gross, the former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.


1930 Bentley Speed Six  
1931 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow  
1937 Bugatti Type 57S  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B  
1938 Hispano Suiza H6C  
1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS  
1948 Tucker 48  
1953 Porsche 550  
1954 Plymouth Explorer Concept  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR  
1957 Jaguar XKSS  
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition  

Vehicle information, history, And specifications from concept to production.
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