A joint venture between the Detroit Institute of Arts and MoMA is bringing modern machines into the design world. They are showcasing the many aspects of car design through the latter-half of the twentieth century. Most of the vehicles on display are simple sedans, as that was the main product coming out of Detroit at the time. Some of the more popular concept cars that will be on display are Ford’s Prove IV and General Motors’ Firebird III.
- Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020, now scheduled for November at the DIA, is surprisingly for the city’s biggest museum, the first to address the automobile there in 35 years.
- To give the exhibition some visual coherence, Colman and his team decided to focus solely on coupes and sedans, and not the pickups and SUVs.
- The cars are a lesson in history as well as design. “You can see and feel the energy of those times in these cars,” says Brandon Faurote.
“The car has seven of them and, with its bubble canopy and fuselage, looks more aircraft than auto.”