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Future Retro: The Great Age of the American Automobile

May

14

Richard Arbib (1917–1995)

Richard Arbib (1917–1995)
Cyclar Mark IV “Mopod” Vehicle Proposal
1979
Ink, gouache and graphite pencil with collage elements on illustration board
Height x width: 55.9 x 74.9 cm (22 x 29 1/2 in.)
Framed: 60.6 x 78.1 x 2.9 cm (23 7/8 x 30 3/4 x 1 1/8 in.)
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection
L-SE 1046.1.10

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens would like to present Future Retro: The Great Age of the American Automobile,an exhibition comprised of drawings from the collection of Jean S. and Frederick A. Sharf and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that showcase the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design during the decades following World War II, a landmark period in car styling.These illustrations provide a rare glimpse into the creative process of some of America’s premiere car designers.

 

L-SE 1046.1.32

L-SE 1046.1.32
Peter Wozena
Oldsmobile Proposal
June 12, 1958
Colored pencil and graphite on tracing paper and white gouache
Height x width: 35.6 x 42.5 cm (14 x 16 3/4 in.)
Framed: 60 x 81 x 2.5 cm (23 5/8 x 31 7/8 x 1 in.)
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection

The MFA’s collection includes an extensive selection of illustrations, ranging from preliminary sketches to fully rendered works intended for presentation to car company executives. 

 

L-SE 1046.1.30

L-SE 1046.1.30
Elia Russinoff (born in 1930)
Design Proposal: Two Door Sports Car
1953
Colored pencil on black paper
Height x width: 59.7 x 73.7 cm (23 1/2 x 29 in.)
Framed: 63.5 x 78.1 x 2.5 cm (25 x 30 3/4 x 1 in.)
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection

Some of the drawings featured in the exhibition articulate concepts that would later be incorporated into specific models, while others represent futuristic ideas that were curtailed before even making it past the drawing board.

Six eye-catching cars, 1957 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, 1956 Continental Mark II, 1956 GM Firebird II, 1963 Chrysler Turbine, 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster, and the 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS are reflective of the modern period, and will certainly steal the show. 

 

Chrysler Corporation and Carrozzeria Ghia, Chrysler Turbine, 1963, front-engine, rear-drive hard top coupe, 201.6 x 72.9 x 53.5 in., Courtesy of the Chrysler Group, LLC.

Chrysler Corporation and Carrozzeria Ghia, Chrysler Turbine, 1963, front-engine, rear-drive hard top coupe, 201.6 x 72.9 x 53.5 in., Courtesy of the Chrysler Group, LLC.

Adding depth and perspective, which will enhance the experience of viewing the MFA collection, as they represent the culmination of the era’s engineering and design.

Chevrolet, Impala Super Sport, 1961, convertible, 209.3 x 78.4 x 55.5 in., Courtesy of Dr. and Mrs. Wellington C. Morton.

Chevrolet, Impala Super Sport, 1961, convertible, 209.3 x 78.4 x 55.5 in., Courtesy of Dr. and Mrs. Wellington C. Morton.

This exhibition will be on view from May 14 through September 8, 2013.

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