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Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and ’40s

When: Oct. 1-Jan. 15 2017

STARTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

ROLLING SCULPTURE: ART DECO CARS FROM THE 1930S AND '40S

Automotive design didn't go Pop Art in the 1960s or take inspiration from Patrick Nagel paintings in the 1980s, but, starting in the 1920s, there occurred a rare confluence of a prevailing artistic sensibility, namely Art Deco, and the industrial design of the day. Eschewing the merely decorative for a functional gorgeousness, Art Deco followed the example of Cubism in emphasizing simple geometric forms, but, with their aerodynamic design, lusciously rounded curves, and sleek horizontal lines, the cars made in this style embody pure luxury and speed. Resembling teardrops and bullets, they were not intended for regular people like you and me—until now. Fourteen of them (plus three motorcycles), including beauties by Packard, Bugatti, and Pierce-Arrow, are driving into this exhibit at NCMA, where they'll be parked until January 15. —David Klein

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, RALEIGH
Various times, $13–$19 (members/children free), www.ncma.org

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