DIA to Open New Exhibit — ‘Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020’ — in June

The Detroit Institute of Arts will open “Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020” on June 13. The new exhibition will highlight Detroit’s history as the center of the American automobile industry.
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“Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020” will be on display at the DIA from June 2020-January 2021. // Image courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts will open “Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020” on June 13. The new exhibition will highlight Detroit’s history as the center of the American automobile industry.

The exhibition will include 12 coupes and sedans designed across a 70-year period that shows achievements in style and technology. Vehicles will include the 1951 General Motors Le Sabre, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, and 2002 Ford GT Concept.

There will be experimental show cars and production models for mass markets, as well as design drawings and photographs that show the creative process that brought vehicles from the drawing board to the street.

A selection of paintings and sculptures also will be on view to highlight the conversation between the American art world and the car culture from the 1950s to present day.

The exhibition will run through Jan. 10, 2021 and is free with general admission, which is free for residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. The DIA organized the show, and major support has been provided by the Ford Motor Co. Fund in Dearborn and General Motors in Detroit.

Additional funding is provided by the Marvin and Betty Danto Family Foundation, FCA US LLC, The Suburban Collection, Jennifer and David Fisher, and Darcy and David Fisher Jr.

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