June 25, 2024

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DIA pays tribute to vehicle design and autoworkers in 2 new displays

"Lincoln XL-500 Concept Car," 1952, Charles E. Balogh, American; watercolor, gouache, airbrush, ink, graphite on illustration board. Collection of Robert L. Edwards and Julie Hyde-Edwards.

The new exhibitions at the Detroit Institute of Arts are having the legacy of the Motor City for a spin, but when it will come to who’s sitting driving the steering wheel, the two exhibits really feel miles aside.

“Detroit Type: Vehicle Style and design in the Motor Metropolis, 1950-2020” is a significant-octane enjoy letter to automotive design. The exhibition is as easy and well-composed as the 12 vehicles the museum wheeled in to get heart phase. 

The sprawling exhibition eats up extra than 10,000 sq. toes. To complement the autos, including a beautiful 1958 Common Motors Firebird III notion, there are dozens of designer drawings and a handful of contemporary art items, which include a sculpture and various paintings.

Housed in a a lot smaller gallery, the photograph exhibition “Russ Marshall: Detroit Pictures, 1958-2008” trades shiny centerpieces for anything with more emotional horsepower. It’s not about the designers but as an alternative about the blue-collar autoworkers who produced the assembly lines run on time via thick and slender.