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“Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020” Exhibit Puts Creative Process on Display

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Story and pictures by Mary Lendzion

Some of the country’s coolest cars were designed in Detroit, and an exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts shines a light on them.

“Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020” showcases the work of designers who put their vision — and their heart — to paper, clay and metal to design cars that were everything from classic to cutting edge.

There are twelve cars in the exhibit, which opened in November and will be on display through June 27, with some being experimental show cars and others being production models sold to the public. Design drawings and photos, as well as car-related art, also are featured in the exhibit, which was put together by the Detroit Institute of Arts with funding from the Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors and Jennifer Adderley in memory of her husband, Terence E. Adderley, among others.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and is at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Admission costs $14 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for college students and $6 for children ages 6-17. It’s free fo residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in Michigan. Because capacity is currently limited for the museum, reserve a time slot by calling 313-833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.

 

 


Mary Lendzion
Mary Lendzion
Formerly a writer at the Detroit Free Press, Mary Lendzion has written for NMCA and NMRA for more than ten years. She's also the director of media and public relations for Summit Motorsports Park, and spends as much time as possible racing her Mustang.
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