High on concept cars: Atlanta museum extends ‘Dream Cars’ exhibition

Pininfarina's 1970 Ferrari 512 S Modulo (white) and Bertone's 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero (orange)
Pininfarina’s 1970 Ferrari 512 S Modulo (white) and Bertone’s 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero | Larry Edsall photo

The “Dream Cars” exhibition at the high Museum of Art in Atlanta has been such a success that its run is being extended by a week, through September 14. In addition, two “Hoods Up” days are being added.

On the “Hoods Up” days — August 31 and September 1 — the hoods of the 1955 Chrysler Ghia Streamline X Gilda, the 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301 and the recreation of the 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe will be open so museum visitors can see the engines that power those cars. In addition, the doors of the 1970 Pininfarina 512 S Modulo Ferrari will be open so the car’s interior can be seen.

“We are so pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response from our guests to this unique exhibition,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the museum’s director. “ ‘Dream Cars’ has given us the opportunity to expand and inspire our audience, and our hope is that anyone who has not yet joined us for the exhibition will have the chance to visit before it leaves Atlanta.”

They shaped the future of the automotive industry by challenging the notion of what is possible.”

— Sarah Schleuning

 

“Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” features concept cars from automakers, coachbuilders and independent designers, “demonstrating,” according to a museum news release, “how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.”

In addition to being open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Labor Day, the museum will have extended hours for the closing weekend of the dream car exhibition, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on September 12, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on September 13 and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on September 14.

“While these cars were never mass-produced, they shaped the future of the automotive industry by challenging the notion of what is possible, technologically and stylistically.” said Sarah Schleuning, the museum’s curator of decorative arts and design and also the curator of the concept car exhibit.

Already scheduled during the final weeks of the exhibit is a lecture at 7 p.m. August 28 by futuristic artist Syd Mead.

For more information, visit the museum website.

 

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