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Future Retro:
Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles

January 16, 2010 - March 28, 2010

AWE Gallery

John Perkins, Cadillac Eldorado Front-End Design: Model Year 1968, 1968, watercolour on paper, 81.0 cm x 61.0 cm, Collection of Frederic A. Sharf; Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles showcases the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design during the decades following WWII, a landmark period in car styling. Drawn entirely from the collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, this installation provides visitors with a rare glimpse into the creative process behind the scenes at some of Detroit’s premiere car companies through an eclectic mix of illustrations, ranging from preliminary sketches to fully rendered works intended for presentation to company executives. Some of the drawings offer concepts that would later be incorporated into specific models, while others represent futuristic ideas that never made it past the drawing board. Dating from an era when design and appearance were increasingly important factors in automotive sales, there are ample references to the shapes of airplanes and rockets, along with other emerging technologies that influenced postwar car design.

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In this exhibit

John Perkins, Cadillac Eldorado Front-End Design: Model Year 1968, 1968, watercolour on paper, 81.0 cm x 61.0 cm, Collection of Frederic A. Sharf; Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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