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  1. Evolution of American Car Mascots and Hood Ornaments: Selections from the Jon Zoler Collection

    The exhibit features 150 specifically curated American car mascots and hood ornaments from 1911 to 1957 and will be displayed throughout the museum’s Company Showroom. Popularized in the 1920s and 30s, hood ornaments were seen by auto manufacturers as a means to bring marque uniqueness that highlighted and communicated the brand’s image. They served both an aesthetic and functional purpose. Marques include Auburn, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Cord, Duesenberg, LaSalle, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Studebaker and others, as well as 16 accessory mascots.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/exhibits#evolution-of-american-car-mascots-and-hood-ornaments-selections-from-the-jon-zoler-collection
  2. Win a 1964 Corvette Sting Ray!

    Enter Today for a Chance to Win a Numbers Matching 1964 Corvette Sting Ray Convertible!

    https://automobilemuseum.org/events/museum-programs/win-a-1964-corvette-sting-ray
  3. Duesenberg: The Evolution of America’s Finest Motorcar

    “Duesenberg: The Evolution of America’s Finest Motorcar” features three of the four existent Duesenberg Model X prototypes, the one and only Duesenberg Model Y, the first Duesenberg passenger vehicle, Augie Duesenberg’s Model A, and one of the first 100 Model J’s.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/exhibits#duesenberg-the-evolution-of-americas-finest-motorcar
  4. LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

    LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting, is a traveling museum exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by nearly 15 of today’s realists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice. LUSTER will be on exhibit at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum from June 1, 2022 – January 15, 2023. This exhibit has been generously supported by The Community Foundation of DeKalb County.Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have not only been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways, but also in film, top forty hits, and in painting. With the emergence of photo-realism in the 1960’s, motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in the iconography of American art.Exhibiting artists include (in alphabetical order): A.D. Cook (Las Vegas, NV), Randy Ford (Eastampton, NJ), Allan Gorman (West Orange, NJ), Marc G. Jones (Loveland, CO), Cheryl Kelley (Northern California), Richard Lewis (Los Angeles, CA), Lory Lockwood (New Orleans, LA), Robert Petillo (Hardyston, NJ), Kris Preslan (Lake Oswego, OR), Joseph Santos (Buena Park, CA), Ken Scaglia (Weston, CT), John E. Schaeffer (La Grange, TX), Guenevere “Moto Painter” Schwien (Portland, OR), and Harold Zabady (Camp Hill, PA). Their work exemplifies the very best of automotive painting being done today, and builds on that of the first wave of photo-realists in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, which included the likes of Harold Cleworth, Don Eddy, Richard Estes, and Ralph Goings.LUSTER encompasses a broad range of cars and motorcycles from vintage vehicles from the 1940’s and before to more recent classics. During the post-World War II boom years, cheap gas and the advent of the Interstate Highway System in 1956 propelled automotive design and sales. In the 1950s, the industry reached new heights by offering consumers increased horsepower for thrust and speed, and more artfully, integrated design which was dramatized in the 1960’s with features such as tail fins. LUSTER features paintings of passenger automobiles from those boom years and since, plus a range of motorcycles and racing vehicles.Like the shiny automobiles and motorcycles portrayed by the exhibit’s artists, its paintings can be characterized by the luster that permeates their imagery. Chrome ornamentation and trim together with enameled bodywork, glass, and interior fabrication to meet the needs of purpose-built vehicles of all sorts: these are the surfaces which recent realists and hyperrealists have exploited to generate true, virtuosic masterpieces.Serving as Curator for LUSTER Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting is David J. Wagner, who earned his Ph.D. in American Studies and served as a museum director for 20 years.For tour venue locations and dates, and a complete catalogue of exhibition contents, visit: www.davidjwagnerllc.com/Luster_Exhibition.html.For further information, contact:DAVID J. WAGNER, L.L.C., EXHIBITION TOUR OFFICE(414) 221-6878; davidjwagnerllc@yahoo.com; davidjwagnerllc.comMember: American Alliance of Museums; International Council of Museums

    https://automobilemuseum.org/exhibits#luster-realism-and-hyperrealism-in-contemporary-automobile-and-motorcycle-painting
  5. Evolution of American Car Mascots and Hood Ornaments: Selections from the Jon Zoler Collection

    Evolution of American Car Mascots and Hood Ornaments: Selections from the Jon Zoler Collection, runs from June 2022 to March 2023. This is the first of a two-part display. It features 150 specifically curated American car mascots and hood ornaments from 1911 to 1957 and will be displayed throughout the museum’s Company Showroom.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/events/museum-programs/evolution-of-american-car-mascots-and-hood-ornaments-selections-from-the-jon-zoler-collection
  6. LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

    LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting, is a traveling museum exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by nearly 15 of today’s realists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/events/museum-programs/luster-realism-and-hyperrealism-in-contemporary-automobile-and-motorcycle-painting
  7. Girl Scouts Mechanical Engineering Car Design Badges

    Girl Scouts will get to experience the splendor of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum as they participate in our hands-on workshop on Saturday, April 30th, from 9 am to 11 am. Girl Scouts can explore the museum and earn their Mechanical Engineering Car Design Badges at the same time.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/events/museum-programs/girl-scouts-mechanical-engineering-car-design-badges
  8. EV Grand Prix - High School Test and Tune

    The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum will host EV Grand Prix for a high school Test and Tune here at the Museum on April 23rd, 2022.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/events/museum-programs/ev-grand-prix-high-school-test-and-tune
  9. Scouts BSA Automotive Maintenance Badge Workshop

    Scouts BSA, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and the National Automobile and Truck Museum are teaming up to present this badge workshop for Scouts aged 11 and older on Saturday, March 12th from 9 AM to 4 PM.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/events/museum-programs/scouts-bsa-automotive-maintenance-badge-workshop
  10. December 11th – Curatorial Spotlight Alan Huet Leamy: Creator of Classics

    Alan Leamy was one of the best-known designers of automobiles in the Classic Era. From the Cord L-29 to the Auburn Speedsters, he penned automobiles that continue to inspire today.

    https://automobilemuseum.org/events/museum-programs/december-11th-curatorial-spotlight-alan-huet-leamy-creator-of-classics