Timeless machines: Art Deco Automobiles Exhibit at the Frist Center for Visual Arts

Photo by: Crashing Nightingale

Art Deco was an amazing style in architectural history. One of the time periods in architect that is timeless and classic. A style that can never really go out of style, no matter what decade it is. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, this exhibit’s current home, is located in downtown Nashville, TN. The building is the most perfect host for this art deco exhibition because the building itself is Nashville’s old post office built in the early 1930s and during the pinnacle of the art deco world.

The Frist Center is showcasing Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles. The automobiles and motorcycles are certainly a sight to see. Upon entering the exhibit, visitors are immediately greeted by two of the classic cars sparkling under the lights. Each car stands alone and demands attention. Onlookers have to fight the urge to not jump into one of the vehicles and drive off. The title of the exhibit “Sensuous Steel” is a perfect description of these beauties. These cars drip of sensuality and cause one to have immediate daydreams. An onlooker can’t help but imagine themselves cruising down a highway or country road, wind in the hair, looking super dap or divine driving in one of these precious gems.

Photos by: Crashing Nightingale

Each car has a sign near it describing the history behind the artistic vehicles and the owners and places it has passed through the decades, including a little information about the current owner. One can only be green with envy of those who have had the pleasure and opportunity to own the automobiles or motorcycles.

While gazing at the color, the interior and exterior of each vehicle, you are in awe of the people that made such lavish things. Everything about the automobiles is like a piece of artwork.  And to think, this was the norm.  It’s makes a person wonder if people of this time had any idea they were driving a piece of history.  Having the opportunity to view this exhibit is a real treat and one that would make someone go back to view it again. To make it even more fun, dress up in the time period so you actually can feel you are living in this decade of masterpiece artwork.

Photos by: Crashing Nightingale

Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles exhibition is currently running until September 15, 2013. For more information, visit The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn. http://fristcenter.org/

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