Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles

This is a unique exhibition at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, TN of Art Deco automobiles from some of the most renowned car collections in the United States.

Inspired by the Frist Center’s historic Art Deco building, this exhibition features spectacular automobiles and motorcycles from the 1930s and ‘40s that exemplify the classic elegance, luxurious materials, and iconography of motion that characterizes vehicles influenced by the Art Deco style. (Frist Center)

Art Deco Autos

1930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster. Collection of Edmund J. Stecker Family Trust.

Art Deco Autos

1934 Model 40 Special Speedster™. Owned and restored by Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

Art Deco Autos

1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet. Collection of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

Art Deco Autos

1930 KJ Henderson Streamline. Collection of Frank Westfall.

Art Deco Autos

1934 Model 40 Special Speedster™. Owned and restored by Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

Art Deco Autos

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Sedan. Collection of Academy of Art University Automobile Museum, San Francisco.

Art Deco Autos

1934 Voisin Type C27 Aérosport Coupe. Collection of Merle and Peter Mullin.

Art Deco Autos

1935 Chrysler Imperial Model C-2 Airflow Coupe. Collection of John and Lynn Heimerl, Suffolk, VA

Art Deco Autos

1936 Cord 810 "Armchair" Beverly Sedan. Collection of Richard and Debbie Fass.

Art Deco Autos

1936 Delahaye 135M Figoni & Falaschi Competition Coupe. Collection of Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection.

Art Deco Autos

1937 Delahaye 135MS Roadster. Courtesy of The Revs Institute for Automotive Research @ the Collier Collection.

Art Deco Autos

1937 Hispano-Suiza Xenia Coupe. Collection of Merle and Peter Mullin.

Art Deco Autos

1938 Talbot-Lago T 150C -SS Coupe. Courtesy Bill Marriott.

Art Deco Autos

1939 Delage D8-120S Saoutchik Cabriolet. Collection of John W. Rich, Jr.

Art Deco Autos

1940 Indian Chief. Collection of Gary Sanford.

Art Deco Autos

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt. Collection of Chrysler Group, LLC.

Art Deco Autos

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Sport Coupe by LeBaron. Collection of Robert and Sandra Bahre.

Art Deco Autos

1938 Tatra T97. Collection of Lane Motor Museum.

What to Read Next