Dive Into the Postwar Era During American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings

Organized by the McNay Art Museum, American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings explores the ingenuity and innovation of postwar America. This period, known as America’s Golden Age, witnessed the explosion of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Op Art; the mass production of automobiles; and increased wealth and consumerism. The exhibition presents 10 classic cars as modern sculpture, alongside paintings from the McNay’s collection and select loans. Check it out this Saturday, May 18th beginning at 10:00 a.m.!

Characterized by exaggerated tailfins, wraparound windshields, and generous chrome detail, these classics of the 1950s and 1960s were called dream cars. From a rare 1948 Tucker Torpedo to the beloved 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, many of the cars on view pushed design boundaries through expansive volume, nontraditional color combinations, and highly styled flourishes. Additional highlights include a 1957 Pontiac Star Chief convertible with missile-shaped side trim, and a 1956 DeSoto Firedome sporting factory colors of pink and iridescent plum. Classics restored to factory-correct interiors and exteriors are joined by several restoration-modification (“resto-mod”) cars, most notably the Spurs Camaro restored and generously lent by Larry Mills, Executive Vice President, Holt Companies, San Antonio.

Abstract paintings from the McNay’s collection include strong representation of women artists, including Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Dorothy Hood, and Joan Mitchell, alongside their male contemporaries Sandu Darie, Friedel Dzubas, Hans Hofmann, Ralph Humphrey, George McNeil, Larry Rivers, Theodoros Stamos, and Frank Stella. Pop pictures by Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Ed Ruscha illustrate the movement. Op paintings include striking oil by Edna Andrade, a monumental work by Larry Poons, and a pulsating acrylic painting by Julian Stanczak. Together, these artworks represent key developments in American art just after World War II and through the 1970s.

Whether you still remember postwar America or would like to explore that period of history, American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings is an awesome exhibit to see! The exhibit is included with regular museum admission, which is $20 for adults. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, military, students, members and children.

At Joule Apartment Homes in San Antonio, Texas, we believe it’s important to integrate yourself into the community, which is why we suggest attending this event. Meeting new people, having unfamiliar experiences, and joining neighborhood activities is the key to an exceptional lifestyle.

Event Time/Date:
Saturday, May 18, 2019—10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78209

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