Organized by the McNay, “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. 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. Abstract paintings from the McNay’s collection include a strong representation of women artists, including Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Dorothy Hood, and Joan Mitchell, alongside their male contemporaries.
Pop pictures by Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Ed Ruscha—some on loan for the exhibition—illustrate the movement. Op paintings include a 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.
“American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings” will be on display through May 19, 2019. We hope that you take a moment to check out this vintage exhibit!
Although we provide the utmost luxury at Joule Apartments in San Antonio, Texas, we realize that you need to get out and socialize with those in your surrounding community. This event gives you the chance to do just that! Don’t hesitate to attend today!
Saturday, April 27, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78209