Future Retro

Saturday, 29 September 2007 to Sunday, 2 December 2007

Sponsored by: MacPhee Pontiac

From preliminary sketches to carefully drafted renderings, these drawings showcase the beauty and ingenuity of automobile design in the heyday of American manufacture. Whether used to float innovations, showcase new developments, or promote the latest models, they are, first and foremost, breathtaking examples of graphic art.

The dynamic drawings from the 1940s through to the 1960s explore the decades following WWII. This landmark period in American car design saw sleek and aerodynamic influences from planes and other War equipment. These changes caused an increase in stylized looks, distinctive identities for each brand, and more aggressive competition in style between companies.

Over 100 drawings introduce us to cars that are both futuristic and retro, sometimes decidedly wacky (several were too outlandish to build), and always very, very cool. The designs excited the consumers’ imagination and now give a rare glimpse into the thinking of the premiere Detroit car builders. Future Retro acknowledges this unexplored niche in the art world and offers an ideal lesson in car creation and history to anyone who has ever felt the allure of the great American automobile.