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Summer Lecture Series Explores Styling
Posted: June 16, 2009

Summer Lecture Series – An Eye on Automotive Design
In celebration of the unveiling of Different By Design, join our distinguished list of guest lecturers to explore the world of automotive styling from a variety of perspectives.

June 25
Automotive Design Through the Lens of a Photographer
How does the photographer see the art of automotive design through his lens? Automotive photographer Michael Furman will share the creative process of capturing automotive designs to reveal their personality and discuss his work on the stunning and critically acclaimed “Curves of Steel” as well as the upcoming “Spirit of Competition.”

July 9
Curatorial Close Up: The Emergence of Modernism
Modernism marked a conscious break with the past and has been one of the dominant expressions of design practice, production, and theory in the 20th century. Josephine Shea, curator at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House will explore the modernism movement and examples of its influence at Ford House.

July 23
Streamlines and Dreamlines: The Design Inspiration of Aerodynamics for Automobiles
Phil Patton, automotive design writer for The New York Times, will discuss how streamlining served as design inspiration for some of America’s iconic automobiles, focusing on how practical aerodynamic principles evolved into an aesthetic that persist today.

August 6
Streamline Synergies: The Automotive Give-and-Take of 1930s Industrial Design
The streamline design revolution of the 1930s impacted consumer products—from aircrafts and cars to radios and telephones. Automotive author Terry V. Boyce utilizes period advertising and contemporary images to explore how streamlined automotive forms were reflected by popular mass-produced products manufactured during the 1930s and early 1940s.


All lectures are offered free of charge, but as seating is limited, reservations are recommended.  Call 313.884.4222.

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