Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

On a recent trip to Houston we visited the Museum of Fine Arts as part of birthday celebrations for Husband and Son.  While many exhibits prohibit photography, Son was able to take photos of one particular current exhibit; here are a few that he took.

Sculptured in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940

art deco 3One would have to have the proper clothes to drive around in this one as the vintage poster below (part of the exhibit) illustrates.

art deco 7

art deco 5This one reminded me of a convertible version of an Airstream travel trailer.

art deco 4 (2)This Indian Motorcycle Chief, 1940 was Husband’s favorite.

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People were even dressed fashionably in advertisements back then.

art deco 2Husband liked this KJ Motorcycle, 1930 and so would Batman.

art decoHusband and I had a great time imagining what it would have been to ride around in this Twelve Model 1106 or to have been chauffeured around in it.  Either way,  champagne would surely have been appropriate!

Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan, 1936This photo of Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan, 1936 was taken from the museum’s website.

Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan (detail), 1936

This is the inside of the Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan, 1936 and also from the museum’s website.

The exhibit will be at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through May 30.

52 thoughts on “Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    • The MFAH is amazing with so many events and something for everyone. We did not have time to see everything that day but we will go back. There was an exhibit with dresses and other items from that period – what fun! Some days I wish I lived back in Houston but it is still close enough for weekend trips. Thanks for sharing!

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  1. I love old cars, particularly the 1950 era automobiles. The museum district there is so lovely, I really do miss it. One neat thing is that there are several car shows here during the spring and summer (mostly 1960 cars, but some quite a bit older ones) so sometimes I get a chance to drop in on those 🙂

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  2. AH! Not a dud in the batch! How to pick a favorite? Great-looking photographs. Great-looking exhibition. I especially love the silver automobile (number three). It also reminds me of an Airstream travel trailer. And speaking of Houston, the Art Car Parade is also pretty darn wonderful. Years ago, I got to attend. Fun memories! Thanks for time travel!! ~Theadora

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    • Now I would have guessed you would appreciate the glamour of these old beauties and would especially like the sporty silver convertible. Houston does have its charm – fashion (Galleria), art, rodeos more! Always great to hear from you, Theadora!


    • And our cars change even faster and can do so much more for us – even talk to us! We don’t even dress the way we used to dress. We can’t stop change so we must embrace what works for us. Always a pleasure to have you give your artistic view!

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