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Automania

The Museum of Modern Art

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The Museum of Modern Art announces Automania, an exhibition that will investigate the conflicted feelings—compulsion, fixation, desire, and rage—that developed in response to cars and car culture in the 20th century. This two-part exhibition will consist of presentations in the third-floor Philip Johnson Galleries and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, showcasing a total of seven cars from the Museum’s collection. Taking its name from the 1964 Oscar-nominated animation by Halas and Batchelor, Automania will examine the car as a modern industrial product, transportation innovator, and style icon, as well as the generator of fatalities, traffic-choked environments, and ecological disaster in the oil age.

Automania is organized by Juliet Kinchin, Curator; Paul Galloway, Collection Specialist; and Andrew Gardner, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.


The exhibition is made possible by Allianz, MoMA’s partner for design and innovation.

Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, Eva and Glenn Dubin, The Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, Alice and Tom Tisch, The David Rockefeller Council, The Contemporary Arts Council, Anne Dias, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, The Keith Haring Foundation, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro.

Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by the Estate of Ralph L. Riehle, GRoW @ Annenberg, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, Karen and Gary Winnick, The Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Clarissa Alcock and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Agnes Gund, and Oya and Bülent Eczacıbaşı.

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Lucian Bernhard. Bosch. 1914. Lithograph, 17 7/8 x 25 1/4″ (45.5 x 64.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of The Lauder Foundation, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund

Margaret Bourke-White. Chrysler Corporation. 1932. Gelatin silver print, 12 7/8 x 9″ (32.7 x 22.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. © 2019 Estate of Margaret Bourke-White/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Ferdinand Porsche, Volkswagenwerk AG, Wolfsburg, West Germany. Volkswagen Type 1 Sedan. Designed 1938 (this example 1959). Steel, glass, and rubber, 59 x 60 1/2 x 13′ 4″ (149.9 x 153.7 x 406.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired with assistance from Volkswagen of America, Inc. Photo: Paige Knight

Andy Warhol. Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times. 1963. Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on two canvases, 8′ 9 7/8″ x 13′ 8 1/8″ (268.9 x 416.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson. © 2019 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jorge Rigamonti. Nuclear City. 1967. Cut and pasted lithograph, 13 1/2 x 10 1/4″ (34.3 x 26 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Latin American and Caribbean Fund. © 2020 Arch. Jorge Rigamonti

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