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Automania

July 04, 2021 – January 02, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

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, former 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.

Generous funding is provided by Kristen and Andrew Shapiro.

Leadership contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund, in support of the Museum’s collection and collection exhibitions, are generously provided by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley, the Sandra and Tony Tamer Exhibition Fund, The Contemporary Arts Council, Eva and Glenn Dubin, Alice and Tom Tisch, Mimi Haas, the Noel and Harriette Levine Endowment, The David Rockefeller Council, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund, the Marella and Giovanni Agnelli Fund for Exhibitions, Anne Dias, Kathy and Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Kenneth C. Griffin, The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder.

Major contributions to the Annual Exhibition Fund are provided by The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Brett and Daniel Sundheim, the Terra Foundation for American Art, Karen and Gary Winnick, and Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Automobile Driver (L’Automobiliste). ​ 1898. Lithograph, composition: 14 3/4 x 10 1/2″ (37.4 x 26.6 cm); sheet: 19 3/4 x 14″ (50.1 x 35.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

Lilly Reich. Folding car seat of tubular steel, with rubber straps (Plan and elevations). 1930s. Pencil on tracing paper, 11 1/4 x 19 5/8″ (28.6 x 49.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lilly Reich Collection, Mies van der Rohe Archive

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.

Ashley Havinden. Take No Chances Keep Death Off the Road. c.1947. Lithograph, 29 1/4 × 19 3/4″ (74.3 × 50.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Flaminio Bertoni, André Lefèbvre, Paul Magès, Robert Opron; Citroën, France. DS 23 Sedan. Designed 1954-1967 (this example 1973). Steel body with fiberglass top, 61 × 71 × 197″ (154.9 × 180.3 × 500.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Christian Sumi Zürich and Sébastien and Pierre Nordenson

Vern Blosum. Time Expired. 1962. Oil on canvas, 37 1/2 x 27 7/8″ (95.1 x 70.7 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund. © Vern Blosum. Courtesy of the Vern Blosum Estate

Halas and Batchelor. Film still from Automania 2000. 1963. 35mm film transferred to video, 10 min. Directed by John Halas. Written by Joy Batchelor. Animated by Harold Whitaker. Art Directed by Tom Bailey. Composed by Jack King. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 1963 Halas and Batchelor

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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