MoMA EXAMINES THE FUTURE OF THE AUTOMOBILE AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIETY AND
Different Roads: Automobiles for the Next Century
July 22-September 21, 1999
Organized by Christopher Mount, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, with Phil Patton, curatorial consultant.
Different Roads: Automobiles for the Next Century is a forward-looking examination of automobile design and its impact on society. A new generation of cars, either in production or about to be, confronts the major social, economic, and environmental conditions facing the consumer and the automotive industry. Eight contemporary models from major international manufacturers, including the Fiat Multipla, Ford Ka, General Motors EV1,Rover Mini, Smart, Honda VV insight and Toyota Prius will be displayed in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. These automobiles, intended for the middle-class consumer, are the successors to such iconic vehicles as Ford's Model T and the original Volkswagen Beetle. Their highly innovative designs demonstrate that, in addition to responding to the greater needs of society, the simple, affordable car no longer lacks for style, performance, or comfort.
A PARTIAL LIST OF MODELS
General Motors EV1
Honda VV Insight
A symposium titled "What is the Future of the Automobile?" will be held in mid-September, with panelists comprised of automotive designers, engineers, executives, historians, and sociologists, who will discuss what issues must be addressed in the use, production, and design of the automobile in the coming century.
Selected models will be made available to the press for test drives.
©1999 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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