Detroit’s DNA on Display at DIA

June 2020 is going to be a 30-day mobility celebration in the Motor City – from the Detroit Grand Prix and NAIAS to MICHauto’s Detroit Moves and the Ford Fireworks.  Adding to these dynamic indoor and outdoor summer experiences will be the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) groundbreaking new exhibition exploring car design in Detroit.

Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020 opens to the public on June 13, 2020, and will remain on view until Jan. 10, 2021.

Organized by the DIA, the exhibition will highlight the artistry and influence of Detroit car designers working between 1950 and the present day.  It will bring together 12 coupes and sedans designed across that 70-year period to highlight significant achievements in style and technology. The vehicles range from unique examples of experimental show cars to iconic production models, including a 1959 General Motors Firebird III, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and a 2017 Ford GT.

Design drawings and photographs will allow visitors to imagine the creative and innovative processes that bring a vehicle from the drawing board to the street.  In addition, a selection of paintings and sculptures will highlight the conversation between the American art world and the car culture from the 1950s to the present day. 



Photo Credit: General Motors, Firebird III, 1958. General Motors Heritage Collection.