Archive for June 18th, 2013

As you know, I spend a lot of time taking pictures of other people’s bicycles.  I rarely take pictures of my own bikes, as I feel that the result would be a contrived picture that would make me cringe every time I see it.

However, with my main bike (the overly enhance mountain bike which is great for the back roads of NH) in the shop undergoing a major overall, I have decided to take my new cruiser out for a few spins.  While I was adjusting the seats and making it ready for a ride yesterday, I realized how photogenic my new bike was and was inspired to take her picture up against the back of the barn.

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FCVAIt is looking like Nashville is the destination for my next domestic vacation (after my annual trip to Chicago next week), as I have featured a few area attractions in my recent travel posts.

Today, I add another reason why a trip to Nashville makes sense right now: the Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles exhibition at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

About the exhibition: Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles is an exhibition of Art Deco automobiles from some of the most renowned car collections in the United States. Inspired by the Frist Center’s historic Art Deco building, this exhibition will feature spectacular automobiles and motorcycles from the 1930s and ‘40s that exemplify the classic elegance, luxurious materials, and iconography of motion that characterizes vehicles influenced by the Art Deco style. Fascination with automobiles transcends age, gender, and environment. While today automotive manufacturers often strive for economy and efficiency, there was a time when elegance reigned. Influenced by the Art Deco movement that began in Paris in the early 1920s and propelled to prominence with the success of the International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925, automakers embraced the sleek new streamlined forms and aircraft-inspired materials, creating memorable automobiles that still thrill all who see them.”

I love the art deco style and the cars featured in this exhibition are some of the best representations of that amazing era – rolling works of art that beg to be seen and admired.

Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles continues at Nashville’s Frist Center through September 15, 2013.

Learn more about the First Center for the Visual Arts here.