Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture
Essays by Robin Reisenfeld and Eleanor Heartney
Foreword by Brian P. Kennedy, Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director
Accompanying the major exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture (June 15–September 15, 2019 at the Toledo Museum of Art), this catalogue is an inclusive, historical overview of the inventiveness and variety of artistic imagery inspired by the automobile as an evolving symbol of American identity. Curator Robin Reisenfeld analyzes how artists spanning the 20th century have examined the mythic status of the car across social, cultural, aesthetic, environmental, and industrial dimensions with images that both celebrate and critique its legacy. Eleanor Heartney looks at contemporary global artists using automobile culture to address issues of identity, gender, politics, and technology.
The book includes an illustrated checklist, bibliography, and index.
12 x 10 ˝ inches. 120 pages. ISBN 978-0-935172-59-1. Published by the Toledo Museum of Art.