See Future Retro at the Eustis Estate

Jan 11, 2018

Discover the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design from the 1940s through the 1970s at Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles, on display at the Eustis Estate from February 9 to May 13, 2018. The exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and selected from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

A design proposal for an Oldsmobile by Peter Wozena, 1958. Collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. Photograph copyright Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. On view in Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles Selected from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

A design proposal for an Oldsmobile by Peter Wozena, 1958. Collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf. Photograph copyright Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. On view in Future Retro: Drawings from the Great Age of American Automobiles, Selected from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

 

From preliminary sketches to fully rendered works, from the work of student artists to highly skilled professional designers, the drawings in this exhibition showcase automobile design in the heyday of American manufacturing. Whether used to float innovations, showcase new developments, or promote the latest models, these seventy drawings are first and foremost terrific examples of graphic art.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston logoThe exhibition includes concept and presentation drawings, and advertising artwork that highlights exterior features, sets cars in romantic and exotic locations, or focuses on the theme of a family vehicle. The exhibition surveys this rich graphic history of automotive art and provides a view onto a great age in car design.

“We are delighted to be working with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to share these wonderful works of art from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection,” said Senior Curator of Library and Archives Lorna Condon.

Future Retro: Drawing from the Great Age of American Automobiles is on display from February 9 to May 13, 2018, at the Eustis Estate. The Eustis Estate, one of thirty-seven historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, is located at 1424 Canton Avenue in Milton, Mass. The property is open Fridays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for students and children. Admission is free for Historic New England members and Milton residents.

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Exhibition Highlights

Cadillac "Coupe de Sabre" Proposal

Peter Wozena (born in 1918). August 1956 (signed and dated "1950"). Watercolor on black artist paper. Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

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  • Cadillac "Coupe de Sabre" Proposal

    Peter Wozena (born in 1918). August 1956 (signed and dated "1950"). Watercolor on black artist paper. Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

  • Chevrolet Corvette Convertible: Model Year 1968

    Don Daily. 1967/1968. Gouache/graphite on illustration board. Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

  • Poster Artwork with 1951 Ford

    Unknown. Gouache, illustration board. Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

  • Buick Roadmaster Four Door Sedan: Model Year 1950

    1949/1950. Gouache on illustration board. Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.

  • Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville: Model Year 1951

    Thomas H. Ferriss. 1950. Gouache and ink on illustration board. Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection.