The Shape of Speed

This is a past event. Sunday, September 16, 2018 more dates through September 16, 2018

Portland Art Museum 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to announce The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942, a special exhibitionfeaturing 18 rare streamlined automobiles and motorcycles.

The Shape of Speed presents a select group of rare automobiles and motorcycles that demonstrate how auto designers translated the concept of aerodynamic efficiency into exciting machines that, in many cases, looked as though they were moving while at rest.

The museum will display 16 cars and two motorcycles — the best of that era’s streamlined offerings — from Europe and the United States. Engineering drawings and period photographs will show some of the aircraft, railroad, ship and yacht designs that influenced the automakers.

Event Type

Art & Design, Exhibition

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Adults $19.99; Seniors 62+ and college students $16.99; Children under 17 and museum members get in free


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