Automobiles are among the most conspicuous creations of industrial civilization. Visually, spatially, and culturally, they occupy as much attention in our lives as furniture, clothing, or electronics. The six automobiles in The Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, including three new acquisitions, are innovative designs representing a range of purposes, such as speed, sport, and transport. Together, they span more than five decades of automotive design. Individually, the automobiles are recognized for their aesthetic excellence, functional capability, historical significance, practicality, or affordability—criteria applicable to the other mass-produced design objects in the Museum's collection...
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