October 1, 2016–January 15, 2017

The art deco period—from the 1920s to the 1940s—is known for blending modern decorative arts with industrial design and is today synonymous with luxury and glamour. The automobile, a rapidly evolving mechanical child of the 20th century, thus became the perfect metal canvas upon which to express the popular art deco style.

About
the Exhibition
About

The art deco period—from the 1920s to the 1940s—is known for blending modern decorative arts with industrial design and is today synonymous with luxury and glamour.

The automobile, a rapidly evolving mechanical child of the 20th century, thus became the perfect metal canvas upon which to express the popular art deco style. 

While today manufacturers often strive for economy and efficiency, this was a period when innovation and elegance reigned supreme. Influenced by an international art movement, automakers embraced the sleek, new streamlined forms and aircraft-inspired materials to create memorable automobiles that still thrill all who see them. With bold, sensuous shapes; handcrafted details; and luxurious finishes, the 14 automobiles and three motorcycles in the exhibition provide stunning examples of car design … with artistic flair.

Please note: The 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Aérolithe will return to the Guild of Automotive Restorers in Canada on Friday, January 6. Read more about this incredible automobile on the wall panel at and on Circa, the NCMA blog.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.
the Cars
The Cars
  • BMW R7 Concept Motorcycle, 1934
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  • Bugatti Type 57S Aerolithe, 1935
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  • Chrysler Imperial Model C-2 Airflow, 1935
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  • Chrysler Thunderbolt, 1941
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  • Edsel Ford’s Model 40 Speedster, 1934
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  • Henderson KJ Streamline, 1930
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  • Hispano-Suiza H6B “Xenia,”1938
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  • Indian Model 441, 1941
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  • Packard Twelve Model 1106, 1934
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  • Peugeot 402 Darl’mat Coupe, 1936
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  • Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, 1933
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  • Ruxton Model C, 1930
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  • Stout Scarab, 1936
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  • Talbot-Lago T-150C-SS Teardrop, 1938
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  • Tatra T87, 1940
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  • Voisin C28 Clairière, 1936
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  • Delahaye 135M Figoni Roadster, 1938
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Plan Your Visit

North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607-6494
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  • Hours
  • Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm
  • Friday 10 am–9 pm
  • Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
  • Monday Closed

Note: The Museum's East Building (including Rolling Sculpture) will be open on Monday, December 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. West Building will be closed.

The Museum Park is open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk.

Tickets and Tours

Tickets

$19 Adults
$16 Seniors (65+), military, groups of 10+, college students with current ID
$13 Youth 7−18
Free: Members (first visit), children 6 and under, college students on Friday nights 5−9 pm (with current ID)

Tickets are on sale now!

Guided Tours

"Ask Me" roaming docents will be available to answer questions in the exhibition from 1 to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from October 12 through December 21.

School and youth groups: Tours for school and youth groups are available Tuesdays–Sundays at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and other times as available. Free tour and admission for K–college students in groups of 10–60. One adult chaperon per 10 students is admitted free; additional adults must buy exhibition tickets. Request at least four weeks in advance. Request a school or youth group tour

Adults: Private guided tours and experiences for adults are available Tuesdays–Sundays, depending upon availability. Adult guided tours and experiences are $50 for each group up 15 people. Request at least four weeks in advance. Request a tour or contact Janis Treiber to discuss customized experiences.

More information about guided tours

Parking

Parking

Visitor parking is free and available in the Blue Ridge lot, on the right after entering the Museum drive. Overflow parking is behind West Building, on the left after entering the Museum drive.

Visitor drop-off is located between West and East buildings and can be reached by turning left after entering the Museum drive and following the signs.

Accommodations

Accommodations

Homewood Suites, Raleigh Crabtree Valley (2.8 miles from NCMA)
Marriott Fairfield Inn & SuitesCourtyard, or Residence Inn, Raleigh Crabtree Valley (3.2 miles from NCMA)
Hyatt Place Raleigh West (3.7 miles from NCMA)
The Umstead Hotel and Spa (5 miles from NCMA)

Arrange group hotel accommodations or visits to other attractions in the Raleigh area through the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dining

Dining

The Museum offers three dining options: Iris, a full-service restaurant, and Sip, a casual coffee bar, both in West Building; and the Art Deco Café in East Building, one floor down from the exhibition.

Art Deco Café, East Building, Level C

A light meal in our casual, quick-service café will keep your engine running. See menu here.

Hours
Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–4:30 pm
Friday 10 am–8:30 pm
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm
Closed Mondays
 
Iris, West Building

Iris is a sophisticated, full-service restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with regional and international flavors in a distinctly modern setting. Specializing in seasonal fare using many locally sourced ingredients, the Museum restaurant, led by chefs Andy and Jennifer Hicks, features culinary works of art that showcase a complex culture of flavors.

View the menu here.

Reservations for Iris are accepted and encouraged. Call (919) 664-6838.

Hours
Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–2 pm
Friday dinner 5:30–10 pm (last seating 8:30 pm)
Sunday brunch 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Closed Mondays

Sip, West Building

Stop by our coffee bar for a quick pick-me-up. Featuring local Joe Van Gogh coffee, espresso-based drinks, tea, and pastries, Sip is next to the Museum Store.

Hours
Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm
Closed Mondays


 

Museum Policies

Museum Policies

Photography for personal use is permitted in the Rolling Sculpture exhibition; however, tripods and video cameras are prohibited. Share your photos on social media with the hashtag #NCMAcars.

Photography and filming for commercial purposes require approval and may be subject to fees. (See our Commercial Photography and Filming Policy for details.)

More information about Museum policies and accessibility.

Shopping

Museum Store

The Exhibition Store, in East Building outside the exhibition gallery, sells the Rolling Sculpture exhibition catalogue along with related merchandise, books, and art deco–inspired pieces.

Open during exhibition hours.

Also visit the main Museum Store in West Building for a wide selection of art books, beautiful artist-crafted jewelry, and educational toys, books, art kits, and games. There are items for every budget and all occasions.

Press

Press

The NCMA communications team is happy to work with members of the press to coordinate media visits, arrange interviews and photo shoots, and provide high-res images.

If you would like to schedule a visit or photo shoot, set up an interview with a curator, or request high-res images from the exhibition, please email or call Emily Kowalski, communications manager, at (919) 664-6795. You may also download the press release on the exhibition here.

Tickets

$19 Adults
$16 Seniors (65+), military, groups of 10+, college students with current ID
$13 Youth 7−18
Free: Members (first visit), children 6 and under, college students on Friday nights 5−9 pm (with current ID)

Tickets are on sale now!

Guided Tours

"Ask Me" roaming docents will be available to answer questions in the exhibition from 1 to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from October 12 through December 21.

School and youth groups: Tours for school and youth groups are available Tuesdays–Sundays at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and other times as available. Free tour and admission for K–college students in groups of 10–60. One adult chaperon per 10 students is admitted free; additional adults must buy exhibition tickets. Request at least four weeks in advance. Request a school or youth group tour

Adults: Private guided tours and experiences for adults are available Tuesdays–Sundays, depending upon availability. Adult guided tours and experiences are $50 for each group up 15 people. Request at least four weeks in advance. Request a tour or contact Janis Treiber to discuss customized experiences.

More information about guided tours

Parking

Visitor parking is free and available in the Blue Ridge lot, on the right after entering the Museum drive. Overflow parking is behind West Building, on the left after entering the Museum drive.

Visitor drop-off is located between West and East buildings and can be reached by turning left after entering the Museum drive and following the signs.

Accommodations

Homewood Suites, Raleigh Crabtree Valley (2.8 miles from NCMA)
Marriott Fairfield Inn & SuitesCourtyard, or Residence Inn, Raleigh Crabtree Valley (3.2 miles from NCMA)
Hyatt Place Raleigh West (3.7 miles from NCMA)
The Umstead Hotel and Spa (5 miles from NCMA)

Arrange group hotel accommodations or visits to other attractions in the Raleigh area through the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dining

The Museum offers three dining options: Iris, a full-service restaurant, and Sip, a casual coffee bar, both in West Building; and the Art Deco Café in East Building, one floor down from the exhibition.

Art Deco Café, East Building, Level C

A light meal in our casual, quick-service café will keep your engine running. See menu here.

Hours
Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–4:30 pm
Friday 10 am–8:30 pm
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm
Closed Mondays
 
Iris, West Building

Iris is a sophisticated, full-service restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with regional and international flavors in a distinctly modern setting. Specializing in seasonal fare using many locally sourced ingredients, the Museum restaurant, led by chefs Andy and Jennifer Hicks, features culinary works of art that showcase a complex culture of flavors.

View the menu here.

Reservations for Iris are accepted and encouraged. Call (919) 664-6838.

Hours
Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–2 pm
Friday dinner 5:30–10 pm (last seating 8:30 pm)
Sunday brunch 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Closed Mondays

Sip, West Building

Stop by our coffee bar for a quick pick-me-up. Featuring local Joe Van Gogh coffee, espresso-based drinks, tea, and pastries, Sip is next to the Museum Store.

Hours
Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm
Closed Mondays


 

Museum Policies

Photography for personal use is permitted in the Rolling Sculpture exhibition; however, tripods and video cameras are prohibited. Share your photos on social media with the hashtag #NCMAcars.

Photography and filming for commercial purposes require approval and may be subject to fees. (See our Commercial Photography and Filming Policy for details.)

More information about Museum policies and accessibility.

Museum Store

The Exhibition Store, in East Building outside the exhibition gallery, sells the Rolling Sculpture exhibition catalogue along with related merchandise, books, and art deco–inspired pieces.

Open during exhibition hours.

Also visit the main Museum Store in West Building for a wide selection of art books, beautiful artist-crafted jewelry, and educational toys, books, art kits, and games. There are items for every budget and all occasions.

Press

The NCMA communications team is happy to work with members of the press to coordinate media visits, arrange interviews and photo shoots, and provide high-res images.

If you would like to schedule a visit or photo shoot, set up an interview with a curator, or request high-res images from the exhibition, please email or call Emily Kowalski, communications manager, at (919) 664-6795. You may also download the press release on the exhibition here.

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