Visitors to Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art have seen everything from eggbeaters to garbage cans displayed as works of art. Last week it was automobiles. On crushed stone runways in the museum's first-floor galleries and garden stood shining examples of what the museum calls "hollow rolling sculpture."
Museum judges shuffled through photographs of some 35 years of automaking, from early Bugattis and Stutz Bearcats to a 1951 Ford. Eliminating limousines and custom-built cars, they finally chose five European and three U.S. models for display. Then Curator Arthur Drexler wrote a learned catalogue discussing their "excellence as works of art."
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