Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929–1940

Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles

From Feb 21, 2016 – May 30, 2016, The Museum Of Fine Arts Houston showcases the art and elegance of Art Deco design as expressed through automobiles and motorcycles of the period. 

Sculpted in Steel showcases 14 cars and three motorcycles  from the United States and around the world that exemplify the classic grace and modern luxury of the Art Deco movement. Historical images as well as videos supplement your journey into this creative era that began in France in the early 20th century and permeated everything from from fashion and fine art to architecture and transportation.

If you find yourself unable to addend, consider the  illustrated catalogue, available through the MFA shop.


O. Ray Courtney, Henderson Motorcycle Co., KJ Streamline Motorcycle, 1930, Frank Westfall, Ner-A-Car Museum, Syracuse, New York. Image © 2008 Peter Harholdt


Gordon Miller Buehrig, Cord Corporation, Auburn Automobile Company, Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan, 1936, collection of Rich and Debbie Fass, Pittstown, New Jersey / Stone Barn Inc. Auto Restorations, Vienna, New Jersey. Image © 2008 Peter Harholdt


Designer unknown, BMW AG, BMW R7 Concept Motorcycle, 1934, BMW Classic Collection. Image © 2008 Peter Harholdt


Bodywork designed by Figoni & Falaschi, Delahaye, 135M Competition Coupe, 1936, the Patterson Collection. Image © 2008 Peter Harholdt


Joseph Fields