Thursday, July 17, 2014
7 to 10:30 pm
Museum Plaza
Free public event

Galleries open at 7:30 pm, providing the public their first opportunity to view “Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler.” A competitive sprint car will be parked on the Plaza, where Scarpitta driver Greg O’Neill talks about racing at 8 pm. Hirshhorn assistant curator Melissa Ho leads an exhibition tour at 9 pm. The documentary “Art & Racing: The Work and Life of Salvatore Scarpitta” screens continuously throughout the evening. Barbecue and beer will be available for purchase on the Plaza. The other exhibitions on the museum’s Lower Level, “Black Box: Oliver Laric and “Directions: Jeremy Deller,” will also be open.

Salvatore Scarpitta, “Sal Cragar,” 1969. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Photo: Lee Stalsworth

(Source: hirshhorn-traveler, via design-reblog-catalog)


March 25, 1952: En route to the International Motor Sports show at the Grand Central Palace in Manhattan, Frazer L. W. Dougherty drove his Airphibian, an airplane that could be detached from its wings and tail to become an odd little car, down Grand Central Parkway. Mr. Dougherty was quoted in The Boston Globe as hoping to sell the Airphibian to the public soon. Meanwhile, in a preview of the auto show, The Times published a vision of the car of the future — “telescoping wheels for leapfrogging traffic,” a microphone for “yelling at drivers, pedestrians,” a “soda pop dispenser,” a bumper to protect the grill and a bumper to protect the grill bumper were among its features. Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times