August 18, 2018
Drive-In was a series of three experimental, one-night-only group exhibitions that employed vehicles as spaces for unconventional contemporary art. Each of the exhibitions included installations by Colorado-based artists who were invited to produce an artwork using their own, or borrowed, vehicles as a starting point for experimentation. The series explored our multifaceted relationships with automobiles beyond their function as modes of transportation.
Titled after a 2010 exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. “House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage,” this exhibition Drive-In: House of Cars reimagines the parking garage as a venue for contemporary art.
In this exhibition, eleven Colorado-based artists use their own, or borrowed, cars as inspiration for temporary artworks that explore our multifaceted relationship with automobiles. The artworks in the exhibition expand on how each artist relates to cars as not only forms of transportation, but as an extension of identity, economy, and symbol of freedom. This final exhibition takes us to the common space of a minimalist two-story parking garage located within Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. First developed in the 1920s in the U.S., these structures have grown to dominate the urban landscape and are a significant aspect as to how cities are designed.
At a moment when car culture is dynamically changing nationally (self-driving technology, electric vehicles, U.S. oil surplus) and locally (density, higher traffic), Drive-In: House of Cars offers a place for viewers to ponder how we personify automobiles, beyond the realm of functionality.
This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.