Toledo Museum of Art hosts classic car weekend Aug. 23-24
TOLEDO: Inspired by the Life Is a Highway: Art and American
Car Culture exhibition, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA)
is hosting a classic car weekend Aug. 23-24, 2019 with a
drive-in movie, a car show on Monroe Street, and a fundraising
event organized by the TMA Ambassadors.
• TMA will show a free screening of American Graffiti
as part of its Films in the Great Outdoor series Friday, Aug.
23 at 9:15 p.m. in Parking Lot 3, located on the southeast
side of the campus. This coming-of-age film, directed and
co-written by George Lucas, tells the story of a group of
teenagers and their adventures over the course of a single night
during the summer of 1962.
Visitors with vehicles built before 1963 are invited to bring
their cars and watch from Parking Lot 3. Other guests are
encouraged to bring chairs and blankets and watch from the
grassy areas on the north and east side of the lot.
• On Saturday, Aug. 24, from noon to 3 p.m., art and
car enthusiasts alike are invited to view unique vehicles, enjoy
live music by The Good, The Bad, and The Blues, and
participate in kid-friendly art-making experiences during a
free, classic car show on Monroe Street in front of the Museum.
The University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will make a
special appearance on the Monroe Street terrace of the Museum as
part of the afternoon festivities.
“As part of the Life Is a Highway exhibition, TMA wants
visitors to not only see the exhibition but experience a bit of
car culture by having car shows on the Museum grounds,” said
Maria Iafelice, the Museum’s youth and family programs
manager. “We have really enjoyed the first two car shows and we
expect this to be another fun weekend.”
The TMA Ambassadors
will host the TMA Highway Ride, a fundraising event full
of car culture summer fun, Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7 to 11
p.m. in the GlasSalon. The event features live music by The
Grape Smugglers, slot car racing, a racecar simulator, a special
car-themed glassblowing demonstration, grazing stations with
locally sourced summer fare, and a cash bar. Tickets are $100
for Museum members and $125 for nonmembers in advance; day-of
tickets are $150 for members and nonmembers alike. The TMA
Highway ride is generously sponsored by The Jim White Family in
memory of Sue White, former president of the TMA Ambassadors.
Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture explores
the rise of the automobile as a popular visual symbol of
American culture through more than 150 works of art in a wide
variety of media—including painting, sculpture, photography,
prints, and drawings—and a diversity of artists and
perspectives, drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection along
with important loans from many other North American
institutions. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, Sept.
15, 2019. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum
members and $12 for nonmembers, with additional discounts for
seniors, college students, military ($10) and youth ages 5-17
($7). Children ages four and younger receive free admission to