In 1896, the Duryea Brothers built, advertised and sold a production run of 13 matching "motor wagons" at the birth of the American automobile industry.
A traveling exhibition now at the Hudson River Museum of Westchester is part of the celebration of the auto industry's 100th anniversary. "Art from the Driver's Seat: Americans and Their Cars" features the work of artists as varied as Grandma Moses and Red Grooms, Dorothea Lange and Jacob Lawrence.The show is a selection of drawings, prints, paintings, photographs and mixed-media works that tell the story of Americans' love affair with the car from its earliest days. Landmarks are John Sloan's "5th Avenue 1909," Thomas Hart Benton's "Main Street" and Peter Hooven's "Drive-In."
The show will close in Yonkers Dec. 15, and in 1997 will then go to:
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wis., Jan. 11-March 2.
- Gilcrease Museum of Art, Tulsa, Okla., March 16-May 4.
- Flint (Mich.) Institute of Arts, May 25-July 13.
- Mobile (Ala.) Museum of Art, Aug. 3-Sept. 28.
- The Columbus (Ga.) Museum, Oct. 12-Nov. 30.
- Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tenn., Dec. 14-Feb. 8, 1998.