Bikes + cars at the Frist

Is biking to see an automotive exhibit the ultimate in cognitive dissonance? Don’t ask me; I was an English major. Anyway. Whitney and I did just that a couple of Thursdays ago, for the members-only preview of Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles.


I tried to wait out the woman in the background, but no dice.


Yes, we biked in these outfits.

We somehow found our friend Amanda in the crowded hallway outside the exhibition. Drinks and free hors d’oeuvres were on offer, but about 30 minutes in, the latter were completely gone and even the former was limited (out of white wine!). Lesson: When coming to an event that is likely to include many retirees, expect the food to run out early.


We enjoyed wandering through the exhibit and considering which of these cars we would most want to drive (and which you would probably need a driver for). Now, for a few car photos!


  • fordfrank

    Ford 1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet owned by Frank Lloyd Wright

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    1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet “Xenia” Coupe

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    This 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Cabriolet belonged to the Shah of Persia

  • David P.

    Not at all! I ride to car things, too. I see you rode your Peugeot – google “Peugeot Darl’mat Special Sport” for an Art Deco sister to it :) The Figoni-bodied Delahayes, in particular, have always made me swoon.

    • LGRAB

      Ooh. Love!

  • Fred Smith

    I’m sure one of those was the Batmobile :-)

  • ridonrides

    Oh my goodness! I checked out the website and saw the orange car that is in your photo. Stepping into that would feel like stepping into a horseless carriage. The car is the size of a boat! I love the look of vintage cars. There are a few floating around in my neighborhood and they are showstoppers.

    • LGRAB

      How fun to have them around your ‘hood!

  • Dottie

    Looks like an interesting exhibit! I know how you love Art Deco. Good tip about the early bird special. :)

    You and W are lovely, as always.