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Free artist lecture at Toledo Museum of Art explores the art car in popular culture

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Andy Saunders, Picasso Citroën 2CV (2007)

Bowling Green State University professor and art car artist Matt Donahue, Ph.D., will explore the role of the art car in popular culture during a free lecture at Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Little Theater.

The event coincides with an art car-themed car show that will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Monroe Street between the Museum and the Glass Pavilion.

Donahue will examine the history of the art car, from hot rods in the 1950s to the psychedelic art car in the 1960s to the modern art car of today. An art car is when the exterior of an automobile serves as a canvas for an artist to create art on and has been popularized since the 1950s to the present. 

 “We are fortunate to have an award-winning art car artist who can not only share its history in popular culture but also talk about his process in creating more than 20 art cars that he has exhibited throughout the United States,” said Scott Boberg, TMA’s manager of programming and audience engagement.

Donahue is a lecturer in the department of popular culture at Bowling Green State University, specializing in topics related to popular culture, popular music, film, media and culture and popular culture and the arts.