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Toledo Museum of Art film series begins June 27

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Museum

The movies and the automobile share a common history, born at the end of the 19th century and becoming ubiquitous throughout the 20th century. Find One in Every Car: On the Road in American Movies explores the impact and central role of the car in American culture.

The film series is held in conjunction with Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, which explores the rise of the automobile as a popular visual symbol of American culture. The exhibition runs through Sept. 15, 2019, and includes more than 150 works of art in a wide variety of media.

“The timelines of cinema and the automobile really coincide,” explained Scott Boberg, manager of programs. “This film series provides the opportunity to see how the automobile has influenced our culture as well as showcase the history of cinema.”

The film contains two themes with Thursday evening films focusing on action and the sense of individualism and freedom that the car provides. These include the 1967 Steve McQueen film Bullitt and the first film in the Fast and Furious franchise. 

“Thursday’s films include chase films, comedies and cult classics that explore American landscapes and identity,” Boberg said.

Saturday afternoon films focus on the interwoven history that the automobile shares with cinema, and includes family-friendly selections and historical genre films.

“Saturday’s film selection speaks to what the automobile means to America,” Boberg said.

Tickets are $5 for TMA members, $7 for nonmembers, and $4 for students and military. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Film Schedule:

  • Thursday, June 27 - Bullitt (1968, PG, 1 hour 54 minutes)
  • Saturday, June 29 - The Automobile in the Silent Era (short films)
  • Thursday, July 11 - Duel (1971, PG, 1 hour, 30 minutes)
  • Thursday, July 18 - Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, R, 1 hour, 42 minutes)
  • Saturday, July 20 – The Crowd Roars (1932, not rated, 1 hour, 25 minutes)
  • Thursday, July 25 – Vanishing Point (1971, R, 1 hour, 39 minutes)
  • Saturday, July 27 – The Grapes of Wrath (1940, not rated, 2 hours, 9 minutes)
  • Thursday, Aug. 1 – The Cannonball Run (1981, PG, 1 hour, 35 minutes)
  • Saturday, Aug. 3 – Thunder Road (1958, not rated, 1 hour, 32 minutes)
  • Thursday, Aug. 8 – Repo Man (1984, R, 1 hour, 32 minutes)
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 – Lost in America (1985, R, 1 hour, 31 minutes)
  • Saturday, Aug. 17 – Tucker, The Man and His Dream (1988, PG, 1 hour, 50 minutes)
  • Thursday, Aug. 22 – Thelma & Louise (1991, R, 2 hours, 10 minutes)
  • Thursday, Aug. 29 – The Fast and the Furious (2001, PG-13, 1 hour, 46 minutes)
  • Saturday, Aug. 31 – Cars (2006, G, 1 hour, 57 minutes)
  • Saturday, Sept. 7 – Green Book (2018, PG-13, 2 hours, 10 minutes)

Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture is presented by BP America with additional support from Taylor Cadillac, the Ohio Arts Council and 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.