The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Tuesday, March 24 featuring photographer Michael Furman, photographer of the world’s most significant cars. Michael will speak on The Art of the Automobile at 6 pm. Light refreshments will be served from 5PM to 6PM. This event is free and open to the public. However, please register so that we may have adequate seating.
Everyone wants a piece of the past especially if it is a historically or artistically important piece. The automobile has matured from its earliest days as a curiosity to a conveyance; evolving from the carriage to the horseless carriage; from a necessity to statement of ownership; from practicality to artistic form; from a preview of the future to the definitive social commentary of the past century. The automobile’s history is a timeline of our industrial growth, our social changes and political direction. As the automobile has become more prominent, so has its collectability. The first collectors acquired cars that they liked, very often relating to the first cars of their youth. As these young collectors gained more wealth, they were able to purchase the cars of their dreams. The proliferation of concours d’elegance put these cars on a pedestal, a spotlight on the craftsmanship of the restorers. Michael will present a number of these great cars and lead a discussion on the growing interest in collecting cars.
Michael’s published works include: Motorcars of the Classic Era; Automobiles of the Chrome Age, 1946-1960; The Art and Colour of General Motors; Speed, Style and Beauty, The Cars of the Ralph Lauren Collection; Delahaye Styling and Design; The Art of Bugatti: Mullin Automotive Museum; The Spirit of Competition; French Curves; Vitesse-Élégance: French Expression of Flight and Motion; Automotive Jewelry, Volumes I and II; and Porsche Unexpected: Discoveries in Collecting; Curves of Steel.
Major exhibitions have included Auto/Photo: American Car Culture in Photography at the Hunan Provincial Museum in Changsha, China, Michael Furman at The Automotive Hall of Fame, Legendary Italian Automobiles at the Alden B. Dow Museum in Midland, Michigan and in 2011 The Ralph Lauren exhibit in Paris. Michael is a regular guest lecturer at art schools and professional gatherings across the United States. He has also been honored by American Photographer, Communication Arts and PhotoGraphis, Auto Aficionado, Automobile Quarterly, Automobile Magazine and The International Historic Motoring Awards.