Art Deco Autos

A 1930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster

A 1930 Jordan Model Z Speedway Ace Roadster

Art Deco Autos at Frist (1)

You need not remind me that the Murfreesboro Pulse keeps tabs on the heart of the ‘Boro. But does not the life blood that pulsates through this town, flow up the highway to Nashville, via the main artery—the 24? We are one Tennessean body with many members.

I never notice billboards—ever—but one day as the ebb and flow of life took me along this main highway, my eyes alerted my brain of a wonderful sight, and the red, white and blue blood cells started vrooming their circuit at record speeds!

What had caught the eyes’ attention was a splendid billboard displaying the curvaceous contours of a crimson automobile, circa 1930. It was an advert for Sensuous Steel Art Deco Automobiles, and a couple of stunning motorcycles that make the most pricey 2013 Harley look dowdy by comparison. All 16 are parked and shining brilliantly now at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville. Tickets for this one are $10 for adults, $7 for students, with 18 and under free! The motors won’t be wheeled away until Sept. 15.

I’m tellin’ you, if you want to see some serious steel that the likes of Fred Astaire, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn used to drive, then, the Frist is the hub you need to tap on over to. Mounting such exquisite machines in the former Nashville central post office, built in 1933 and a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture, was a stroke of genius. The very cars that could have been parked in front 80 years ago are now inside.

If you don’t go now, you’ll wish you had.

Learn more about the exhibit here

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