Behind the Wheel

Photography exhibit featuring works by multiple artists conveying the enduring love affair between Southern California and their automobiles.

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, time TBA

Where: S.B. Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Exhibitions


Exhibit runs May 5 – August 12.

On December 12, 1925, the world's first motel opened just north of Santa Barbara. At that time, the Milestone Mo-Tel in San Luis Obispo sat along the nascent two-lane highway, the "101," and charged $1.25 a night for a bungalow with attached garage. The era of automobiles as status symbols had begun; for it was only those with cruise-worthy cars that would stop at the Motel Inn on their way between LA and San Francisco. Today, Southern California is still a car culture. This exhibition will examine the enduring love affair between Southern Californians and their automobiles. Chosen primarily from SBMA's permanent collection, these photographs explore the psychological place of the car in Southern California life. Whether in celebration, investigation, or incrimination, all of the photographs depict those mental states that can only be produced behind the wheel.

Pictured: "The Age of Adolescence 1959-1964" by Joseph Sterling, 2006.

Phone: 805-963-4364

Event posted May 2, 2012
Last updated May 2, 2012


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