Small Cars, Big Ideas
The Wolfsonian has partnered with Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Smart Car, during the week of Art Basel|Miami Beach and Design Miami (December 2-9, 2008), to host to eight Smart cars, each customized with a different quote about democracy from a renowned artist or designer and with graphics created by Elliot Earls, Cranbrook’s artist-in-residence The cars will be used to transport guests of the two institutions.
From the press release:
The project, titled Smart: Thoughts on Democracy, complements The Wolfsonian’s exhibit Thoughts on Democracy, an initiative in which more than sixty artists and designers created original works inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” posters. The idea of the exhibition—inviting artists and designers to participate in a graphic “remix” that reinterprets Rockwell’s posters in today’s visual language and given today’s political climate—has resulted in a thought-provoking and stimulating exhibition on view in the museum’s lobby through December 7, 2008. The exhibition, in turn, gave rise to the idea of soliciting artists’ quotes on democracy to include on the Smart cars.