Midday Art Break: The Shape of Speed

September 12, 2018 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


Take a break from your workday on the second Wednesday of the month and join a curator, museum educator, artist, or local scholar for a 45-minute talk in the galleries. Join Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Director, for a gallery tour highlighting vehicles in the special exhibition The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930-1942.

Program departs from the Main Entrance Lobby.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Chrysler Thunderbolt, 1941. Photo: Peter Harholdt.
Chrysler Thunderbolt, 1941. Photo: Peter Harholdt.
With its smooth, aerodynamic body shell; hidden headlights; enclosed wheels; and a retractable, one-piece metal hardtop (an American first), this stunning roadster hinted that tomorrow’s Chryslers would leave their angular, upright, and more prosaic rivals in the dust. Dramatically modern, the five Thunderbolts built were critically-acclaimed, but a high price tag deterred buyers. Some of the Thunderbolt’s advanced features found their way into post-WWII production Chryslers.