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Jun
16
Sat
Talking About Cars: Jay Leno & Ken Gross
Jun 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Talking About Cars: Jay Leno & Ken Gross

Jay Leno, Comedian and automobile collector
Ken Gross, Guest Curator, The Shape of Speed

In celebration of our highly-anticipated special exhibition, The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942we welcome car collector and comedian Jay Leno to the Museum for a lively conversation with guest curator Ken Gross. Leno will discuss his private collection and the art of automobile collecting.

Food and drink available for purchase.

Ticket availability is limited; Advance purchase recommended.

General Admission – $50

7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
General admission includes Jay Leno’s conversation with Ken Gross only. Food and drink will be available for purchase starting at 6:30 P.M.

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Preferred Ticket – Sold Out

5:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Includes refreshments, a private exhibition viewing with Jay Leno, and priority lecture seating.

Jun
17
Sun
Opening Lecture: The Shape of Speed
Jun 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Opening Lecture: The Shape of Speed

Behind the Headlights: Fascinating Tales of the Cars and Motorcycles in The Shape of Speed

Ken Gross, Guest Curator, The Shape of Speed

The 19 streamlined cars and motorcycles in The Shape of Speed span a fascinating time period from 1930-42. Despite the debts of the Great Depression and the looming threat of war, the U.S. and European automotive industry’s creativity and imagination was unparalleled at the time. Go behind the scenes to hear stories of the famous designers, talented engineers, and past and present owners of the vehicles that represent some of the most fascinating events in automotive history.

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Jun
23
Sat
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Jun 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Jun
24
Sun
Streamlined Sundays: Motorcycles in the Park
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Streamlined Sundays: Motorcycles in the Park

In celebration of The Shape of Speed, and the first of three Streamlined Sundays, the Museum presents Motorcycles in the Park. Join us for a day of outdoor fun on the Park Blocks, plus gallery exploration and amazing motorcycles! Registration for bike showcase is open through June 10.


Interested in showing off your ride? Submit a registration form for Motorcycles in the Park—when Portland Art Museum hosts a day of outdoor fun in celebration of our special exhibition The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930-1942. Accepted motorcycle entries will be showcased on the Park Blocks where visitors can learn from enthusiasts about motorcycle building and collecting.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 10th

Entry fees (to be paid upon acceptance) begin at $35/bike for the Park Blocks motorcycle showcase, or registrants can upgrade to $50 for Park Blocks showcase + one ticket to The Shape of Speed special exhibition. Registration is subject to approval. See form for details.

 

Motorcycles in the Park Registration
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By submitting this registration form, I understand the following: Motorcycle entries must be transportable and in complete, working condition (no partial bikes); Motorcycle entries must not display any vulgar language or offensive imagery; Parties responsible for motorcycle (owner, driver, etc.) must be present during entirety of event; Portland Art Museum has the right to refuse entry should bikes not fall into the scope of this show; Registration is limited on a first come, first serve basis; Motorcycles in the Park will take place rain or shine with no alternate rain date; Registration fees are non-refundable and must be paid by applicant upon acceptance of entry.
Jul
3
Tue
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Jul 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Jul
5
Thu
Baby Morning: The Shape of Speed
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Baby Morning: The Shape of Speed

We welcome babies and their caregivers for tea beginning at 10 a.m. The first tour will begin at roughly 10:30 a.m. or when we have a large enough group ready to go. The second tour will begin 45 minutes later, or when a second group is ready. No need to be “on time” for this informal program. Baby Morning’s home base remains open until 12:30 p.m. with toys, games, and books, providing a welcoming, accommodating space free of worries. Caregivers are also welcome to leave belongings here while on the tour. Carriers are recommended while in the galleries, but not required.

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Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Jul
7
Sat
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Jul
8
Sun
Streamlined Sundays: Cars in the Park
Jul 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Streamlined Sundays: Cars in the Park

40 classic sports cars from 1967 and earlier will line the Park Blocks outside the Museum for this month’s Streamlined Sunday, a program of The Shape of Speed. Ranging from 1930’s Alfa Romeos to competition Ferraris from the 1960s, Cars in the Park is the kickoff for Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market 30th Anniversary Tour.

Jul
15
Sun
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Jul 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Jul
18
Wed
Panel Discussion: The Shape of Speed
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel Discussion: The Shape of Speed

The Shape of Style: How Streamlining Led the Way to the Modern Automobile

Ken Gross, Guest Curator, The Shape of Speed
Peter Mullin, Art and Automobile Collector, Founder of the Mullin Automotive Museum
Richard Adatto, Author and French automobile expert
David Rand, former General Motors Executive Director of Advanced Design

In the 1930s, the automobile evolved from a boxy, utilitarian conveyance to a sleek, aerodynamic work of rolling art. Join this distinguished panel of collectors and experts for an insightful discussion examining how the art and science of streamlining helped create some of the most beautiful cars and motorcycles ever designed.

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Jul
24
Tue
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Jul
29
Sun
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Jul 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Aug
5
Sun
Streamlined Sundays: Miller Family Free Day – Oregon Travel Trailers & Trucks
Aug 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Streamlined Sundays: Miller Family Free Day – Oregon Travel Trailers & Trucks

Sharon L. Miller and Family Community Free Day

The Shape of Speed: Oregon Travel Trailers & Trucks

In 1931, Airstream trailers began with Baker City, Oregon–born Wally Byam’s dream: to build a travel trailer that would move like a stream of air, be light enough to be towed by a car, and create first-class accommodations anywhere. Not too long after, Leland James, president of Portland-based trucking company Consolidated Freightways, approached manufacturers with his idea of building trucks with lightweight aluminum instead of traditional steel and eventually founded Freightliner. Join us for a festive day of vehicle streamlining Oregon-style with a chance to see new and vintage travel trailers on display courtesy of the Oregon Airstream Club along with a very special restored vintage Freightliner truck. 

Family programs are generously supported in part by Sharon L. Miller and Family, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, the Lamb Baldwin Foundation, and the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation.

Aug
9
Thu
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Aug
11
Sat
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Aug
25
Sat
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Sep
4
Tue
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Sep 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Sep
9
Sun
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Sep 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Sep
13
Thu
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.

Sep
16
Sun
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: The Shape of Speed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition The Shape of Speed, Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930–1942.