The Automobile and American Art
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM (SAAM)
SCOPE OF WORK
SIE worked with SAAM to develop, design, fabricate, and install a display of more than 100
model cars donated by collector Albert H. Small. The display provides a unique lens through
which to explore SAAM’s collection and the role of the automobile in American art. SIE also
assisted with content development for an accompanying digital interactive.
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A design rendering of the installation
Albert H. Small’s collection of more than 1,200 model cars features everything from a Model T Ford to a pink Cadillac.
Graphics: The installation features images of artists and their cars.
Final design layout of the large back-lit artifact case
SIE designed a large back-lit display case with room for 112 model cars. An additional case brings the total up to 133. That’s a lot of cars!
A close-up view of the model cars
A splash of color souped up the space to make it more inviting for visitors. Installation of three-dimensional letters for a wall quote on the opposite side of the hallway.