A Gallery of Automotive Art is a new attraction as the Museum of American Speed reopens this spring. After being closed most of last year to comply with efforts to slow the COVID-19 virus, the museum, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, will reopen May 1 on summer hours, which are noon to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Curator Tim Matthews said the winter schedule of afternoon hours only on Monday and Friday, along with the Saturday hours, will be observed through April.
Opening exhibits in the art gallery, on the second floor of the three-story museum, feature works of Darryll Mayabb. A section of his home studio in Colorado has been replicated to display his paintings that range from cartoons to detailed portraits of hot rods and customs, show posters, and a Ford door with different views painted on the inside and outside of the window.
In another area a Duesenberg sculpture by Stanley Wanlass is displayed on a table with paintings by Dave Barnhouse and Robert Williams on the wall behind. Wood artist Jeff Hobgood created a cocktail table that is a giant replica of an Offy racing engine piston and connecting rod.
In an adjoining room several hundred works of automotive art, paintings and advertising are hung on steel mesh “screens” that can be rolled out to view the displays. Works on display in the gallery are created by living artists who currently have pieces for sale.
Directions and visitor information can be found at www.museumofamericanspeed.com.
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