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W16 Calvo-Quiros - AMCULT 103 / LATINOAM 103 - Car Culture

American Culture (AMCULT) 103 Latino American Studies (LatinoAm) 103 Car Culture William Calvo-Quiros What can we learn from the evolution of cars in the United States? What can cars tell us about the American experience, their anxieties, and changes in demographics? Why people love and hate cars? How gender, class, citizenship and religion are deeply connected to the cars we have? How cars are designed and constructed? What do Lowriders, Monster Cars, and Hot Rods have in common? What is the most popular color in cars today? Is car culture dying in America? What is the car of the future? This class will analyze and study the history and evolution of cars and car cultures in the United States and in Michigan particularly. It will use and intersect issues of gender, class, race, and historicity as points of departure to understand the unique relationship the people in America, (and the nation) have with cars. Topics discussed in class will include: The process of car design and car production Car customization subcultures Gender and women in cars The evolution, emergence and decline of motor cities such as Detroit, and the emergence of suburbia The politics of mass transportation and electric cars RVs, trucks, racing cars, and collection cars The evolution of driverless cars (e.g., Google car) Latina/os and cars The politics of Freeways design Class materials and activities will include visits to car factories, car museums, and car shows, as well as reading and analyzing academic essays, novels, narratives, documentary films, and a autobiographical/ethnographic writing assignment. Segments from these books will discussed in class: Daniel Miller, Car Cultures Rudi Volti, Car and Culture: The Life Story of a Technology Jonathan Glancey, The Car: History of the Automobile Richard Hammond, Car Science Douglas G. Brinkley, Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress Micheline Maynard, The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market Paul Ingrassia, Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

Ron Kleemann
Gas Line, from "City-Scapes Portfolio"
1937 - 1991
screenprint | paper
Gift of Eugene Schuster
1991/1.66.8
A sedan parked in an empty lot on a snowy night is illuminated by a brightly-lit electric Christmas star.
Joel Meyerowitz
JFK Airport, New York City
1968
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Selma & Gerald Lotenberg
2000/2.158.1
Courtyard behind a group of buildings with a car and several motorcycles parked in front.
Eugène Atget
Cour, Rue de Valence
1922 - 1974
gold-toned gelatin silver print | paper
Museum Purchase
1974/1.117
A policeman stops a woman riding miniature car on the street, while onlookers congregate.
Joel Meyerowitz
Fifth Avenue, NYC
1968
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of Selma & Gerald Lotenberg
2000/2.158.6
Marion Post Wolcott
Picnicking on the Beach, Sarasota, Florida
1941
gelatin silver print | paper
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund
2002/1.229
Larry Stark
Main Street, St. Joseph
1970
screenprint | paper
Museum Purchase
1971/1.209
This landscape shows a brown, black, and white line drawing of a road and the buildings along it at night. There are two rows of buildings that face each other, and a road separating them. One of the buildings in the foreground has two billboards above it, illuminated at their top edges and spilling light onto the road around them. The area behind the row of buildings in the background is very dark, and the artist's signature is in the top left corner of the paper. A vehicle with bright headlights drives down the center of the road between the buildings, towards the right. 
Saul Steinberg
The Highway at Night
1954
pen and wash, watercolor, colored crayons | off-white paper
Museum Purchase
1977/1.181
Elevated view of traffic on an urban street. 
Karl Struss
Mercedes Autobus, Fifth Avenue and 38th Street, New York
1912
sepia-toned platinum print | paper
Gift of the artist
1978/2.42
Photograph of a gas station with a water tower in the background.
George A. Tice
Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
1974
gelatin silver print | paper
Museum Purchase
1976/2.13
This photograph depicts a cement interior with individuals on foot and in cars passing before a large American flag mural painted on the wall.
Robert Frank
American Flag in Brick Wall
1956
gelatin silver print | paper
Gift of The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, in memory of Morris D. Baker, a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Architecture, 1952
2000/2.134
This photograph depicts a parked car on the side of a snowy road with a painted mural of a sunset or sunrise on the wall beyond.
Greg Reeder
Untitled
1974
gelatin silver print | paper
Museum Purchase
1977/1.158
A polyurethane relief sculpture of the front end of an automobile superimposed over a silkscreen image of the car in an aluminum frame.<br />
Claes Oldenburg
Profile Airflow—Test Mold, Front End
1968 - 1972
polyurethane relief | Plexiglas
Museum Purchase
1975/1.80

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