CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 22, 1999
'Driven!' exhibition shows Americans obsession
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
Cant live without your car? ''Driven! Americas Obsession with
the Automobile'' a new exhibition at the University of Iowa Libraries, traces
the automobiles inception as a late 19th century self-propelled carriage
to its modern form as a means of travel that is regarded as more of a necessity
than a convenience.
The free and public exhibition on display now through
September shows and examines our personal obsession with the auto, how it
came to dominate the American economy, and as a result, how it became an impetus
that changed Americas landscape and culture.
Scale models of classic automobiles and other display
items donated by The Ertl Company, Dyersville, along with materials from the
UI Libraries, will be on view in the North Exhibition Hall at the UI Main
Materials from the Libraries collections create an
illustrated timeline that explores the automotive evolution and roadside culture.
Other items chronicling the car in art and literature and highway commerce
add fluidity to the exhibition.
For additional information about the exhibition, call
the UI Libraries at 319-335-5867.