Design: Auto-Intoxication in Los Angeles

A new museum's look in the rearview mirror

American automobile production is only as old as the century: in that brief span the car has probably changed our lives as much as any invention in all the previous epochs. It was time that some courageous museum looked in the rear-view mirror and mounted a show to celebrate and lament those alterations. The exhibit is called "Automobile and Culture," and it is housed in the new Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Warehoused might be a more appropriate term. In an old factory in...

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