Cranbrook Bauder Lecture | Cars: Accelerating the Modern World (Brendan Cormier & Gregory Wittkopp)

Brendan Cormier is a Senior Design Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the co-curator of the V&A’s recent groundbreaking exhibition, Cars: Accelerating the Modern World (on display in London from November 23, 2019, until the museum’s March closure). More than a show about car design, the exhibition presented the car as a force for change that increased the pace of life in the twentieth century. Often embodying an image in constant, fast, free-flowing movement, the car has symbolized all kinds of social, political, personal, and economic transformation.

As an introduction to Brendan Cormier’s lecture, Center Director Gregory Wittkopp celebrated Cranbrook’s connection to the world of automotive design with remarks highlighting two significant connections between Cranbrook and cars drawn from the collections of Cranbrook Archives.

This lecture, originally scheduled to take place at Cranbrook on April 5, 2020, was presented as a virtual lecture and broadcast live from Cranbrook and London on June 28, 2020. 

Header Image: James Scripps Booth (Artist), Le Grand Prix – France Mural, 1914, Cranbrook House, Tower Garage. Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Cultural Properties Collections, Founders Collection (CEC 1137). Photography by R. H. Hensleigh; Copyright Cranbrook Archives.